Posts tagged ‘wind’

February 8th, 2013

Blizzard to Shut Down Area

by Christopher O'Brien

As a historic blizzard bears down on the region, all residents are urged to stay off the roadways beginning Friday afternoon and through the storm’s expected completion around mid-day Saturday. Wolcott can expect to receive around 20 inches or more by the storm’s completion. According to meteorologists at Fox CT, we should have 6-8 inches by around 7 pm tonight after the snow begins to accumulate around noon. Snowfall will intensify to about 3 inches falling per hour after midnight. At around the same time, winds are expected to ramp up to 50 mph which will create widespread whiteout conditions and snow drifting for several hours.  As of 7:00 am, the snow line has already crossed into Greenwich.

School is closed on Friday.

A parking ban has been declared throughout Wolcott beginning 6 am Friday until 5 pm on Saturday. Do not park on any roadways in town to ensure roads can be plowed and emergency vehicles can make their way if they need to do so.

Local gas stations ran out of gas Thursday evening. Cumberland Farms on Wolcott Rd. didn’t have gas

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December 31st, 2012

Snow and Wind Announce Winter

by Christopher O'Brien

By Chris O’Brien

8-9" of snow kept drivers off the roads after 5 pm Saturday

8-9″ of snow kept drivers off the roads after 5 pm Saturday | Photo: Chris O’Brien

This first significant snowstorm in more than a year left almost nine inches of snow in most of Wolcott Saturday night. While most residents wrapped up their Christmas vacations enjoyed the storm’s beauty, it was a reminder of what a real winter can be like as strong winds whipped flags and plummeted temperatures Sunday night. This snowfalls light talcum powder- like flakes were a welcome relief a storm earlier this week that dropped four inches of snow, ice and heavy rain causing strained backs and broken shovels.

Many of Wolcott’s hilly streets were impassable Saturday night, yet drivers headed in aroudn 5 pm. Wolcott Police Capt. Domenic Angillilo said that there were few problems to report. “One motorist was stuck on Beach Rd, but that was it.” Lakewood Autobody responded for the job overnight Saturday..

Wind blows snow across Charles St. Sunday afternoon | Chris O'Brien

Wind blows snow across Charles St. Sunday afternoon | Photo: Chris O’Brien

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October 29th, 2012

Outages Down Before Brunt of Winds

by Christopher O'Brien

As of 6 pm, only 2% of Wolcott residents were without power – a number much smaller than earlier today. CL&P has dedicated a crew to the town and that crew has been making repairs throughout the day. A significant number of residents on the west side of town were temporarily out this morning as CL&P intentionally shut down power so they could make a repair affecting residents on North Main St. in Waterbury.

If winds exceed 40 mph, CL&P will stop making repairs and residents should expect to be without power until at least Wednesday if that occurs.

At 6 pm, nine Connecticut towns were entirely dark, mostly in eastern Connecticut. It remains to be seen whether gusts in that area of the state are moving from east to west. That area also is less sparsely populated and customers are further apart than in Western Connecticut.

Mayor Dunn has been touring

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October 28th, 2012

Wolcott Ready for Hurricane

by Christopher O'Brien

As Hurricane Sandy bears down on New Jersey and the Connecticut shoreline, Wolcott is ready for coping with the storm. Mayor Thomas G. Dunn is informing residents to be prepared. As of Sunday evening, traffic was sparse around town and some were topping off their cars with gasoline just in case. Yet, many area businesses still have plenty of provisions of batteries, bottled water and other necessities if residents still need to stock up.

If a shelter is needed to be opened, residents will be notified through the emergency notification and reverse 911 system. Residents with cell phones should register with the town’s alert system right now so that they can be notified should phone service also be interrupted. The link to do so is here.

Mayor Dunn tells the Whisper that a decision to open the storm shelters will be done when the need arises. The Senior Center was used last year for a temporary shelter and housed about thirty residents. Tyrrell School is the designated shelter for the town and has capacity for residents to sleep overnight.

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