A fast-moving storm — with hail, heavy rain and high winds — roared through parts of town yesterday evening, around 7:45. More than 500 Westporters lost power.
A tree fell on a house on Vani Court …(Photo/Westport Fire Department)
The Fire Department responded to 18 calls with 45 minutes. They included burning and downed power lines, carbon monoxide, and a tree resting on a house on Vani Court.
… and barely missed one at Edgewater Commons. (Photo/Kaye Leong)
Sherwood Island State Park will be closed today (Sunday), due to damage.
But the storm left as quickly as it came. Skies cleared before nightfall.
Sherwood Mill Pond, moments after the storm passed … (Photo/Matt Murray)
Today is forecast to be mostly sunny, with a high around 80.
… and Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach, a few minutes later. (Photo/Kristina Bory)
Sure, we posted a couple of images earlier today of a seal basking in the sunlight on the Compo Beach dock.
But that was before our maritime visitor realized it was being photographed.
That’s when he (or she) turned right to the camera.
And turned on the charm.
(Hat tip: Bill Kiedaisch)
In the air and by the sea, Westport is becoming quite the nature center.
Earlier this week, an osprey captured our attention. Now it’s a seal.
Alert “06880” reader/Compo Beach resident Larry Hoy reports that yesterday he was walking his dog Dixie at the end of Roosevelt Road.
Suddenly she turned, walked to the seawall and started sniffing in the direction of the marina.
“She’s a natural hunter,” Larry says. “I knew she smelled something, but I didn’t think there would be by a deer or woodchuck over there.”
He looked closely, and saw a big brown lump on a dock.
Then it moved.
He was fascinated by the seal.
It’s still there today.
Ned Dimes Marina, yesterday (Photo/Nicola Sharian)
One view of frozen Compo Beach … (Photo/Kathie Motes Bennewitz)
… and another … (Photo/Tammy Barry)
… and Gray’s Creek … Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)
… while in between, Ned Dimes Marina… (Photo/Andrew Colabella)
… and finally, a couple of miles away, the frozen Saugatuck River. (Drone photo/Brandon Malin)
Serene scene at the Ned Dimes Marina (Photo copyright John Videler for Videler Photography)
Compo Beach sunrise this morning, from the Ned Dimes Marina. (Photo/Matt Murray)
Ned Dimes Marina at dusk (Photo/Wendy May)
Ned Dimes Marina at dusk (Photo/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)
Any Westport resident or organization can rent the Ned Dimes Marina clubhouse for a party or function. The other day, the Westport Woman’s Club held a lobster bake there. (Photo/Gloria Smithson)