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Saturday, April 29 News

'Wireless Weather:' Westport offers online storm, flood monitors

The town's Office of Emergency Management has added new online resources for monitoring weather and flood conditions in town.

The first is a newly installed tide and storm station on the Saugaturck River in the downtown area at Route 1, according to information supplied by Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury.

To access the monitoring station on the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) website, go to http://on.doi.gov/1ijB1z2

The USGS has installed this gauge as part of a planned tide gauge and storm surge monitoring network for coastal Connecticut.

Another resource available from the USGS is the WaterAlert program: http://on.doi.gov/1fOxCX8

WaterAlert gives updates via e-mail or text (SMS) messages when user-definable thresholds are met or exceeded at the tide gauge.

Also new is an Internet-accessible weather station at Fire Department headquarters.

The weather station measures temperature, wind speed, humidity, rain and barometric pressure.

This wireless system, which provides updates to the Emergency Operations Center, dispatchers and senior staff, is now available to the public at http://bit.ly/1j4l9lI