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Sunny Sherman asks:

Do you know anything about a tornado hitting Saugatuck Shores last night around 9?

How else to explain a 220-pound teak table blowing off a 2nd floor deck into a pine tree about 25 feet off the ground?!

Teak table in the trees. (Photo/Sunny Sherman)

There are no official reports of a tornado — though a tornado warning was issued for southern Fairfield County during that time.

Strong winds and heavy rain knocked out power to more than 30,000 Eversource customers statewide.

Roseville Road is closed in its entirety due to downed wires. So is Coleytown Road, near #6.

At 7 a.m., that included 878 customers in Westport, and 887 in Weston — 7 and 22% of all customers in those towns, respectively. Those were the highest numbers in the state, behind Darien and Norwalk.

Among the customers without power: the “06880” office (aka “my home”). Eversource had no estimate of when it would be restored.

Tornado? Waterspout? Scott Pecoriello Was There.

From a young age, Scott Pecoriello has been fascinated by weather.

At Staples, the Class of 2015 member was the school’s go-to meteorologist. Students, teachers and (especially) coaches relied on his spot-on forecasts.

When the tornado warning was issued for Connecticut’s coast yesterday, Scott headed to Compo Beach. At 1:40, he saw “a possible waterspout/tornado” come ashore.

He sent the photo (below) and video to the National Weather Service. They’re reviewing it, to confirm.

(Photo/Scott Pecoriello)

Scott says, “there have been no confirmed records of a tornado to ever pass through Westport since records began in the early 1900s. Connecticut averages about 1.3 tornadoes per year, and is ranked 43rd out of 50 for states with the most tornadoes.”

He notes, “The unusually high damage in Westport compared to surrounding towns — particularly at the coastline near Saugatuck Shores — could be in part due to this waterspout.”

Tornado Watch Issued For Westport

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for this area. It’s in effect through 4 p.m. today.

The remnants of Hurricane Isaias also lead to a coastal flood warning, in effect through 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Winds will be 35-40 miles an hour this afternoon, with gusts up to 70.

Click here for more details.

Be prepared!

The aftermath of a July 21, 2010 tornado in Westport.


Pics Of The Day #533

Storm clouds gathered over Westport today — along with a tornado warning.

It never came. But the photo below — one of 3 taken by Jeff Manchester on Saugatuck Shores — sure looks like it could have been one.

Severe weather — including another possible tornado — continues through midnight.

(Photos/Jeff Manchester)

Tornado Watch!

The tornado warning issued around 5:30 tonight was canceled.

But a severe thunderstorm warning — with wind gusts up to 60 miles an hour — was just issued, through 7:15 p.m.

And a tornado watch remains in effect until midnight.

Alert — and fearless — “06880” photographer Patricia McMahon snapped these photos a few minutes ago near Compo Beach.

(Photos/Patricia McMahon)

Get that lawn furniture in. And know where your batteries are!

Raining On Our Parade

The National Weather Service has decided that yesterday’s weather incident was not a tornado.

“Just strong winds,” a spokesman said.  Not even any “circular motion.”


Being on High Point Road — then navigating Hyde Lane, Long Lots and environs in the immediate aftermath — was scary enough for me.

I was sure I’d end up like Dorothy and Toto.

And I definitely saw flying monkeys.

I snapped this photo in the midst of yesterday's non-tornado.