Town continues to prepare for potential storm impact early next week

While Hurricane Sandy’s winds have decreased and the storm has become less organized after passing over the western Bahamas, forecasters expect it to reorganize and strengthen as it barrels toward the East Coast.

Tropical storm warnings were issued Friday for the Carolinas and is expected to be extended northward as the current path of the storm, now with 80 mph winds, has Sandy making landfall anywhere from North Carolina to New Haven. State and town officials have urged residents to be prepared for the potential impact of the storm and an update on the town’s preparations from First Selectman Peter Tesei is expected this evening.

The National Weather Center Friday afternoon still had the center of Sandy’s path as Delaware Bay, which is on the border of Delaware and New Jersey. The National Hurricane Center’s models continue to show Sandy’s predicted path moving south and west of the Nutmeg State.

 

But what could be bad news for Connecticut is that the hurricane’s big thunderstorms are in the northern part of the storm. So if the storm’s center hits south of here, it could mean the worst of the hurricane — which is 1,500 miles wide — could wreak havoc on southwest Connecticut.

Some forecasts say that Connecticut could now get up to 9 inches of rain when the storm hits. Winds could start picking up in Connecticut between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning and continue to increase for the next 24 to 36 hours. All this could be combined with the wintry storm moving this way from the West and an arctic system moving south from Canada.

The town has not opened its Emergency Operations Center but likely will this weekend. Mr. Tesei is expected to have an update on town preparations at 6 p.m. Starting Saturday, he has said there will be twice daily updates from his office at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Town facilities are being secured and departments are reviewing response plans and making sure staff and resources are ready for a response, Mr. Tesei said.

According to Mr. Tesei, Connecticut Light & Power has committed to bringing in 2,700 additional line and tree crews and was developing staffing plans to support a multi-day 24-hour operation. The utility has also committed to making sure there is open communication with town departments to make sure customers get information on repairs if outages occur.

Mr. Tesei urged residents to monitor weather through media outlets and visit the town of Greenwich website at greenwichct.org for further updates and to review our Hurricane Preparedness brochure http://www.greenwichct.org/upload/medialibrary/de8/hd_Hurricanes_Be_Prepared_4.pdf

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