Severe thunderstorm warning in effect, Tesei urges caution

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Greenwich and the entire area until 8:45 p.m. Radar has detected a line of “severe thunderstorms capable of producing winds in excess of 60 mph.” First Selectman Peter Tesei used the town’s reverse-911 system to warn residents that there are “one or two embedded tornadoes” in the line of storms that are headed toward Western Connecticut.

Mr. Tesei said the forecast includes “large hail” and there is the possibility of flooding in areas with severe rain in them. He urged residents to stay indoors and away from windows.

“Please exercise extreme caution during the next hours of severe weather,” Mr. Tesei urged in the recorded call that was sent out to all residents.

 

According to the National Weather Service, the storms have a history of producing damaging winds and people should prepare for them and possible lightning strikes close to the ground. People inside are being advised to move to inside a strong shelter and the service confirmed Mr. Tesei’s advice to stay away from windows.

The warning also urged people to remember that if they can hear thunder they are close enough to be struck by lightning.

The town has not yet opened its emergency operations center, but it could if needed. As of 8:45 p.m., there were 130 customers without power in town and Connecticut Light & Power says that it is ready and has crews on hand to deal with the storm.

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