Precautions remain in place as Henri moves southeast of Newtown
Newtown is seeing rain this afternoon, and it’s much lighter than expected even 24 hours before Tropical Storm Henri.
The National Weather Service lowered the storm from hurricane level to tropical storm level. Newtown remains under tropical storm warning “until further notice,” the weather service said. Precautions in place, it looks like the storm is much less extreme than expected.
The Public Works crews have been waiting for hours, many since 2 a.m. A loader would have been set up in each of the town’s fire stations if the need to move trees arose.
In the early afternoon, the Weather Service (NWS) said tropical storm conditions are still possible for Newtown, with showers and possibly a thunderstorm this afternoon. Some of the storms could cause heavy rainfall.
Further amounts of precipitation between 1 and 2 inches are possible.
Showers and possibly a thunderstorm are also expected tonight, according to the weather service. Windy westerly winds of 13-21 mph “becoming southerly after midnight” are expected, along with gusts of up to 32 mph.
While some of this activity can also produce heavy precipitation, the NWS says no more than an additional 2 inches of precipitation is expected overnight.
There could be limited damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds and unanchored mobile homes, NWS said late Sunday morning.
Trees could break or be uprooted, in greater numbers in places where trees have little rooting, the statement also noted before noon.
In early Sunday afternoon, only an occasional service call was recorded. At around 2:30 p.m., a Newtown police officer responded to a report of a downed tree on Bennetts Bridge Road near its intersection with Jeremiah. The officer found that one lane of the Bennetts Bridge was blocked and instructed Highway on Call to send an employee with a chainsaw to clear the lumber.
Scattered power and communication outages are possible, NWS also reiterated on Sunday. Newtown head coach Dan Rosenthal reminded residents to keep all electronics charged before these possibilities on Friday night.
The storm itself is still strong, however, with data from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft, NOAA Doppler weather radars, and surface observations indicating the center of the tropical storm Henri made landfall along the Rhode Island coast near Westerly at approximately 12:15 p.m. pm. At
upon landing, maximum sustained winds were estimated at 60 mph, NWS reported at 12:30 p.m.
A Weatherflow station near Point Judith, RI, measured a sustained wind of 57 mph and a gust to 70 mph at about the same time. Henri’s center passed over Block Island, RI, around 11 a.m.
The storm’s eye and cone moved west of Newtown. The National Weather Service, however, reminds the public that rain and winds can still occur outside the cone.
The Newtown Community Center closed at noon today.
Edmond Town Hall also closed at noon. Mary Hawley’s annual birthday viewing open house and all film screenings today have been canceled.
The matinee performance of The Elephant Man has also been canceled.
All parks, fields and swimming areas in Newtown are closed for the day due to the weather.
As Newtown is further north and west of Henri’s Last Road, other areas of the state will feel the storm.
The southern part of Connecticut is bracing for a harder hit from Henry than the northern areas. With that in mind, Governor Ned Lamont on Saturday announced a travel ban on all empty semi-trailers, tandem semi-trailers and motorcycles on Interstate 95. The ban took effect Sunday at 11 a.m., until further notice. order.
“During peak storm periods, heavy rains and strong wings will make travel dangerous, especially along the coast in the I-95 area,” Lamont said. “I encourage everyone to stay off the road on Sunday and Monday mornings whenever possible.”
In addition to the travel ban on I-95, Governor Ned Lamont on Saturday called 200 members of the Connecticut National Guard into active duty, to prepare specialized crews and equipment in support of the response of the state to the storm.
The governor also proclaimed on Saturday that a state of civilian readiness exists statewide.
Lamont also cleared utility company catering vehicles to run on Merritt Parkway and Wilbur Cross Parkway to speed up the potential restoration of electricity after the storm. This order came into effect Sunday at 8 a.m. and will remain in effect until Thursday, August 26 at 8 p.m.
The Department of Motor Vehicle also issued an emergency order, increasing the weight limits of trucks carrying brush and storm debris to speed up access and removal of trees for power line repairs. This order is in effect until Saturday, September 4.
The DMV also issued an order granting a limited exemption granting motor carriers relief from limits on hours of service for drivers while they provide direct assistance through the delivery of gasoline, diesel fuel, fuel oil, biodiesel and more. of propane to homes and businesses during the storm emergency. This ordinance is also in effect until Thursday, August 26.
AG Tong: beware of scams
Connecticut Attorney General William Tong is warning Connecticut consumers against price hikes and price hikes.
During states of emergency, price increases are illegal, the state official reminded residents over the weekend. This includes items in demand such as generators and gas.
“Price thieves take advantage of our fear,” Tong said on Saturday, August 21. We are all worried about the loss of electricity for days, damage to our property, and the health and safety of our loved ones.
“Don’t let these bad predatory actors take advantage of your panic. We will not tolerate any profit from this emergency and any Connecticut consumer who sees price increases should report it immediately to my office, ”he added.
Anyone who suspects a price increase should file a complaint with the Attorney General’s office online at dir.ct.gov/ag/complaint/.
Consumers are encouraged to file their complaints online and to list specific information about the company, retail store or online supplier where the alleged price increase occurred. In the complaint, consumers must include the name and address of the retailer, the date and time of the proceeding, and also submit any photos showing the alleged price increase.
If consumers are unable to file a complaint online or by email, they can call the Attorney General’s Office at 860-808-5318.
During civil preparedness and public health emergencies, the price hike is against Connecticut law. Abuse of price or profit means raising the price of a retail item more than what could be justified in the normal course of fluctuations in the business market.
Acting in coordination with the Department of Consumer Protection, the Attorney General’s Office can take action against price evaders and seek appropriate redress, including injunctions, restraining orders, restitution and civil financial penalties designed to discourage future unscrupulous sales.
The GA office noted that not all price increases are price increases. In many cases, retailers are charged higher than normal prices from their suppliers and wholesalers and these retailers add a small markup on the products. When they do that, it’s not about price hikes.
Associate Editor Shannon Hicks can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont on the podium was joined by Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz (left) and other officials from the Emergency Operations Center in Hartford at 1 p.m. today. Newtown gets a much less intense version of what was expected from Tropical Storm Henri, but other areas of the state and the northeast are feeling the storm. —CT-N screenshot