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Westport Issues Code Red Warning

WESTPORT, Conn. — The town of Westport issued a Code Red at 7:20 p.m. Saturday, warning residents that traffic is banned on the Merritt Parkway and that downed tree limbs and power lines were blocking many town roads.

The call also warned of possible 40 mph wind gusts Saturday night, bringing the prospect of even more power outages and damage.

An hour earlier, Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury said two shifts of firefighters were on duty, scrambling to keep up with many calls. “We had about 150 incidents of wires down,” Kingsbury was quoted as saying on “We have about a third of the town without power. Obviously, with the leaves on the trees, that’s what’s killing us."

The Code Red phone call also warned of additional snowfall, possibly totaling 8 inches.

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