[Editor's Note: For updates on train and highway closures/delays, as well as power outages across New Haven County once the storm hits, click here.]
News articles and hurricane preparation features for Hurricane Sandy:
Update at 6:19 p.m.:
Milford Officials Visit Devastated Shorefront; Schools Closed This Week
Update at 5:17 p.m.:
In Milford there are 458 Outages affecting 14,339 Customers as of 4:53 pm, October 31st.
Updated at 4:00 p.m.:
Schools in Milford are closed for the rest of the week, according to the office of Jim Richetelli, COO of the Board of Education.
Update at 12:08 p.m.:
Here are some devastating photos from East Broadway/Silver Sands.
Update at 8:36 p.m.:
- The Federal Government has declared shoreline counties a disaster area. Gov. Malloy said he's confident FEMA will recommend the same declaration for the rest of the state when the agency completes its review of the damage from Hurricane Sandy.
- Here's a guide on what to do to stay safe after Hurricane Sandy from the Milford Police Department.
- Halloween , October 31st, and Monday and Tuesday garbage pick-up takes place on Wednesday, October 31st.
Update at 8:26 p.m.:
- 13,124 in Milford are still without power
- I went down to Hillside Ave. today. They were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Let's hope they get the recovery they need.
- State Representative Paul Davis told me that many of the residents of affected locations are growing tired of people on their front lawns, snapping photos. Please stay away from affected areas unless it is necessary.
- It's also good to avoid any areas with puddles and anywhere you don't need to be. There are many live wires and possible chemicals released into the water, as State Senator Gayle Slossberg pointed out.
- Bruce Kolwicz, Director of Public Works, City of Milford, talked with Milford Patch about what the City is doing to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Update at 1:09 p.m.:
The Milford Fire Department has responded to over 100+ calls, including:
- 4 medicals
- 30 wires down
- 7 transformer fires
- 9 fire alarms
- 30 trees into houses
- 13 water rescues
- 5 bldg fires
- 7 odors of gas
Update at 1:05 p.m.:
Gov. Malloy's travel ban has been lifted since 8 a.m. this morning.
Update at 12:35 p.m.:
"The Downtown WiFi is up and running. This may be helpful for those in need of immediate internet access." - Augie Harrigan
Monday, October 29th
Update at 1:36 p.m.:
New Haven Ave & Pond Point Ave have been closed.
Update at 1:33 p.m.:
Malloy has issued a travel ban. The ban stops large trucks from moving through the state but also bars other non-essential travel from state highways.
Update at 1:18 p.m.:
No trash pick-up in Milford on Tuesday.
Update at 1:15 p.m.:
From the Mayor, Ben Blake:
"You can call the Storm Information Hot Line at 203‐874‐6782. Recorded messages and updates may also be found at 203 ‐8STORM2 (878‐6762) phone line. The City of Milford has placed an order for additional sandbags with Connecticut Emergency Management due to the overwhelming demand, if additional stocks are made available residents the location for pick up will be made known."
Update at 1:08 p.m.:
Governor Dannel P. Malloy ordered that all expiration dates and periods of validity for motor vehicle registrations, licenses, permits, certificates and other forms of credentials issued by or on behalf of the Department of Motor Vehicles be immediately extended until further notice due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy on Connecticut.
Update at 12:48 p.m.:
The City of Milford website has been updated with some extensive info for the storm.
Update at 12:43 p.m.:
The City of Milford has issued a press release with a lot of important information on it.
Update at 11:54 a.m.:
- Milford Point and Melba Street are already under water
Update at 10:33 a.m.:
Governor Malloy has announced that all Connecticut highways will be closed for Hurricane Sandy. First shift is trucks at 11 a.m., second shift is all other vehicles at 1 p.m.
Update at 1:54 a.m.:
Here's the current National Weather Service forecast specifically for Milford:
- Overnight: Scattered sprinkles. Cloudy, with a low around 54. Breezy, with a northeast wind around 21 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph.
- Monday: Rain, mainly after 8am. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 61. Very windy, with a northeast wind 29 to 34 mph increasing to 36 to 41 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 75 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
A "High Wind Warning" will be in effect from 6 a.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Tuesday.
A "Coastal Flood Warning" will be in effect from 6 a.m. Monday to 3 p.m. Tuesday.
A "Flood Watch" continues "through Tuesday afternoon."
Update at 1:48 a.m.:
Here's a link to the U.I. outage map. Nothing to see now, but you could bookmark it. Milford Patch will keep you informed about electricity outage numbers, either way.
Update 1:41 a.m.:
"In response to the dangerous weather impacting the state from Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Sunday evening signed an executive order extending the in-person voter registration deadline in Connecticut to Thursday, November 1, at 8 p.m. for those who intend to vote in the upcoming election," the Governor's Office has announced. "The deadline had originally been scheduled for Tuesday, October 30, at 8 p.m.
The order is Executive Order No. 21.
Update 1:39 a.m.:
For the duration of the storm, Cablevision News 12 has taken down the firewall on its website, so you can watch (or just listen) to it online, here.
