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Storm Watchers Saw a 'Big Blink'

Mike Trotta and Vinny Teodosio stood under an awning, surveying the damage along Main Street Wednesday evening  after powerful storms tore through Westport. They described the events as “crazy.” “The wind just picked up so fast,” said Trotta. Scattered across the sidewalk were small branches and myriad leaves. Behind them, the store they work in, Solstice Sunglasses, still had power. Across the street, the story was different.

“There was just this big ‘blink’ and then all of that went out,” said Teodosio as he waived his hand at the scene across the street. He described the moments the storm engulfed downtown as frightening.

Minutes before the storm hit, concerned friends called to warn them. The news said a tornado warning was in effect and they should find shelter. The two saw dark rolling clouds coming, and knew the storm would be fierce.

And then it was over. The first wave of rain and wind left almost as quickly as it arrived. Main Street, though messy, was spared most of the wrath.  “The sun just came out all of a sudden,” said Trotta.

By then, though, power lines and trees were down across town and thousands were without power. Teodosio laughed as he confessed it wasn’t a great afternoon for selling sunglasses.

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