National Weather Service: It Was a Tornado 

The powerful storm that struck New Canaan Tuesday evening was in fact a tornado, officials confirmed. 

Representatives from the National Weather Service after surveying the town said that New Canaan experienced an “EF1 tornado” with winds reaching 100 mph, according to Mike Handler, the town’s director of Emergency Management. 

“Clearly the damage we sustained yesterday was different from prior storms,” Handler said in an email update. “Unlike past hurricanes or Nor’easters, this storm was predominantly isolated to a band along the New Canaan/Norwalk border. Damage to both trees and our electrical infrastructure was severe.”

The Office of Emergency Management opened as the tornado took down trees, limbs and power lines, knocking out power to more than 1,400 local homes, some 75 of which still had not been restored as of 6 p.m. Wednesday. With this storm, we have all just been introduced to severe weather patterns with far less predictive warning than previous storms,” Handler said. “The Town will continue to update its emergency operations plans to ensure that we utilize the very latest and best practices.”

Handler is urging residents to notify police as they discover branches on power lines or downed electrical lines, at the general number of 203-594-3000.

Emergency Management: ‘Most’ Town Roads Should Be Passable Wednesday Morning After Violent Storm [UPDATED]

Update 12:15 p.m.

As of midday, White Oak Shade Road between Gerdes Road and Shagbark Lane remained closed for restoration efforts by Eversource due to Wednesday night’s storm, police said. Eversource now expects power to be restored by 5 p.m. “This is just an estimation and could be longer depending on work that needs to be completed by Eversource,” according to Police Lt. Jason Ferraro. “Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes through the afternoon rush hour.” Update 6:39 a.m.

Roads are blocked at Marvin Ridge, Conrad and Wydendown Roads as well as White Oak Shade Road at Brookside, according to the Office of Emergency Management. Most of the 402 New Canaan homes still without power will be restored this morning, officials said, citing information from Eversource.

Evading Charge for Motorist Who Crashes, Flees Scene

Police on Saturday arrested a 59-year-old Stamford man following a single-vehicle crash in New Canaan. At about 4:18 p.m. on Sept. 29, officers were dispatched to the area of Ponus Ridge and Greenley Road on a report of a van that had crashed into some trees, according to a police report. The van after crashing was found to be unoccupied, the report said. Police conducted an investigation and found that the Stamford man had left the crash scene after finding him at Irwin Park, it said.

41-Year-Old Man Charged with DUI

Police after midnight Thursday arrested a 41-year-old South Salem, N.Y. man and charged him with driving under the influence. At about 12:34 a.m. on Sept. 27, an officer on patrol clocked a vehicle traveling northbound on Route 123 at 60 mph in a 45 mph zone, according to a police report. The officer stopped the car near the intersection of Old Kings Highway and smelled alcohol on speaking to him, the report said. The driver then failed field sobriety tests and was taken into custody on the misdemeanor charge, it said.

Police: High-Speed Chase in New Canaan Leads to Arrest of 15-Year-Old Male; Two Others Escape on Foot

Police arrested a Stamford teen on Friday afternoon following a high speed chase that ended when the vehicle the juvenile was driving crashed into a utility pole near Saxe Middle School. Two other male occupants in the car had fled on foot in the area of Lakeview Avenue and were not found, according to a police report. At about 4:43 p.m., an officer tried to stop a car on Millport Avenue that had a defective brake light, the report said. As the officer approached on foot, the vehicle sped off up Lakeview Avenue and turned into the parking lot of a condominium complex, according to the report. The 15-year-old driver stayed in the car but two juveniles fled on foot behind the condo units, the report said.