Scenes From A Storm: Part 3

Just before noon, Eversource reported 784 Westport customers without power. That’s 6.18% of the town.

In Weston, 366 customers lacked electricity — 9.39% of the town.

Statewide, the total was 85,360 — 6.61% of all Connecticut customers.

Canal Road and Beach (Photo/Gene Borio)

Saugatuck Island (Photo/Bobbi Essagof)

New Creek Road, near Beachside Avenue (Photo/Jacque O’Brien)

Parker Harding Plaza, from inside Lululemon … (Photo/Jennifer Johnson)

… while inside, shoppers flocked to make last-minute purchases. They used the Main Street entrance. (Photo/Jennifer Johnson)

Saugatuck River at Taylor Place parking lot. (Photo/Jennifer Johnson)

One tree took down 2 others on its way down, near Cross Highway. (Photo/David Pogue)

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Among the many trees down in today’s storm: an oak on Compo Road North. It was heavier than it looked, with all kinds of vines.

Roger Wolfe called his friend Terry Brannigan. He and his son Terry Jr. came right over, and took care of it.

The Brannigans, to the rescue. (Photos/Roger Wolfe)

“That’s the kind of people they are,” Roger says.

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Partrick Lane (Photo courtesy of Chip Stephens)

Grove Point flooding crested around 11:15 a.m. (Photo/John Kantor)

Homes at Old Mill Beach, (Photo/Matt Murray)

Gloria in Gray’s Creek (Photo/Gene Fignar)

The storm was not yet over this morning. But utility crews were already out on Rex Lane off Greens Farms Road, putting up a new pole. (Photo/Jacque O’Brien)

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The Westport Office of Emergency management says:

Temperatures will quickly drop below freezing, and are expected to remain below freezing until Tuesday.

In the event of flash freezing, Fire Chief Michael Kronick says: “If you must travel, keep a flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Allow extra time as some roads may be icy and dangerous if untreated. Please do not drive around barricades or through waters of unknown depth.”

If you lose power to your home during freezing temperatures, follow these steps:

Notify Eversource of an outage: https://www.eversource.com/cg/customer/reportoutage

Now is the time to check your generators and charge your devices in the event of a power outage. Have a battery powered radio on hand.

Stay Safe! Never go near downed power lines including cable TV feeds. They may be live with deadly voltage.

 Stay Warm! On top of dressing in layers and huddling under extra blankets, hang your darker ones on the windows to draw in heat. Keep doors and windows closed and use towels to block drafts around them. If necessary, move to your basement, which may be more insulated by the ground.

Never use charcoal grills or camp stoves indoors. Deaths have occurred when consumers burned charcoal or used camp stoves in enclosed spaces, which produced lethal levels of carbon monoxide.

Never use a generator inside a home, basement, shed or garage, even if doors and windows are open. Keep generators outside and far away from windows, doors, and vents. Read and follow instructions on the generator label and in the owner’s manual. Any electrical cables you use with the generator should be free of damage and suitable for outdoor use.

Use caution with candles. If possible, use flashlights instead. If you must use candles, do not burn them on or near anything that can catch fire. Never leave burning candles unattended. Extinguish candles when you leave the room.

Listen for updates. If you’re using a cellphone, choose texting over calling to keep phone lines free, or use your landline. Save 911 for emergencies.

Sign up for local EMERGENCY ALERTS: Text 06880 to 888777. Or sign up now at www.nixle.com

 

 

3 responses to “Scenes From A Storm: Part 3

  1. After viewing all the photos of what was called a mostly wind storm I have admiration for what you Nutmeggers go through when the streets are flooded, trees end up on the roads, the sun disappears amidst gray skies, and below-freezing temperatures. I thank all the photographers for going out to capture the havoc the storm unleashed instead of staying indoors where it is warmer. This looks to be a cold, gray, watery time for celebrating Christmas but I know the New England spirit will not be defeated. I and my family lived mostly in Westport with time spent in Rowayton and Weston, and two years in Massachusetts. I look at these photos and wonder how I survived the 22 years of Connecticut winters before moving to Tucson, Arizona, over 50 years ago. While these photos I receive help keep Westport in my life I will never forsake the sun and heat of Tucson for one day of New England weather! Happy holidays to you all.

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