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Hundreds without power as high winds blow across CT

February 25, 2019 GMT

Hundreds of power without power Monday as high winds blow across Connecticut.

Just after 6 a.m., Eversource reported 976 customers without electricity.

Towns with the most outages include Monroe with 204, Meriden, 164; Westbrook, 94; Waterbury, 80; Danbury, 64; New Milford, 64; Greenwich, 48; Redding, 33 and Newtown, 32.

Scattered outages are also reported in Stamford, Darien, Norwalk, Westport, Weston, Wilton, Middletown and Guilford.

United Illuminating only reported one outage in Milford.

The National Weather Service has a High Wind Warning in effect until 6 p.m. Monday.

Winds are blowing from the west between 20 and 30 p.m. with gusts up to 60 mph possible.

“Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Scattered power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles,” the NWS says.

The winds are caused by a strengthening low pressure over the Canadian Maritimes. As the low departs tonight, winds will gradually subside although a strong Canadian high pressure system building toward the area will result in a somewhat breezy day on Tuesday.

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Dry weather with below normal temperatures is expected through Tuesday night. Highs will only rise into the mid to upper 30s today, and the upper 20s to mid 30s on Tuesday. The strong winds today will make it feel even colder, with wind chill values remaining mainly in the 20s during the afternoon.

The strong winds began just before 7 p.m. Sunday.

The strongest gusts clocked so far were 50 mph at Tweed-New Haven Airport; 48 at Meriden airport; 46 mph at Danbury airport and 44 mph at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford.

According to the NWS, peak wind gusts of 55 mph are are expected between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Winds will begin to decrease late this afternoon and evening. Peak wind gusts should be around 39 p.m. at 8 p.m., decreasing to 20 mph by 5 a.m. Tuesday.