With a Tornado Watch, Winds Pummel Greenwich [VIDEO]

National Weather Service issues tornado watch until late Tuesday.


Dozens of reports of trees, limbs and wires downed by winds gusting more than 40 mph, and kept Greenwich Police and Fire personnel busy Tuesday evening.

About 5 p.m., there was a report of a tree falling onto a house in the 300 block of Sound Beach Avenue in Old Greenwich amid numerous other calls for trees falling, wires down and limbs blocking town roadways. As of 5:35 p.m., there were 1,744 or 6 percent of the 27,915 Connecticut Light & Power customers in Greenwich without power.

At 5:22 p.m., using the town's reverse 911 system, First Selectman Peter Tesei issued an announcement for the National Weather Service's tornado watch. "There will be strong southerly winds gusting to 40 to 60 mph," Tesei said. "There will be heavy rains of 1 to 3 inches which can cause urban flooding," he added. A high wind warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

According to the weather UConn weather buoy off the Greenwich coastline in Long Island Sound,the average wind speed was more than 31 mph, with a recorded gust of 52.5 mph. Wave heights were averaging about 6 feet in the Sound. The wind-driven waves buffeted powerboats and sailboats moored at Indian Harbor and Grass Island boat clubs. At Grass Island the floating docks undulated with the waves bouncing boats tied up to the docks.

Those winds are responsible for the partial or complete road closures Riversville Road near Hycliff; Old Church Road, Catrock Road, Mitchell Place, Lake Road, Sawmill Lane, Burning Tree Road, Bedford Road impassible in the area of 241 Bedford, portions of North Street, Dearfield Road and Stanwich Road, because of downed limbs, trees and wires, according to Greenwich emergency dispatches.

In his message Tesei advised residents to seek the lowest level of a building should threatening storms approach and "to stay away from windows." He said for information, residents can call the Greenwich Public Safety complex at 203-622-8003; for emergencies: 911.

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The storm that has enveloped with Eastern Seaboard prompted by the New York Yankees and the New York Mets to postpone their Tuesday night games. For more information on the Yanks, click here; and for the Mets, click here.

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SteveG September 19, 2012 at 02:10 AM
WOW! I thought the wind would blow the building down!


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