Bracing for a Wild Day of Weather from Tropical Storm Isaias

A tornado watch is in effect for Fairfield County until 2:15. Numerous trees are down with wires all over town, Police Chief Richard Doyle said as of 1:55 p.m.

“I advise everyone to stay home or get to shelter,” Doyle said. “All emergency services are fully staffed.” 

Doyle has been monitoring weather reports and conferred with the Department of Public Works, the first selectman, fire and EMS departments this morning.

Tropical Storm Isaias was racing north to northeast this morning along the Mid-Atlantic coast. The main threats involve heavy rainfall, strong winds, minor to moderate coastal flooding, along with high surf and dangerous rip currents. Additionally, a few tornadoes are possible.

Doyle urged people to avoid driving around trees and don’t go near any downed wires. There could be wires tangled up in fallen trees.

Isaias will slowly weaken as it accelerates northeast today, likely moving over Southwestern Connecticut this afternoon and evening.

However, confidence continues to increase with respect to the magnitude of local hazards and impacts, the National Weather Service states and could fly around during the heavy winds.

Doyle urged people to charge their cell phones and devices and to sign up for Connecticut alerts at ctalerts  and for Easton alerts on the town website. He advised against the use of candles because they are a fire hazard.

Residents can report outages and monitor area outages on the UI website.