Hurricane Earl approaches southwestern Conn.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for southern New Haven County and a tropical storm watch is in effect for southern Fairfield County as

NORWALK - A tropical storm warning is in effect for southern New Haven County and a tropical storm watch is in effect for southern Fairfield County as Hurricane Earl makes its way toward the region.

The National Weather Service says damaging winds could hit Fairfield and New Haven counties.

The storm could whip up winds of up to 40 mph and waves measuring 3-6 feet.

Tracking Hurricane EarlWeather CenterWestport taking steps ahead of EarlSouthwestern Conn. boaters preparing for Earl's impactBarnum Museum boarding up before Earl hits

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