Governor Lamont provides update on Connecticut’s preparedness for Hurricane Henri

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Governor Lamont provides an update on Connecticut’s preparedness for Hurricane Henri

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the Connecticut State Emergency Operations Center is activated ahead of Hurricane Henri, which is expected to hit Connecticut tomorrow, and management officials state emergencies worked all day to prepare for the storm. The governor urges everyone in Connecticut to prepare for its impact.

“While Connecticut has certainly seen its fair share of bad weather, Henry is shaping up to be the first direct hit of a hurricane on the state in over 30 years,” Governor Lamont said. “I urge everyone in Connecticut to take this storm seriously. Prepare to shelter in place on Sunday and early Monday morning. Plan for power outages that could last a long time. Be prepared for urban and coastal flooding, especially if you live in a designated flood zone. The state is deploying resources and working with our federal counterparts to respond quickly and respond when necessary. We will continue to monitor the storm and provide updates over the next few days. “

As previously announced, the governor today submitted a request to President Joe Biden to have a declaration of pre-landing emergency declared for Connecticut, which would provide the state with federal assistance in anticipation of the impacts of the storm. Governor Lamont spoke by phone with President Biden about the request this afternoon.

In addition, Governor Lamont issued a declaration of civil preparedness emergency – commonly referred to as a state of emergency – which will allow the state to take whatever action is necessary to protect the health and well-being of the people of Connecticut. .

Under Governor Lamont’s leadership, more than 200 members of the Connecticut National Guard have been placed on active duty in the state and spent today preparing for the storm response. Expected missions include search and rescue of high-wheeled vehicles, clearing roads, generating electricity and distributing commodities, but may change depending on the actual impact of the storm.

Governor Lamont emphasizes the following for the people of Connecticut:

  • Flood: Soil statewide is already saturated due to the significant amount of rain Connecticut has received in recent weeks. Hurricane Henri is expected to bring a large amount of additional precipitation. Because the soil is already saturated, it will cause significant urban and coastal flooding throughout the state. Additionally, a very high tide is expected along the Connecticut coastline, which will exacerbate the flooding.
  • Breakdowns: Hurricane Henri is expected to produce sustained winds of about 65 miles per hour with gusts up to 80 miles per hour, which will bring down trees and power lines. Eversource and United Illuminating predict that a significant number of customers statewide will lose power, and outages are expected to last for days. Utilities have told the governor they are bringing twice as many crews to the state as they were in last year’s storm. Even with these additional shifts, customers still need to be prepared for outages that could last for a significant period of time. Everyone statewide is urged to keep all mobile devices fully charged in the event of an emergency.

Everyone in Connecticut is encouraged to check for announcements from their city and town officials regarding potential evacuation orders for their area. They should take these orders seriously and follow those guidelines.

In addition, all public transportation systems across the state, including trains, buses and ferries, are scheduled to shut down in the early hours of Sunday morning. These suspensions will likely last until at least Monday morning.

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