A tornado watch, according to the weather service, is in effect until 9 p.m. Saturday for Fairfield county and elsewhere in Connecticut.
The Weather Channel reports the difference between a tornado watch or warning:
Tornado watch: Conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms and multiple tornadoes in and around the watch area. People in the affected areas are encouraged to be vigilant in preparation for severe weather.
Tornado warning: Spotters have sighted a tornado or one has been indicated on radar, and is occurring or imminent in the warning area. When a tornado warning has been issued, people in the affected area are strongly encouraged to take cover immediately.
Thunderstorms are expected Saturday afternoon and into the night, some of these storms “will produce heavy rain and strong gusty winds,” according to the weather service.
First Selectman Jayme Stevenson told The Darien Times she is keeping in contact with Darien Police Chief Duane Lovello and the town’s public works department throughout Saturday to keep an eye on any weather related issues.
There was a tornado warning for Fairfield County and eastern Westchester County through 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, according to the National Weather Service. Emergency alerts on smart phones notified users of a tornado warning through 12:45 p.m. and advised users to seek shelter.
The weather service doppler radar, 11:53 a.m., indicated a severe thunderstorm cartable of “producing a tornado 14 miles southwest of Ridgefield — or six miles northwest of Stamford — moving north at 35 mph.”
Other locations in the warning include but are not limited to Georgetown, Danbury and Bethel.
Additional reporting by Susan Shultz