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Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Heavy Rains, High Winds Hit

Heavy Rains, High Winds Hit Area Heavy rains and high winds pushed through the Westport area Monday afternoon, causing some minor flooding, downed tree branches, and scattered power outages.
Traffic on the I-95 Saugatuck River Bridge slows during a late afternoon rain storm. DOT photo
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning shortly after 5 p.m. for eastern Fairfield County and southern New Haven County. The weather station at Bedford Middle School on North Avenue registered wind gusts up to 29 miles per hour with rain falling at the rate of 1.6 inches an hour. The rain had slowed by 5:25 p.m. but the Bedford station measured 1.82 inches of rain for the day—an amount not seen in a month in recent years. The station at the Longshore Sailing School recorded gusts up to 36 miles per hour. Minor flooding was reported on Post Road East near Shaw’s Supermarket, Cross Highway near Punch Bowl, North Main Street near Canal, Compo Road South near the railroad overpass, Colony Road near Pumpkin Hill, Riverside Avenue near Burr Road, and Post Road East near Morningside Drive. Connecticut Light & Power Co. at midnight reported no Westport customers without power. At 7 p.m., the total was 158. At 7 a.m. today it said two customers had their power out but reported no customers without power as of 8 a.m. The National Weather Service reported a tornado warning from the same storm cell for areas east of Westport near the New Haven line, but it canceled the warning at about 5:50 p.m. Forecasters said more bad weather was on the way. They said low pressure developing over the Gulf of Mexico today will move northeast tonight, then pass through the area Wednesday morning. Rain in association with the low will develop tonight, becomng heavy at times mainly after midnight and continuing into early Wednesday afternoon. THey said total rainfall of one to two inches can be expected in some areas.

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