Storm update: Lightning strikes, power outages in Westport
A swift-moving but powerful thunderstorm that swept through Westport and the rest of southwestern Connecticut this morning struck several structures, triggering minor fires, and about 200 customers still had no power as of noontime.
The thunder and lightning storm surged through the region about 8 a.m., and by noon the 197 power outages in Westport reported by Connecticut Light and Power was down from a high of 250 customers whose service was disrupted earlier in the morning.
A minor attic fire was triggered in the attic of a Kings Highway South home by a lightning strike, while several other local buildings were struck during the storm.
Assistant Fire Chief Michael Kronick confirmed that, in addition to the attic fire at 73 Kings Highway South, another strike damaged a home's chimney and a shed was damaged by another bolt.
"There were no injuries due to any of these incidents," Kronick added. "Everyone ended up being fine."
The region remains under a "Severe Thunderstorm Watch" under 2 p.m. today.
The storm also damaged wires near the Southport Railroad Station, disrupting service on Metro-North Railroad. The railroad was reporting delays of up to 30 minutes during the height of the morning commute. By 11:30 a.m., railroad officials said service had been restored to usual schedules/