With High Winds, a Higher Possibility of Power Outages in Darien

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Are you prepared if your power goes out today? Winds are gusting, and there have been scattered power outages in nearby cities and towns.

This article will be updated as more information comes in.

Update, 3:35 p.m.:

Latest on area outages, from Eversource — numbers of customers without power:

  • Darien — 15 customers
  • Stamford — 515
  • New Canaan — 1
  • Norwalk (partly covered by Eversource) — 82
  • Greenwich — 827
  • Wilton — 209
  • Westport — 91
  • Weston — 126

Update, 3:30 p.m.:

Metro-North says the New Haven Line is now operating on or close to schedule.

Update, 1:55 p.m.:

Metro-North announced at 1:04 p.m.: “New Haven Line service is currently experiencing delays of 20-30 minutes due to a tree in the wires in the vicinity of Old Greenwich.  Please listen for announcements at your station.”

Latest on area outages, from Eversource — numbers of customers without power:

  • Darien — 15 customers
  • Stamford — 84
  • New Canaan — NONE
  • Norwalk (partly covered by Eversource) — 235
  • Greenwich — 773
  • Wilton — 683
  • Westport — 86
  • Weston — 51

Update, 12:47 p.m.:

Metro-North announced in a 12:39 p.m. tweet: “New Haven Line Service is currently experiencing delays of approximately 20 minutes due to fallen trees in the vicinity of Old Greenwich.”

Update 12:30 p.m.:

New power outage totals in our area:

  • Stamford — 71
  • New Canaan — 3
  • Norwalk (partly covered by Eversource) — 19
  • Greenwich — 1,429
  • Wilton — 687
  • Westport — 6
  • Weston — 70

Original article: 12:15 p.m.

In Darien, only five customers were without power as of 12:15 p.m., according to the Eversource website. In other nearby towns, more were out of power. Here’s a breakdown:

  • Stamford — 73
  • New Canaan — 3
  • Greenwich — 373
  • Wilton — 63
  • Westport — 61
  • Weston — 62

Across the state, less than 1 percent of Eversource customers are without power.

Eversource Outage Map 02-13-17

Gray areas (and much of Norwalk) aren’t served by Eversource. Darker green towns have more outages, light-green towns have fewer. The online map changes at five-minute intervals. The percentage of customers affected is still less than 1 percent.

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory in effect until 6 p.m.

...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS EVENING...

* Winds...Northwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 55 mph. Some
  isolated higher gusts will be possible.

* Timing...The strongest winds will be through late afternoon.

* Impacts...Strong winds may blow down limbs...trees...and power
  lines. Scattered power outages are expected.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph...
or gusts of 46 to 57 mph...are expected or occurring. Winds this
strong can make driving difficult...especially for high profile
vehicles. Use extra caution.

 

Here’s the weather service’s Darien-specific forecast as of the 11:56 a.m. update:

This Afternoon
Mostly sunny, with a steady temperature around 37. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. Windy, with a northwest wind 26 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.
Tonight
Partly cloudy, with a low around 23. Wind chill values between 15 and 20. Blustery, with a northwest wind 13 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph.
Tuesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. Wind chill values between 15 and 25. Northwest wind 7 to 9 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night
A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 34. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. South wind around 7 mph.
Wednesday
A slight chance of snow showers before 11am, then a slight chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 41. Southwest wind 8 to 13 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.
Thursday
Partly sunny, with a high near 36.
Thursday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.
Friday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 37.
Friday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 27.
Saturday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 41.
Saturday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.
Sunday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.