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Category Archives: Weather
Alert — and cautious — “06880” reader Robin Gusick reports:
This is Post Road East by Compo Shopping Center, going up the hill near CVS.
Tons of cars are stuck with their hazard lights on, scattered all over the road. I have never seen anything like it.
Robin added this PS a few minutes after I posted her story:
My husband Dave and son Sam rescued me by getting my “stuck” car into the bank parking lot. Now we have 2 cars in the Wells Fargo lot, and no way to get home.
We decided to make lemonade out of lemons. We walked across the street to enjoy a meal and drinks at Little Kitchen. There are many other patrons here in the same boat.
This is one way to help Westport businesses! Now it’s back to my jalapeño margarita, and shrimp with garlic sauce!
Fantastic fall foliage, all around town.
Last weekend’s nor’easter brought flooding — again — to many parts of town. Main Street was spared this time.
Downtown was not so lucky last month, though. Torrential downpours on consecutive Tuesdays sent water pouring into stores on both side of the road.
Merchants and shoppers think these floods happen more frequently these days.
But there’s no doubt that flooding on Main Street is not new.
Alert “06880” reader James Gray sent this photo. It was taken at 2 p.m. on August 31, 1954. Hurricane Carol had just roared through town. Packing winds of 110 miles an hour, it headed toward landfall in eastern Connecticut.
The sun was already out in Westport. But — in a ritual as unwelcome in 2018 as in 1954 — the cleanup had just begun.
Saugatuck Shores was hit hardest by today’s near-nor’easter. Jennifer Seymour reports:
2 hours after high tide, there was still several feet of water. My husband rescued me and my sons by kayak on the island side of the Saugatuck Island bridge. I lived here during Irene and Sandy, and have seen nothing close since then.
We avoided torrential rain. The 50-mph wind gusts never came.
Still, Westport did not escape today’s rains. And — with the moon nearly full — floods were reported all over town.
This is the new normal.
Additional flooding was reported at Wilton Road and Post Road West; Imperial Avenue near Baker Avenue, and Harbor and Canal Roads on Saugatuck Shores.
Tomorrow should be partly cloudy, with a high near 55. Winds will be 5-10 mph.