The last hurricane to strike Connecticut was Gloria in 1985. The center of circulation slid up the Atlantic, across Long Island, Long Island Sound and hit the beach in Milford. That’s not how it worked with Irene.
Irene tracked a few miles inland through New Jersey (weakening it) across the Lower Bay then another landfall at Coney Island before trekking through Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. It briefly crossed into Connecticut near Sharon, exiting just east of Canaan.
This map, put together by Dr. Robert Hart at Florida State University connects the official observations from the Hurricane Center. It’s possible when radar and satellite imagery is put into the mix the track will shift–probably not by much.
Funny that Litchfield County was key for designation as a crossing. Shows how little the specific track matttered at that point given Litchfield County barely noticed the wind
It seems this is the time to change how we categorize hurricanes and tropical storms. More on that in detail at a future date.