The Town of Darien is under a hurricane watch. We expect the watch to be upgraded to a warning over the next 12 hours. We are in constant communication with the state of Connecticut. The storm is forecast to bring a significant amount of rainfall (7 to 9 inches), coastal storm surges of up to four feet and 6-8 foot waves on Long Island Sound. This storm has the potential to be one of the most severe in recent history. High winds resulting in tree damage and widespread power outages are also expected. Information will be available via the town's homepage (www.darienct.gov), TV channel 79, and local media outlets.
We highly recommend the following:
If you live in an area prone to coastal or inland flooding, make plans to evacuate to higher elevations by early Saturday afternoon.
If you require medical assistance, please make appropriate care arrangements and be sure to have an adequate supply of oxygen or other medical necessities on hand.
We urge residents to call 911 only in an actual life threatening emergency. Please use routine phone numbers for all other purposes. Darien's emergency crews will be operating under state guidelines for storms and will cease to operate when it becomes too dangerous to do so safely.
Power issues should be reported directly into Connecticut Light & Power at 800-286-2000.
Stay home. Limit travel for emergency purposes only. Emergency, utility and maintenance crews will be active.
Stay clear of downed wires and trees. Treat all wires as energized and highly likely to injure or potentially kill.
The town of Darien is expecting to open an emergency shelter at Darien High School. The shelter will be open by 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Sandbags will be available to Darien residents, in limited supply, at the Transfer Station until 4 p.m. Saturday.
To register for the Town's Code Red Emergency Notification System, go to the Town of Darien website .
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