Thursday, June 24, 2010
A section of Westport’s Sturges Highway from Catamount Road to Meeker Road was closed this afternoon after a severe thunder and wind storm passed through the area, knocking down trees and power lines. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE High winds from a passing thunderstorm that touched off a tornado warning took down trees and power lines in the northeastern part of Westport bordering on Fairfield today.
A Department of Transportation camera shows an overturned tractor-trailer on I-95 in Bridgeport. Two Westport fire units and a canine unit were sent to assist Bridgeport in the storm’s aftermath. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) DOT photo
Trees were down with wires in multiple areas, according to police, fire and utility spokesmen. They included Catamount Road, Sturges Highway, Meeker Road, Long Lots Road near High Point Road, Easton Road, Bittersweet Lane, and Grays Farm Road. The storm passed through the area at about 2:20 p.m.
At 11 p.m., Connecticut Light and Power Co. reported four Westport customers were without power, down from 245 at 3 p.m.
Meanwhile, Westport emergency management officials dispatched a police canine team, a a fire engine company, and a rescue truck to Bridgeport where damage included a building collapse. Mayor Bill Finch declared a state of emergency and imposed a 5:30 p.m. curfew to get people off the streets.
With dark clouds rolling in and thunder beginning to rumble right around closing time at the Westport Farmer’s Market, the vendors scrambled to break down their stalls and pack up their things before the storm hit. While Westport experienced a short period of heavy rain, Bridgeport received the brunt of the storm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a tornado warning for portions of Fairfield County, including Westport.
Radar indicated the cells capable of producing a tornado were moving quickly away from Westport toward Bridgeport and the east as of 2:26 p.m.
UPDATE The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for an area that includes Westport until 2:45 p.m.
An application is in process to acquire a permit to demolish the house at 173 Cross Highway. Built in 1800, the two-story colonial has 2,229 square feet, is situated on a 2.41-acre property and changed ownership last month for $1,225,000. Because it was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The house at 6 Cobble Hill Road in Westport’s Old Hill section near Sylvan Road North was demolished today. Built in 1958, the one-story ranch had 1,638 square feet, was situated on a one-acre property adjacent to the short street’s dead end and changed ownership in April for $792,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on April 8, 2010. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for an area that includes Westport. The alert continues until 8 p.m.
An advisory said hail to 1.5 inches in diameter, thunderstorm wind gusts to 70 mph, and dangerous lightning are possible in the area.
A severe thunderstorm watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.
Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings. Severe thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce tornadoes, the National Weather Service said.
The formal opening of the retailer 4 @ 1 was celebrated today with a ribbon–cutting ceremony at 141 Post Road East, opposite the downtown post office. Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff (l) and Lisa Thygerson (r), president of the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce, joined the co-owners Seham Ibrahim and husband Akram Enany. The shop occupies the same location as a former retailer called “& Company” which was managed by Enany who describes the new store as one that specializes in “high end apparel for men, women and children as well as household accessories such as towels and linens.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE Metro-North said at 9:40 a.m. that the New Haven Line is operating on or close to schedule after earlier equipment shortages due to a derailment in Stamford Yard.
Editor’s note: WestportNow’s James Lomuscio took a test drive Wednesday of the new “smartfortwo electric drive” car that the Town of Westport is considering for use at a planned, electric charging station at the eastbound platform of Westport’s Metro-North station.
By James Lomuscio
There is no idle. No revving. No gears to shift. The only sign the car is on after you turn the key is that the needles on the two gauges atop the dashboard wave up and down.
James Lomuscio gets set to take the electric car for a test drive. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The first gauge measures the “state of charge,” and this one was set at about 98 percent, nearly a full tank in common vernacular. The other measures “the state of draw,” comparable to the battery meter in most gasoline powered vehicles.
Everything seemed quiet, almost too quiet. And simple.
“You’re still fighting the fact that it’s not complex enough,” said Derek Kaufman, vice president of business development for smart USA based in Bloomfield Hill, Mich. “The fact is there is great sophistication underneath that makes it seem simple.”
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