NORWALK, Connn. -- The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the Norwalk and Fairfield County area as Hermine makes its way up the East Coast.
This may be a very slow moving storm that could produce flooding, high winds and power outages throughout the Northeast, according to forecasters. Residents are strongly encouraged to monitor local weather updates throughout the weekend and into next week, since changes in the forecast would affect flooding, rainfall amounts and winds.
The city is closely monitoring the progress of Hermine and making preparations as this storm moves towards the area. The city’s Emergency Management Team met this morning to discuss the potential impact in Norwalk and remain in contact over the weekend. In addition to the city’s website and social media sites, the Code Red system may be used to update residents. To register for notifications/ emergency alerts, visit this link and follow the links to the Code Red page.
Safety tips include the following:
- Prepare your evacuation plan, including pets, transportation routes and destinations.
- Keep all trees and shrubs well trimmed and clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
- Stay informed! Listen to a NOAA weather radio or check local forecasts and news reports regularly.
- Bring in all outside furniture, decorations, garbage cans, etc.
- Turn off propane tanks.
- Fill the bathtub or buckets with water to use for cleaning and flushing toilets, if directed to do so.
- Keep your gas tank at least 3/4 full at all times.
- Keep cell phones and other mobile devices charged. Remember, text messages can often go even if cell phone calls can’t.
- Keep your emergency supplies kit, including water, and copies of important documents, in a waterproof, portable container, in an easily accessible location.
- If your basement may flood, move items off the floor and check sump pumps to ensure they’re functioning properly.
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