WESTPORT — A tornado warning is in effect for Westport and the immediate region until 4:45 p.m. today (Monday, Sept. 5), and people are being urged to take shelter.

An alert about a dangerous storm has been issued by both the town’s Emergency Management Team and the National Weather Service.

Just prior to 4 p.m. a severe thunderstorm “capable of producing a tornado was located over Redding, or eight miles south of Danbury, moving east at 5 mph,” according to the EMT alert.

Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter, the warning states.

Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows and vehicles will occur. 

Tree damage also is likely.

The most recent tornado activity recorded in the region was in October 2018 when a tornado set down in New Canaan and tore a path into Norwalk. It was the first in nearly a half-century.