Power outages being reported in nearby towns from severe weather

UPDATE 4:40 P.M. — No power outages are being reported in Shelton by United Illuminating as of 5 p.m. due to the severe weather, but many people are without electricity in towns north and west of Shelton.

Most severely impacted are Ridgefield, with about half of Eversource (formerly CL&P) customers without power, and Newtown and Monroe, both with more than one-third of customers without power.

The bulk of the severe weather seems to have passed just north of Shelton.

 

EARLIER REPORT:

The skies in Shelton are darkening and thunder can be heard, growing ever closer, as a severe storm is expected to pass over the city momentarily.

The view looking west from Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton a sof about 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23. (Photo by Brad Durrell)
The view looking west from Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton a sof about 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23. (Photo by Brad Durrell)

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for Shelton now, with “damaging winds, heavy rain and frequent lightning” possible, according to the National Weather Service.

“Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable
of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 mph,” the NWS said at slightly past 4 p.m. “This storm was located over Monroe, or near Newtown, moving east at 65 mph. Penny-size hail may also accompany the damaging winds.”

A Tornado Watch is in effect for far northern Connecticut as well as parts of Massachusetts.