Region unscathed as Jose fizzles out; high surf advisory remains in effect

Region unscathed as Jose fizzles out; high surf advisory remains in effect

The Westerly Sun

The threat of tropical storm conditions overnight has fizzled out.

Despite forecasts calling for potentially heavy rain and winds of up to 40 mph, most of the region was spared from the lingering effects of tropical storm Jose. As of 6:30 a.m., there were no electrical outages to report anywhere in Connecticut, according to Eversource officials, and National Grid reported that only 51 customers in Rhode Island were without power. All of those were within Providence County, National Grid reported.

Westerly and Stonington residents woke with little to no damage from the storm. In fact, there were no road closures at any point, according to dispatchers in both communities. Stonington officials responded to reports of a utility pole fire on Elihu Island Road late Tuesday night, but the incident was unrelated to the storm and was quickly resolved, officials said.

According to the National Weather Service, conditions were downgraded overnight after Jose lost steam and became stagnant in the Atlantic Ocean. Today’s forecast calls for possible showers with winds of 18 to 20 mph and gusts up to 34 mph. Less than a tenth of an inch of rain is expected. Tonight there will be a slight chance of showers between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. before becoming mostly cloudy with a low around 67.

A high surf advisory will remain in effect through at least Friday.

— Jason Vallee


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