Kellogg: National Weather Service issues Tropical Storm Warning

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Monroe Town Hall in the evening. Photo by John Babina

The following is a message about Tropical Storm Henri from First Selectman Ken Kellogg issued Saturday (today):

The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Fairfield County as Henri approaches our state and is currently expected to make landfall near New Haven as either a strong tropical storm or a category 1 hurricane. The first effects of the storm Henri are expected by 6 a.m. tomorrow morning, with rain and wind increasing throughout the day. The heaviest rain and peak winds are forecast to occur on Sunday from midafternoon through late evening.

Monroe residents are advised to anticipate a rainfall potential of 4 to 8 inches, which may cause flooding in flood-prone areas. Here in western Connecticut, sustained winds of 40 mph are forecast with gusts of 60 mph or higher. Statewide, Henri has the potential to cause more damage than last year’s storm, Isaias.

During a statewide briefing with state and local officials, Eversource stated that they are planning for peak outages statewide of 30-49%, and a “multi-day restoration event.” While Eversource has reported that they are bringing in a record number of restoration crews in anticipation of this storm, please prepare now for the potential of extended restoration times.

Reporting Issues & Concerns
As always, in an emergency call 911.

For issues with your utility provider, the most effective way to report is to contact your service provider directly:

Eversource – Power Outage: 1-800-286-2000

Eversource – Natural Gas: 1-877-944-5325

Aquarion: 1-800-732-9678

Charter/Spectrum: 1-833-780-1880

Frontier: 1-800-921-8101

If the issue is not an emergency, but requires immediate attention, the best way to report is to call our dispatch center at 203-261-3622. This will ensure that the proper departments are notified and the matter prioritized.

For report routine concerns to the Town that can wait until after the storm, you can even go to our website atwww.MonroeCT.org and use the “Submit a Service Request” button.

Staying Updated

Sign Up for Emergency “Code Red” Notifications

We utilize Code Red for emergency community notification. However, you must enroll in this service in order to be notified. If you are not already enrolled, click on “Code Red Sign Up” at the top right of our home page at www.monroect.org.

Sign up to receive Eversource Outage Alerts by text, email, or phone at www.eversource.com. Emergency Preparedness resources and planning guides are available at www.monroect.org/prepare.

Links to emergency information will be posted, when appropriate, on the top of the Town’s website at www.monroect.org.

Thank you and stay safe!

Kenneth M. Kellogg,

First Selectman

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