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Town Officials: Prepare For Isaias

First Selectman Jim Marpe and Westport’s Emergency Management Team are watching a tropical storm, expected to strike here tomorrow (Tuesday). They say:

We ask the community to begin preparations now, and ensure they have a plan of action in place for themselves, their families and/or their business.

Fire Chief Robert Yost says: “Avoid traveling and plan to be home by Tuesday afternoon as we expect damaging winds and flooding. Now is the time to secure your home: check sump pumps, clear gutters, secure your outdoor furniture, BBQs and loose objects.”

Isaias is a tropical storm, not a hurricane. This is the result of Superstorm Sandy, in 2012.

Expect flash flooding due to heavy rains.

  Seek shelter and avoid traveling once rain and storm winds start.

Do not walk or drive through flood waters.

Never attempt to drive on or through a flooded road.

If your building floods, move to a higher floor but do not enter a closed attic.

According to the National Weather Service, Tropical Storm Isaias is now forecast to make its closest approach early Tuesday. Tropical storm force winds are expected to arrive a few hours later, at approximately 2 p.m. The latest model indicates that the tropical storm will pack sustained winds of 40-50 MPH, with gusts to 70 MPH when it arrives.

The primary threat from Isaias still appears to be from strong winds. Based on the current NHC forecast we can expect a high end moderate to borderline major impact to trees and power lines.

As with all dying tropical systems there is also the risk for severe thunderstorms, and a few weak tornadoes. The tropical storm will also be accompanied by some heavy rain of 2-4 inches.  Minor to moderate flooding is also possible.

Myrtle Avenue flooding in 2018.

The updated arrival timing brings the strongest winds into the coast at low tide. Therefore, only minor coastal flooding is expected, which may inundate a few low lying coastal roads with wave splash.

Downed power lines can be deadly. Always assume they are live, and avoid going near them or anything in contact with them.

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