Significant Storm Sets Sights Here

A weather alert in mid-January usually involves snow.

This one is all about wind and flooding.

Westport’s Office of Emergency Management says:

A significant winter storm is forecast for Sunday night into Monday morning, with the expectation of moderate coastal flooding during high tide.

High winds may bring dangerous downed trees, power outages and flooding in low lying neighborhoods.

Brief snow at the onset tonight quickly changes to rain throughout the rest of the evening. There will be moderate to heavy rain overnight into Monday morning. The strongest winds are from late tonight into Monday morning at 10 a.m.

Damaging winds of 30 to 40 miles an hour are predicted, with with gusts 55 to 65 mph. There may be numerous downed tree limbs and scattered downed trees. Power outages are likely, with dangerous travel conditions for high profile vehicles.

Some minor urban and poor drainage flooding is possible due to a combination of rain, snow melt, and frozen ground.

Saugatuck Shores residents know that Canal Road often floods. (Photo/Gene Borio)

Widespread moderate to locally major coastal flooding is possible. Numerous low-lying and shoreline roads will be closed in the area, with adjacent properties taking on water. Some flooding may occur in areas that normally don’t experience flooding.

Westport Fire Chief Michael Kronick says, “We encourage residents in low-lying areas to move their vehicles to Saugatuck railroad parking lot #8, or to higher ground.

“If you’re in your car and water comes up around you, get out and move to higher ground right away. Cars can be swept away in just 2 feet of moving water. Please assume all downed power lines are live and dangerous.”

If travel is essential, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Allow extra time, as some roads may be closed. Dangerous travel conditions may exist. Do not drive around barricades or through waters of unknown depth. Please check your generators and charge your devices in the event of a power outage. Have a battery powered radio on hand.

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2 responses to “Significant Storm Sets Sights Here

  1. Gloria Gouveia

    …and, there’s a full moon.