Tornado watch in effect until 11 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch until 11 p.m. this evening for Fairfield, New Haven and Litchfield counties.

First Selectman Peter Tesei used the town’s reverse 911 system to contact residents regarding the weather advisory and encouraged citizens to move indoors to the lowest level of the building and to avoid windows if caught in the path of the storm. He also advised those in motor vehicles not to seek shelter under a highway or overpass, as those areas can be more dangerous during a storm.

A line of showers and thunderstorms located over eastern Pennsylvania and Maryland was forecast to move slowly toward town within the next several hours.

As this line of weather enters Connecticut this evening, a few tornados may occur within imbedded thunderstorms and strong southerly winds can be expected with gusts reaching 40 to 60 miles per hour.

As of 6:30 Tuesday evening, Connecticut Light & Power showed 1,721 Greenwich customers without power and the storm’s heavy winds may cause further outages.

Heavy rainfall of one to three inches can also be expected to cause urban flooding. The front is forecast to move to the east by daybreak.

If you require emergency assistance, call 911. For other information, contact the public safety dispatch non-emergency number at 203-622-8003.

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