Weather service ups Sandy wind warning

The National Weather Service has adjusted its high wind warning, which is similar to hurricane warning, for southwest Connecticut. As of 4 p.m, the service is now warning of hazardous, damaging winds from 35 to 55 mph from 6 a.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Wind gusts could be up to 85 mph on Monday afternoon.

The “strongest winds are expected Monday afternoon and night,” according to the warning.

The weather service is not calling it a hurricane warning because by the time Sandy reaches this area, it will no longer be a hurricane. Instead it will combine with two other systems and become a hybrid super storm.

The winds could pose “a significant threat to life and property,” according to the weather service.

“Damaging winds are expected,” the announcement said. “Winds will be capable of downing trees and snapping off large tree branches. Power outages could be widespread and last at least several days. Debris will block some roads. Most poorly anchored mobile homes will be damaged. Other homes may have damage to shingles, siding, gutters and windows — especially if these items are not properly secured. Loose outdoor items will become airborne, causing additional damage and possible injury. Windows in high-rise buildings could be broken by flying debris.”

This includes removing lawn signs for political candidates. With Election Day only nine days away, Greenwich homes and streets are full of the signs and both political parties have warned people to take them inside because the winds could pull them up from the ground and turn them into dangerous flying objects.

If you haven’t already, you are running out of time to make preparations to protect your life and your property, the weather service warns.

“Rush to completion the hardening of your home or your business by closing shutters and bracing garage doors. Heed the advice of local officials and comply with any orders that are issued,” the weather service warned.

Residents have been packing stores all day to get supplies and preparing for the storm. While there are rumors that local stations are running out of gasoline, the Post has found that most local stations are reporting they have the supply to meet customer needs. The Mobil station northbond on the Merritt Parkaway in Greenwich has reported that it only had an hour’s supply of gas as of 4:30 p.m. and that it did not know when it was going to get more. The Cos Cob Mobil Mart, the West Putnam Avenue Shell, the 83 East Putnam Shell, the East Putnam Avenue Sunoco and the Glenville Shell all reported having enough supply.

The town is expected to have a briefing on the storm response for residents at 7 p.m. in the town’s Public Safety Complex. Check back to Greenwich-post.com and twitter.com/greenewichpost for more information.

 

Kait Shea contributed to this article.

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