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Westport Unveils New Online Resources For Monitoring Bad Weather

The Westport Office of Emergency Management recently added two online resources for monitoring bad weather.
The Westport Office of Emergency Management recently added two online resources for monitoring bad weather. Photo Credit: Courtesy WeatherLink

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Westport Office of Emergency Management recently added online resources for monitoring bad weather in town.

The department recently installed tide and storm surge monitoring stations on the Saugatuck River in downtown Westport at Route 1. The U.S. Geological Survey has installed this gauge as part of a planned Tide Gauge and Storm Surge Monitoring Network for Coastal Connecticut, according to a release.

Another resource available from the USGS is the WaterAlert program. WaterAlert allows residents to receive updates via e-mail or text messages "when user-definable thresholds are met or exceeded at the tide gauge," representatives said.

There is a new internet-accessible weather station at Westport Fire Headquarters. The weather station measures temperature, wind speed, humidity, rain and barometric pressure. The wireless system provides updates to the Emergency Operations Center, dispatchers and senior staff.

To access the monitoring station, residents are asked to go to the page on the U.S. Geological Survey website . To view WeatherAlert, residents can go to the WeatherAlert website .

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