More than 500 without power after damaging wind storm

UPDATE THURSDAY 10 A.M. — CL&P says the number of Greenwich customers without service is down to 531, representing 1% of the town. Additionally, Metro North now says that service on the New Haven Line is running on or close to schedule.

Some Greenwich residents are waking up Thursday morning, Jan. 31, without power. The high winds of Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, have knocked out power to 827 customers in town, according to Connecticut Light & Power. as of 8:30 a.m.

That number could rise as residents awake and report more outages. There are more than 67,000 with power outages across the state. That is 5% of CL&P customers. Greenwich’s 827 customers represent nearly 2% of the town’s CL&P customers.

The high wind warning that went into effect Wednesday night at 6, was to expire Thursday morning at 6. At 3 a.m. Thursday, southwest wind gusts across the state ranged from 25-35 mph in the lower elevations up to 50 mph above 1,000 feet and along the coast of Connecticut, according to the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Wind gusts to 50  mph have also occurred on Long Island by 3 a.m.
Commuters will find delays this morning with trains as well. As of 8:30 a.m,. Metro North railroad has reported that New Haven Line westbound customers traveling through the vicinity of Stamford and New Haven may experience delays of up to 15 minutes due to earlier weather-related conditions.
Thursday morning, strong winds around daybreak are forecast to shift to the west by 9 a.m. and continue gusting to around 40 mph through the morning and into the afternoon, according to forecasts. Gusts to 50 mph are possible in the higher elevations.

The temperatures are in the mid-50s in Greenwich this morning but are expected to drop Thursday into the mid-30s this evening and there could be snow Friday and this weekend.

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