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Storm knocks down trees, knocks out power

11:30 p.m. — Numerous roads are blocked in Weston following tonight’s storm which featured a number of incredible lightning strikes. Police report major problems on Kellogg Hill Road near Eleven O’Clock Road where a tree came down and took off the top of a utility pole. Connecticut Light & Power Company is on the scene, but police say they expect a portion of the road will be closed until late tomorrow morning or early afternoon. Power is out in that area of town.

Georgetown Road at Old Mill Road is closed at this time due to a downed tree. The town ‘s highway department is on the scene.

Roads/intersections reduced to one lane or closed in spots:

Goodhill Road at Connor’s Lane

Old Stagecoach Road

Old Farm Road at Route 57

Tobacco Road at Lord’s Highway

Oak Lane/Ledgewood Drive at Lord’s Highway East

Fanton Hill Road at Lyons Plain Road

Route 136, Old Redding Road and Codfish Lane

There are still 735 power outages in Weston. No injuries have been reported.

10:30 p.m. — Connecticut light and Power Company reports that 735 customers are without power in Weston following this evening’s storm. Heavy winds soared through town knocking down trees and power lines.

3 p.m. — The NOAA Storms Prediction Center (SPC) has placed western Connecticut into the Moderate Risk Category for severe thunderstorms for late this afternoon through this evening, reports the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

According to the SPC the main threats from these thunderstorms are strong winds (45% chance), large hail (30% chance) and isolated tornadoes (5% chance).

This afternoon…Partial clearing was expected by mid afternoon, becoming warmer and more humid with temperatures reaching the mid 80’s by 4:00 PM. Thunderstorms are forecast to begin re-developing across Southeastern New York State and the Northwest Hills by 4:00 PM. These storms are forecast to gradually increase in intensity and coverage between 4:00 – 7:00 PM as they move to the East or Southeast at 30 – 50 MPH. The period of most significant threat is currently forecast to occur between 7:00 – 10:00 PM as an approaching cold front interacts with a stalled warm front over Southern New England. The threat is expected to slowly decrease after 10:00 PM; however storms are expected to continue overnight with local urban and small stream flooding possible.

“The severity of the thunderstorms later today and this evening will depend on how much sun breaks through the clouds this afternoon,” the state said. “The current risk percentages shown above from the SPC assume that skies will be only partly sunny by mid afternoon with temperatures reaching 85 – 90 F prior to the formation of the severe thunderstorms. However, if skies become mostly sunny by early afternoon and temperatures reach 90 F or above then a moderate to potentially major severe outbreak may occur. However if clouds remain in place through mid afternoon and temperatures remain below 85 F then the severe threat may be more minor to moderate.”

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will partially activate the state’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 3:30 PM today to monitor and manage any issues that may arise as a result of possible severe weather predicted to enter the state this afternoon.  

“After assessing the situation with emergency management officials, I have directed a partial activation of the EOC beginning at 3:30 today,” Mr. Malloy said. “This will allow us to better coordinate with municipalities and state agencies, and respond quickly should we have power outages or other damage from these potential storms. I encourage Connecticut residents to closely monitor weather conditions throughout the day and evening, and take proper precautions to stay safe.”

Currently, severe weather is forecasted to enter the state from the northwest later this afternoon and continue throughout tonight. Frequent lightening, strong wind gusts up to 58 mph, hail, and flash flooding is possible with these storms.

The EOC will be staffed by the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Division of the State Police, Department of Public Health, Department of Transportation, Military Department, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, State Fire Coordination, Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating.

Connecticut Light & Power reports that its “emergency response planning is well under way in anticipation of tonight’s strong storms. The storms, which are expected to bring powerful winds and heavy downpours to the state, have the potential to cause extensive damage throughout the region.”

“We want our customers to know that we’re closely monitoring weather forecasts and are prepared to respond quickly and safely in the event of widespread power outages,” said CL&P Senior Vice-President of Emergency Preparedness Bill Quinlan.   “Our town liaisons will be in direct communication with each community we serve throughout the storm to keep them updated on restoration efforts. We will also be coordinating closely with state and municipal officials to keep them informed.”

CL&P sent the following safety tips.

Customers are reminded to be prepared for the storm by preparing a storm kit and making arrangements to look out for their families, friends and neighbors. A storm kit should include: flashlights with spare batteries, a battery-operated radio or TV, first-aid kit and medications, canned, freeze-dried or dehydrated foods, a manual can opener, bottled water, baby or pet supplies (if needed), important phone numbers

For information on shelters or other community support resources, customers should contact the Connecticut American Red Cross ( www.ctredcross.org ), 2-1-1 ( www.211ct.org ) or the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ( www.ready.gov ).

 

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