Sunday, October 30, 2011
Residents of Westport’s Leslie Lane thought they had escaped the worst of the storm this morning when they awoke to no loss of energy. Then just before 10 a.m. this tree toppled over taking out power and blocking access to this dead end street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Allan Siegert for WestportNow.com
Kalina Kinyon, 9, stands next to a maple tree branch that landed in her West Parish Road backyard during Saturday’s storm. The branch is standing straight up and resembles a teepee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Kinyon for WestportNow.com
State police said the Merritt Parkway and Wilbur Cross Parkways are still closed to all but emergency vehicles after Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered the shutdown on Saturday because of the storm.
They said an earlier report that it had been reopened was not correct.
Traffic is moving normally on I-95.
The Westport Weston Family Y said: “Please know that the Family Y is open for all with warm rooms and hot showers.”
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A Google map showing Westport’s storm-related incidents is being used for the first time to better inform the public about where trees and power lines are down and streets closed. The map is being updated by the town’s Emergency Operations Center at Westport Fire Headquarters and can be seen on the town website here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed graphic
This tree split in half and folded itself right over the power lines on Westport’s Birch Street off of Compo Road South—one of many such trees and power lines damaged by the October surprise storm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Heli Stag for WestportNow.com
Connecticut Light & Power Company said today the state has suffered “unprecedented damage” and asked residents to prepare for a week or more without power.
“Unprecedented damage from this storm. Please prepare for worst case scenario - a week or more without power,” read a message sent on Twitter
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy declared a state of emergency and urged residents to stay patient as power crews work to get power restored.
He scheduled a morning briefing with officials from CL&P and United Illuminating to talk about the storm damage and power restoration plan.
Due to weather conditions, EMCOR Group, Inc’s “Pink Hard Hat” event for Breast Cancer Awareness Westport Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Sherwood Island State Park at 10 a.m. has been canceled, organizers said.
UPDATE: Widespread power outages were reported across Westport as an October nor’easter brought heavy snow that brought down trees and power lines. CL&P is asking residents to report power outages by calling 800-286-2000, where the automated system will take your reported
At 6:55 a.m.., Connecticut Light & Power Co. reported 2,550 customers without power or 20 percent of those served.
Metro-North said regular Sunday service will be provided on the New Haven Line.
Customers should use caution when entering and exiting trains, on platforms and staircases, an advisory said.
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. said a Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. today.
An advisory said an additional inch or two of snowfall is expected with winds from the north 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. Temperatures will be in the lower 30s.
The Weather Service said snow will taper off from west to east overnight. Strong gusty winds will continue as will widespread tree damage and power outages. Travel will continue to be extremely hazardous.
Meanwhile, the Weather Service said a Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect until 4 a.m. with tidal departures of 2. to 2.5 feet during the overnight hours, resulting in widespread minor coastal flooding. High tide in Westport is at 2:07 a.m.
7:30 a.m. - Greens Farms Academy (35 Beachside Ave.) - 7th Annual Greens Farms Academy Dragon Dash
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Christie’s Country Store (161 Cross Highway) - Farmers Market (last one)
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Love: In the Eye of the Beholder” & “Malawi With Love”
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Twelfth Night, or What You Will”
4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “A League of Our Own,” film about League of Women Voters in Westport
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
After a rough day, Westport firefighters continued to work through the night tonight along with other emergency personnel. Firefighter Michael Grasso is pictured on Blue Ribbon Drive after responding to a late night call concerning a large branch that fell heavily on a house. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sagging branches covered with wet snow made Westport’s Blue Ribbon Drive off of North Avenue impassable tonight—one of many such roads with the same problem. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, October 29, 2011
By James Lomuscio
Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury today urged Westporters to stay indoors and away from power lines, noting that the National Weather Service announced that winds will pick up by 8 p.m. and that snow will continue until the early morning hours.
Speaking from the town’s Emergency Operations Center, which opened today at 3:30 p.m., Kingsbury said that two shifts of firefighters, 30 total, were called in to respond to incidents of downed wires.
“We had about 150 incidents of wires down,” Kingsbury said.
“We have about a third of the town without power,” he added. “Obviously, with the leaves on the trees, that’s what’s killing us.
Downed wires sparked a fire at about 3:20 p.m. today on Westport’s Colony Road. Thousands were without power as heavy snow on leafy trees brought down wires throughout Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jake Berman for WestportNow.com
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed an order, effective as of 4:15 p.m., banning non-emergency vehicles on the Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parkways because of dangerous driving conditions.
“The storm is causing treacherous driving conditions down along the Merritt Parkway particularly, as well as on roadways across the state,” said Governor Malloy.
“I am urging residents to stay off the roads and let DOT crews get out there and get the streets clear. On the Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parkways no one should be on the roads except emergency crews. People should stay inside at this point, we are seeing heavy snow start to impact power as well as driving.”
The Westport Weston Family Y said it has closed due to “extreme weather.”