Category Archives: Weather

Beach Benches

Last summer, Westporters complained about crowds at Compo Beach.

This afternoon, there was plenty of room for everyone.

(Photos/Samuel Wang)




3 Months After Maria, Westporters Remember Puerto Rico

With so much bad news swirling around, it’s easy to forget Hurricane Maria.

But Lillian Davis and Elida Gollomp can’t.

The Westport women are natives of the island that suffered enormous devastation in September.  Their family and friends still struggle — without water and electricity — 3 months later.

They and their daughters Alexa Davis and Bella Gollomp — both 2015 Staples High School graduates — organized an all-day sales event last Saturday. Scout & Molly’s hosted the shopping/food/auction/raffle fundraiser.

Lillian Davis (left) and Elida Gollomp, at last weekend’s Scout & Molly’s fundraiser.

Lillian and Elida have partnered with the Puerto Rico Relief Center in Bridgeport. The non-profit works with businesses, non-profits and faith-based organizations in the area to welcome and assist the many people leaving the island, and settling here.

Last Saturday was a great day. But donations are still needed. Checks made out to “Career Resources, Inc.” — with “Puerto Rico Relief Center” on the memo line — can be sent to Elida Gollomp, 2 Smoky Lane, Westport, CT 06880.

Lillian and Elida will deliver them personally to Bridgeport — where they are volunteering with the much-needed relief efforts.

High Winds Bring Down Wires — And Start A Fire

Today’s high winds brought down trees and power lines in different parts of Westport.

Weston Road at Lyons Plains was closed for a couple of hours, while crews removed a tree that covered the street.

Meanwhile, a power line crashed onto North Maple, between Hyde Lane and Long Lots Road — and caused a fire.

Henry Blaikie took this video — from a safe distance.

Pic Of The Day #207

High winds create beautiful clouds at Compo Beach today. (Photo/Larry Untermeyer)

Double Rainbow — Triple Views

Seen around Westport late this afternoon:

Above downtown … (Photo/Alexandra Rappaport)

… at the Earthplace After School Enrichment Program … (Photo/Jaime Bairaktaris)

… and of course Compo Beach. (Photo/Seth Goltzer)

High Noon: High Tide

Just a few weeks after opening, the new Saugatuck Island bridge is closed again.

The bridge is fine. It’s Mother Nature — or perhaps climate change — that’s the problem.

Today is lovely. The sun is out; the air is crisp.

But high tide was at noon. It came during a near full moon. Here’s the result:

(Photos/Gene Borio)

Gene Borio – an alert “06880” reader and Saugatuck Shores neighbor who took these photos — notes: “There are free tide apps available. Saugatuck Island residents need to start downloading them.”

Unsung Heroes #21

This week’s Unsung Heroes are obvious:

Sunday night’s storm was bad. At one point, nearly half of Westport was without electricity.

Did Eversource get your power back instantly? Were you the first house they hustled to?

Probably not. Even in Westport, not everyone can be #1.

But they had a lot to do. Most of the state was hit hard. The men and women who assessed damage, climbed buckets, even answered phones, were overwhelmed. They worked long hours, and did their best. We owe them our thanks.

Thanks too to all of Westport’s police, firefighters and other responders. Plus of course those invaluable public works crews, tree guys, and random folks who helped out, wherever and however they could.

Slowly, we’re getting back to normal.

Until the next storm hits.

Pic Of The Day #196

Imperial Avenue, fall foliage. (Photo/Carmine Picarello)

One Reason Schools Are Now Closed

This was Hillspoint Road, near Hales Road, a few minutes ago:

(Photo/Fred Cantor)

Similar scenes are repeated throughout Westport, after last night’s rain-and-wind storm.

We were one of the hardest hit towns in the area. Eversource reports over 3,200 customers without power — 26% of its customers.

If my situation is any indication, it might be a while before it’s restored. I reported my outage — near Playhouse Square — via their website, and got this reply:

Our outage reporting system is currently unavailable. Please contact us at 800-826-2000 and a representative would be happy to assist you with reporting your outage. We apologize for the inconvenience.

I called. The wait time is 28 minutes.

Which pales, I know, in comparison to Puerto Rico. Six weeks after Hurricane Maria, up to 80% of the island is still without power.

After The Storm: Westport Schools Delayed By 3 Hours

In the aftermath of last night’s storm — which, on the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, brought nearly 5 inches of rain and near-50 mph winds to Westport — Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer says:

Due to many downed trees and wires, we are delaying school by 3 hours today.

Currently 25% of Westport is without power as well. Please be careful of any downed lines that you could encounter today in your travels to work. I expect all of the damage has not yet been reported to officials. We will continue to assess the situation as the morning light reveals storm damage. Please be safe, wherever you are.