What Clinton Residents Need To Know As Hurricane Sandy Approaches

There's still time to do a few tasks before the effects of the storm hit Sunday night.


Town officials have declared a "State of Emergency" in the town.

The governor has also declared a "State of Emergency" for Connecticut.

Residents should consider evacuating, especially those in low lying areas.

Andrews Memorial Town Hall will be open beginning Monday as an Emergency Shelter. Pets are welcome (please remember leashes, crates and cages as well as their food).

The effects of Hurricane Sandy are expected to hit the shoreline Sunday night, with wind in the 40-50 mph range and gusts up to 60-70 mph. Residents could lose power Sunday night.

School officials are working with the town's Emergency Operations Team in preparation for the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy. Based on information from a meeting to be held later today, school officials will make a determination about school closing next week.

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Charge all of your electronics now before the power goes out.

Fill your car with gasoline (gas stations may be closed after the storm).

If you don't have them already, purchase batteries, a battery-operated radio, and flashlights.

Get extra medications and/or refills for all families members filled now at the pharmacy.

Stock up on any baby items such as formula and diapers.

Have plenty of drinking water for all members of the family.  Fill extra containers now from the tap. If you have a well, fill an extra bathtub with water.

Have sufficient non-perishable food on hand.

Go now to the ATM or bank and get some cash (banks may be closed after the storms and ATMs may be empty and will not function in power outages).

Store or take in the garage or basement all outside furniture including chairs, umbrellas, tables, toys, etc.

jody October 28, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Probably not , wouldn't dismiss this one
Andrew October 28, 2012 at 04:51 PM
As a meteorologist who lives in Clinton, I would have to say this isn't a scare-mongering tactic. Everyone complained about Irene and lack of preparedness...well you are warned now, do not take these warnings lightly.
Jay October 28, 2012 at 05:47 PM
The computer projects - there are a number of them on WeatherUnderground show Sandy tomorrow taking a left turn into New Jersey and Penn. Suggest everyone take a deep breath on doing anything drastic......
Andrew October 28, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Yes, the models project the eye wall passing over New Jersey and into Penn, however we will be in the right front quadrant of the storm which is indicative of high winds (generally more damaging). All I say is that people need to heed on warnings and prepare. Last time people were caught off guard with Irene, and I heard ton of complaints about people not being prepared for it and the power outages. (for some reason its always the meteorologists fault). 70 mph winds is nothing to take lightly.
Hammer McPhee October 29, 2012 at 06:50 PM
The meteorologists provide great information, it's the talking heads in the newsroom who get out of control. Scary gusts out there right now!


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