Watch out for winds: Power, trees at risk
Published 10:18 am, Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Now that Fairfield and the rest of southwestern Connecticut have dodged the severe thunderstorm warning that the National Weather Service issued for the region early this morning, despite the warm and sunny conditions a wind advisory -- with gusts as high as 50 mph -- is in effect.
Westerly winds of 25 to 30 mph will develop this afternoon and continue through evening, with the highest burst clocking in at about 50 mph, the NWS warns. The advisory is in effect through 1 a.m. Thursday.
Winds that strong for a prolonged period of time, of course, can wreak havoc with power lines and tree limbs.
As of 10 a.m., though, only scattered power outages have been reported.
There are about 25 customers who've lost electric service in Fairfield, according to United Illuminating.
In the lower part of the county, the outages are mounting.
In Darien, 42 customers have lost power, only three are blacked out in New Canaan, and 196 in Greenwich have no power, Connecticut Light & Power reports. So far, no outages have been reported in Norwalk.