Just 18 hours after yesterday’s tree-downing, power-outing storm, a more brutal one — with even less warning — roared through town.
At the Westport Library, the Saugatuck River is nearly obscured by wind-driven rain. (Photo/Fred Cantor)
Packing winds of about 60 miles an hour, plus hail, this one followed by a few seconds an alert from the National Weather Service.
One umbrella hit this home’s window “like a torpedo.” (Photo/Marty Jaramillo)
In its wake, over 1,500 customers were without power. Trees blocked South Compo Road, Narrow Rocks, Jennie Lane, Mayflower Parkway and the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach. Tents for the downtown Sidewalk Sale were uprooted on Main Street.
Hillandale Road, near West Parish. (Photo/Robin Gusick)
Just a couple of hours earlier, the forecast was for mostly sunny skies.
Mayflower Parkway (Photo/Andrew Colabella)
As of right now — 3:50 pm — the skies over Westport are clear and bright.
The deluge did not last long — but it was intense. (Photo/Jilda Manikas)
Tonight and tomorrow’s forecast calls for sunny and clear weather too.
Beachgoers fled Compo. (Photo/Bruce McFadden)
Westport’s marine police assisted a sailboat in distress. (Photo/Bruce McFadden)
Umbrellas were tossed into the water … (Photo/Bruce McFadden)
… and all around Joey’s. (Photo/Bruce McFadden)
The storm even toppled a tough-to-move lifeguard chair. (Photo/Bruce McFadden)
Amazingly, just moments before the storm hit, this advertising plane flew over Compo Beach. Its message: “Keep calm – Call Tom Atty.” (Photo/Beverly Bailey)