First Selectman Jim Marpe and the Emergency Management Team released the following message in preparation for the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaias.
Tropical Storm Isaias will enter Westport this afternoon, bringing very gusty winds and heavy rain. Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Robert Yost urges, “Residents are advised to stay indoors and avoid travel until the storm passes. Plan to be home by NOON today as the storm is speeding up. Review your Pre-Storm Checklist and prepare your home. We are expecting damaging winds and flooding.”
There is a high risk for at least a few weak tornadoes according to the Storm Prediction Center. A tornado watch has been issued for our area. Seek shelter and avoid traveling once rain and winds start.
The storm will be accompanied by heavy rain of 1” – 3” and flooding is possible. Minor coastal flooding is expected, which may inundate a few low lying coastal roads with wave splash over. Do not walk or drive through flood waters. Never attempt to drive on or through a flooded road. If your building floods, move to a higher floor but do not enter a closed attic.
Widespread Power and Tree Issues with gusts to 70 MPH:
Downed power lines can be deadly. Always assume that they are live and avoid going near them or anything in contact with them.
- State beaches will close at noon today.
- Westport beaches, the golf course and marinas will close at 1pm today. Rip currents are expected today and tomorrow.
- The Westport Library will close at 1pm
- Get your home ready. Secure (or move inside) outdoor plants, furniture and other loose items.
- Stay informed. Tune into your local radio, news channels or weather apps/ websites for the latest updates. Sign up for NIXLE alerts from the Town’s Emergency Operations Center. Text: 06880 to 888 777
- Fuel up your vehicle in advance of the storm.
- Be prepared for power outages. Make sure devices are charged in advance.
- Make sure you have extra batteries for flashlights. If you lose power, don’t run generators indoors.
- For more information on storm preparation, see Westport’s Storm Checklist (accompanied)
During the Storm:
- Stay inside away from windows
- Stay informed using social media and radio WWPT 90.3 FM
- Do not go sightseeing! Road must be kept clear for emergency vehicles.
- Do not drive through floodwaters.
- Do not drive over downed wires.
- Do not drive around barrier tape or barricades.
- Report power outages to Eversource: 800-286-2000
After the Storm:
- Stay well clear of downed power lines: 25’ at least!
- Be vigilant about downed trees and tree limbs hung up overhead
- Listen to updates on the media, radio.
- Check on your neighbors because teamwork = success.
** Sign up for Emergency Notifications by registering at www.nixle.com, or by simply texting 06880 to 888777 from your mobile phone**
Tropical Storm/Hurricane Pre- Storm Checklist
Home & Buildings
□ Gutters and leaders unclogged, clear of leaves and debris
□ Secure outdoor furniture from the wind- tie to trees, railings
□ Test sump pumps (if used), and make sure its drainpipes are clear
□ Turn off outside propane tanks (barbeques, pool heaters)
□ If you have a storm drain in the street by your home, clear it of any surface debris.
□ Check all engine fluids for proper levels and fuel tanks at full levels
□ Test run the generator
□ Portable generators must be outside, 12 feet away from any door or window.
□ Extension cords must be weather-resistant, 12 gauge in size and grounded.
□ Check all fluid levels, tire pressure, fill tank with fuel.
□ If you live in a flood-prone area, find a spot on high ground to relocate your car now.
□ Park one car outside so if power fails, it won’t be trapped in the garage (electric opener).
Food & Beverage
□ Turn refrigerators/freezers to their coldest setting 24 hours ahead of the storm.
□ Have a 7-day supply of food on hand (pet food too!).
Food that does not require cooking is best.
□ If you’re on well water, buy bottled water to drink (1 gallon per day per person), and fill
your bathtubs with water for washing and flushing toilets.
□ Have a 7-day supply of any required medications on hand.
□ Prepare flashlights in convenient spots Do not use candles or lanterns!
□ Have a supply of cash ready.
□ Fully charge your devices and their back-up batteries.
□ Prepare amusements: cards, board games for the kids
*Image courtesy NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center