Flooding closes roads in Fairfield, I-95: More residents without power

Tuesday’s storm blows into Southport shortly after 6 p.m. (John Kovach Photo)

Tuesday’s storm blows into Southport shortly after 6 p.m. (John Kovach Photo)

Tuesday, 10:30 p.m.: Fairfield Police reported via Twitter that the Mill Plain Road underpass remains closed due to flooding, and Fairfield Beach Road is closed from Rowland Road to 658 Fairfield Beach Road.

Tuesday, 10:15 p.m.: There is now a flash flood warning in effect for Fairfield and the area until 11:15 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

The warning reminds motorists to not attempt to drive across flood waters, which “are usually deeper than they appear,” according to the service. “Just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road. When encountering flooded roads make the smart choice: turn around — don’t drown.”

Railroad underpasses in Fairfield are closed due to flooding.

Tuesday, 9:57 p.m.: The number of United Illuminating customers without power in Fairfield has jumped to 531, according to the company’s website.

There is a large outage near Sacred Heart University, according to doingitlocal.com.

A total of 8,529 UI customers are in the dark.

Tuesday, 9:40 p.m.: The railroad underpasses on Round Hill Road, Mill Plain Road, North Benson Road and Chambers Street due to flooding. Police are advising drivers to use an alternate route.

A wind advisory is in effect for the area through Tuesday night and until 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

As the storm passes through, wind is forecast to be 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 55 mph. The highest potential threat is through midnight, according to the service.

This could mean more downed limbs, trees and powerlines in New Canaan and the rest of the area.

Tuesday, 8:30 p.m.: There are reports that a tree fell on a house on Mill Hill Terrace.

United Illuminating is reporting nine outages affecting 43 houses and businesses in Fairfield. UI reports 3,863 customers in the dark throughout its coverage area as of 8:26 p.m.

New Haven Line trains continue to be delayed by weather.

Tuesday, 7:17 p.m.: High winds have blown into southwestern Connecticut Tuesday evening, taking down some branches.

Fairfield Police advised via Facebook that the area is under a tornado watch, wind advisory and flood advisory.

“Please be alert and use caution on roadways” police posted. “Report and avoid any downed trees and power lines.”

Metro-North was reporting 30- to 40-minute delays on the New Haven Line.

Choppy surf is visible at the shore, where sand stings exposed skin even through open car windows.

At Southport Harbor, boat owners were battening down their craft.

As of 6:49 p.m. Tuesday United Illuminating reported five outages in Fairfield, each affecting one customer. Throughout UI’s coverage area there were 53 outages affecting 3,273 residences and businesses.

“The wind has begun to pick up in Fairfield,” Police Chief Gary MacNamara Tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “Please prepare for severe weather later this evening with the potential for power outages.”

Updates will be posted as they become available.

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