Update 1:37 a.m.:
"On Monday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will hold three media briefings at the state Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Hartford to provide updates on Connecticut’s response to Hurricane Sandy – the first at 8:30 a.m., followed by another at noon, and then a third at 6:00 p.m." — announcement this evening from the Governor's Office.
Update 1:36 a.m.:
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Sunday evening announced that he has "ordered all non-essential state employees not to report into work for all shifts on Monday, October 29, in response to the impending severe impact of Hurricane Sandy on Connecticut," according to a news release sent out by his office.
Update 1:25 a.m.:
The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles "has canceled all administrative hearings for Monday, October 29, at its offices statewide. Later in the week those with a scheduled hearing for Monday should call the DMV administrative hearings unit to set up a new date," according to a news release issued by the DMV this evening. "The number to call is (860) 263-5203."
Update at 11:36 p.m.:
- A full list of streets that need to be evacuated in Milford.
- The MFD has released a map showing public shelters and medical facilities.
Update at 9:33 p.m.:
Here's everything you need to know if you're planning on going to the Emergency Evacuation Shelter at Jonathan Law.
Update at 9:07 p.m.:
Here is a great deal of important Milford information about Hurricane Sandy.
Update at 8:03 p.m.:
Westfield Shoppingtown/Connecticut Post will be closed tomorrow, as will Milford Marketplace (the plaza with Whole Foods in it), according to Megan Davey Ansaldo on our Facebook page.
Update at 7:24 p.m.:
If there any Senior Citizens who may have medical equipment that needs power to operate can stay at the Shelter Center at Jonathan Law High School, free of charge. For any future questions, people can call the Milford Emergency Operation Center (which right now is the Milford Fire Department) at 203-874-6321.
Update at 7:10 p.m.:
Studio Z Fitness on Cherry St. posted an announcement on their Facebook page that there will be no classes Monday.
Milford is ordering a mandatory evacuation of residents along the shoreline as of 6 p.m. Sunday; schools will be closed Monday, Tuesday.
Metro-North service will be suspended as of 7 p.m. Sunday. Here's a list of the last trains that will operate today before the system-wide suspension:
New Haven Line
-7:07 PM train from Grand Central to New Haven arriving at 8:59 PM
-7:10 PM train from Grand Central to Stamford arriving at 8:17 PM
-6:53 PM train from New Haven to Grand Central arriving at 8:44 PM
-7:03 PM train from Stamford to Grand Central arriving at 8:09 PM
Hurricane Sandy is forecast to continue to head north-northeast until Monday morning, when it will turn west and make landfall by early Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service's National Hurricane Center.
However due her 105-mile-wide span, Sandy is expected to start bringing strong winds and tidal surge to the Connecticut coast starting Monday morning.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy "will fully activate the state’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Sunday at 8 a.m. to continue coordinating the state’s response in advance of Hurricane Sandy," a Saturday news release from the Governor's Office announced.
"Following a series of unified command meetings and municipal conference calls, Malloy will hold two media briefings from the state EOC on Sunday—the first at 11:30 a.m., followed by another at 6 p.m.
"The state EOC, staffed by state emergency management personnel and representatives of the state’s major utility companies, will remain open throughout the duration of the storm."
At a news conference, Gov. Dannel Malloy Malloy said the monster storm lumbering toward New England could be worse than the hurricane of 1938. "Folks, this could be bad, really bad."
Malloy told leaders of southwestern shoreline towns they should start evacuating waterfront areas of their communities by Sunday morning.
With the storm expected to last some 36 hours that means the surge could take place over four high tide cycles, 11:30 p.m., Monday, Sunday, 11:30 a.m., midnight Monday and Tuesday at noon. The worst of the surge, Malloy said, is expected Monday at midnight.
“We expect coastal flooding worse than Irene and the most severe impact will be from Greenwich to East Haven. We anticipate severe flooding, perhaps the worst we’ve seen in more than 75 years.”
- Connecticut Highways Closed for Hurricane Sandy
- Governor Malloy Orders Voter Registration Extended to Thursday 8 PM (Monday, Oct. 29)
- Tips for Hurricane Preparations for Alzheimer's Patients(Monday, Oct. 29)
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- If and When you Lose Power... (Monday, Oct. 29)
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- Milford's Jonathan Law Hurricane Sandy Evacuation Shelter Info
- Milford Updates on Hurricane Sandy (Sunday, Oct. 28)
- (Sunday, Oct. 28)
- Hurricane Sandy Storm Surge Presents Threat of Drowning
- Westfield Connecticut Post Closed Monday(Sunday, Oct. 28)
- Mandatory Coastal Evacuation in Milford; Schools Closed Mon-Tue
- Metro-North to Suspend Service on New Haven Line Sunday Evening(Sunday, Oct. 28)
- National Weather Service forecast page specifically for Milford
- United Way of Connecticut's "Hurricane Sandy Disaster Information & Resources" Web page: "Before, during and after the storm, United Way 2-1-1 will have continually updated information on shelters and other emergency resources. Visit www.211ct.org or dial 2-1-1 for the latest information."
- Milford Patch tweets and retweets about Hurricane Sandy (among other topics)
- United Illuminating outage map.
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Milford is all about connecting neighbors and helping neighbors so we hope you’ll find this information hub helpful as we brave the storm together. Stay safe!