Coastal Connecticut Cities Recommend Henry Evacuations

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STAMFORD, Connecticut – The National Hurricane Center warned on Saturday that coastal towns in Connecticut could be inundated by the storm surge from Hurricane Henri, possibly causing major flooding south of Highway 1, a major artery to across the state.

Realizing that eight inches of rain was possible, the coastal towns of New Haven, Branford, Guilford and Groton have recommended residents on streets closest to the water drain voluntarily. Gov. Ned Lamont said the state was monitoring nursing homes in case evacuations were needed.

“I urge everyone in Connecticut to take this storm seriously,” Lamont said in a statement. “Prepare to shelter in place on Sunday and early Monday morning. Plan for power outages that could last a long time.

Connecticut power companies have said downed trees could leave hundreds of thousands of customers without power for three weeks.

Tropical Storm Isaias surprised power companies last year. They didn’t have enough restoration or mobilized tree crews, leaving the state nearly crippled for over a week. About 750,000 customers lost power in Connecticut during the storm, as well as 600,000 outages on Long Island.

On Saturday night, Connie Gutierrez and her husband pulled up to an I-95 rest stop in Darien, Connecticut, after dropping their son off at Princeton University, NJ.

They wanted a quick dinner before hitting the road again. They live in a waterfront condominium in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood and wanted to at least bring the outdoor furniture before the high winds and rain started.

“We didn’t get very far,” Ms. Gutierrez said. “The traffic is madness.”

Outside, three utility trucks drove through the parking lot toward the drive-thru. The sky was still blue and partly cloudy.

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