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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Westport Readies for Yet Another Storm

Westport officials today made preparations for what forecasters said could be a damaging wind and rain storm on Thursday.

“I was on a conference call two hours ago with the National Weather Service and we could get 3.5 inches of rain and wind gusts of 55 miles per hour or more,” First Selectman Gordon Joseloff told a late afternoon Board of Selectmen meeting.

He said forecasters said the heaviest winds could come between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. with torrential downpours of one inch or more per hour.

“This has the potential of being a very serious storm and Westporters need to take precautions,” he said.

The Public Works Department removed the American flags on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in early afternoon. Most of the flags and flagpoles were destroyed in a severe thunderstorm in July.

The Public Works department went through its usual pre-storm checks, clearing drains of leaves and other debris.

The fire and police departments made plans to bring in extra personnel as needed.

The state’s Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, in a late afternoon message to Emergency Management Directors, said its analysis of the weather data predicted winds at times could reach up to 60 miles per hour.

It said the band of rain and wind is forecast to take approximately 12 hours to cross Connecticut with the period of strongest winds and heaviest rainfall between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. in western Connecticut and 4 p.m. and midnight in the eastern portion of the state.

“Coastal towns and towns in the higher elevations of western Connecticut should plan for tree and power line damage to occur during the peak of the storm,” the message said.

“Urban flooding and some flooding of small streams is also likely.  Rainfall is expected to total between 3 – 5 inches with locally higher amounts possible in some areas between 8 a.m. and midnight on Thursday.” 

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