It Was A Dark And Stormy Evening …

… and it will continue. A severe thunderstorm watch — with possible winds up to 70 mph, and maybe even a tornado — is in effect until 11 p.m.

Meanwhile, this was the scene as the first storm rolled in, just an hour ago.

The day-old palm tree at Compo Beach. (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

The Compo Beach neighborhood… (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

… and another view. (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Jesup Green (Photo/Catherine Calise)

12 responses to “It Was A Dark And Stormy Evening …

  1. Barbara Sherburne '67

    There are a lot of downed trees and branches blocking roads in Wallingford. I had a tough time getting home from Rt. 5. I wonder how many people will recognize where that quote comes from.

  2. Susan Iseman

    No power up here on Hickory Ridge!

  3. Sharon Paulsen

    Wonderful pics!

    Got power here in Trumbull, and no visible trees down … but I heard there is havoc all over the place in CT.

  4. Bonnie Bradley

    Storm has come & mostly gone thru southern Litchfield County. There were
    8 to 10 minutes of very strong wind & rain but no hail. Since then it has been utterly still with light rain. My town has so many trees, roadside, forest, everywhere, that we are very vulnerable. In the past we were devastated several times by falling branches & trees – the number we have makes a place like Westport a desert in comparison. Many of our trees are second growth, filling the fallow fields, no longer home to sheep & cows, which were a major cash crop in the 18th & 19th centuries. It is estimated that there were 10,000 sheep in nearby Woodbury in pre-Revolutionary days. Scattered here & there are still some majestic first growth maples, oak, sycamores, etc. Fortunately, we have a very proactive First Selectman (a woman). She has worked hard with the power companies to cut back many of the roadside trees so we do not see or suffer from our town being actually cut off from the rest of the world by trees fallen across the main roads, isolating us, as things used to be. She sends robot calls too, to keep us all informed of conditions. Modern country living!

    • Yes, they’ve done a remarkable job in removing threats to the power lines. I’ve lived in WEstport

      • for thirty years and used to lose power three or four times a year. As bad as some of the storms have been recently, we haven’t lost power at all at our house. Unfortunately I know not everybody had been so lucky, but I’m sure the stats would show that remarkable progress has been made.

  5. Peter Maloney

    Anyone taking bets on the new palm tree being there in the morning?

    • Nancy Wilson (Canada)

      Ha! Many would, but “negative drivel” would outweigh any positive hopes, according to the emperor. Think positive!

  6. Allyson Maida, LCSW

    I stepped outside as the clouds were roling in, the wind was bending trees and debris swirled though the air. It felt like the Wicked Witch of the West was on her way. I looked at my colleague and said “We’re going to need our striped socks for this.”. I hope that everybody is safe.

  7. Take care, Little Tree…

  8. Matthew Mandell

    My friend in Bethany, went to the basement as a tornado hit. he sent a photo of the aftermath, trees down all over his neighborhood.

  9. Susan Shuck

    Scary storms tonight with tornado warnings and power outages and trees down !

    Sent from my iPhone