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Second Storm: The Sequel

As Westport continues to clean up following this afternoon’s storm, over 2,000 customers remain without power.

Lyons Plains Road. (Photo/Marty Jaramillo)

Downed lines and large trees still litter main roads and side streets, causing closures and detours.

(Photo/Les Dinkin)

Many Post Road traffic lights are out. One Westporter said it took her an hour to get from Southport to Compo Beach.

The fast-moving, tremendously intense storm — which roared through just after 2 p.m. — may have been a microburst. That’s defined by the National Weather Service as “a localized column of sinking air (downdraft) within a thunderstorm, usually less than or equal to 2.5 miles in diameter. Microbursts can cause extensive damage at the surface.”

(Photo/Westport Fire Department)

Grace Salmon Park, meanwhile, is in disarray after last night’s storm. Up to half a dozen large trees have been uprooted. One visitor called the Imperial Avenue park “decimated.”

One view of downed trees at Grace Salmon Park … (Photo/Wendy Cusick)

… and another. (Photo/Dalma Heyn)