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Update, 12:47 p.m. Nov. 8
The following message was sent by the Wilton Emergency Management team:
Yesterday’s Nor’easter storm dropped 4-5 inches of wet snow on Wilton, but fortunately, expected wind levels and gusts were below forecast.
Utility crews worked last night in the storm and eventually CL&P reported outages in Wilton dropped to “0”, as power was restored to the last suffering CL&P customer.
By 6:00 a.m. this morning, snow storm related power outages started to be received and as of noon today, CL&P’s outage map had risen to 70 customers out of power, due primarily to a major outage that affected 58 customers in the Spoonwood Road area. Utility crews are on site making repairs.
CL&P advises that utility crews are responding to all outages and working to restore power to all customers today. As always, power outages should first be reported to CL&P by calling 1-800-286-2000. Town officials are also urging residents experiencing cable TV and telephone communication problems, to contact the companies providing these services directly to report problems.
Wilton’s declared state of emergency condition was lifted today at 12:00 noon and state authorities were notified. However, Wilton’s Emergency Operations Center remains open and is continuing in a partially activated operating mode until full power restoration has been achieved.
Update, 7 a.m. Nov. 8
Wilton public schools will open with a two-hour delay Thursday, according to the district's website.
Updated, Nov. 7, 6:04 p.m.
The Wilton Y will close at 8 p.m. tonight. All program classes from 3:30 p.m. on are cancelled. Group fitness classes are on except for 4:30 p.m. spinning. There is no evening babysitting.
Updated, Nov. 7, 5:15 p.m.
The Wilton Library is closing tonight (11/7/12) at 6 p.m. due to the snowstorm and deteriorating road conditions.
Updated, Nov. 7, 3:35 p.m.
The National Weather Services warns that Connecticut could be hit with winds clocking in at 25 mph and gusts up 50 mph from today’s nor’easter.
The wind advisory is in effect until 4 a.m. on Thursday, and the strength of the wind is capable of downing trees and power lines. There are scattered outages throughout the state, as some people are still without power from Tropical Storm Sandy last week.
Total snowfall could reach up to four inches away from the coast.
Some coastal municipalities, such as Greenwich and Milford, have urged residents living nearing the Long Island Sound to evacuate, as the high tide could lead to flooding.
Updated, Nov. 7 2:21 p.m.
Afterschool activities and clubs at Wilton Public Schools are canceled Wednesday due to the Nor'easter.
Connecticut is rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy toppled trees, flooded homes and knocked out electricity for more than half a million customers last week.
Now, just as outages hit less than one percent about a week later, the state’s two largest utility companies say they are readying for more bad weather as a nor’easter could hit the state on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 7. While the strength is expected to be much weaker than Sandy, United Illuminating and Connecticut Light & Power are preparing for potentially severe weather—even though the utility companies are still dealing with the last bout of outages.
“We still remain on the job restoring customers still affected by Sandy,” said Mitch Gross, spokesperson for CL&P.
He said that there’s a possibility of 45-50 mph gusts of wind, rain and snow on Wednesday.
The storm is expected to bypass devastated New Jersey en route to Connecticut. Coastal areas are expected to see some of the strongest winds, and there’s a possibility of a storm surge of several feet.
“We’re well prepared for the possibility of severe weather,” he said.
United Illuminating, which serves the Bridgeport and New Haven areas, asked its crews that came in from out of state to remain just to deal with possible nor’easter damage. The crews hail from Alabama, Florida, Ohio and other states.
“We’re certainly hopeful that we don’t get any additional damage,” said Michael West Jr., spokesperson for UI.
“Unlike Hurricane Sandy, there’s nothing really unusual about this storm,” said meteorologist Geoff Fox of WTIC, according to Fox News. “This is a type of storm New England and the Northeast get often."
He added, “It just seems unfair it’s coming now!”