Severe thunderstorm watch still in effect, fireworks update scheduled for 6:15

UPDATE SATURDAY 4:15 PM — The National Weather Service is “tracking a strong thunderstorm” moving southeast at 50 mph near Newburgh, N.Y.  and it appears to be headed toward Fairfield County. “Gusty winds up to 50 mph are expected with this storm,” and a severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for Greenwich until 7 p.m. There’s been no official announcement from the town yet about whether this will impact tonight’s planned fireworks shows in Old Greenwich. An update from the town is expected to be released at 6:15 this evening at greenwichct.org. Check back to greenwich-post.com for all the latest details.

if the fireworks have to be postponed, Sunday, July 8 has been designated the rain date. As of now the shows are still scheduled to go on at dusk with the Binney Park show set for 9:10 p.m. and the Greenwich Point show beginning at 9:30. In the meantime heavy rain is expected this afternoon after high temperatures this morning and Connecticut Light & Power is gearing up for potential power outages here.

A heat advisory is in effect for Greenwich  and the surrounding area Saturday, July 7, from noon to 6, according to the National Weather Service. The forecasted temperatures in the low to mid 90s are expected to feel like it is 100 to 104, according to the service. On Saturday evening, a strong cold front is expected to pass through which could bring with it isolated “strong to severe thunderstorms” with potentially damaging winds. This is a watch, not a warning, which would be issued if weather conditions were to worsen.

“The potential exists for strong to severe thunderstorms to produce damaging winds and large hail in the evening and overnight hours,” according to National Weather Service hazardous weather outlook issued Friday.

 

Connecticut Light & Power told Darien officials it is preparing the storm to start as early as Saturday afternoon into the evening. Along with hail and lightning, the storm could bring winds up to 60 miles per hour. CL&P has prepared for possible power outages by placing all of its crews on call. The utility has come under heavy criticism for its response to recent storms including last October’s freak snowstorm and the March 2010 nor’easter that left parts of town without power for close to a week.

If you experience an outage, call 800-286-2000. If you have downed wires in your yard or come across them in your travels, call 911.

CL&P advises:

• Always stay at least 10 feet away from all wires;

• Never drive over downed power lines;

• Never touch anything that may be in contact with downed wires, including trees, fences, guard rails, puddles of water;

• If a power line falls on your vehicle while you’re inside, stay there. Don’t touch anything outside the vehicle and wait for emergency crews;

• Always have a licensed electrician install your generator. Improperly installed generators can feed electricity back into power lines and pose a deadly situation for our workers. Always operate generators outdoors to avoid carbon monoxide hazards.

More info: cl-p.com

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