Saturday afternoon was foggy and muggy and damp in Stonington Borough, as plywood was being nailed over windows and sandbags were being placed in doorways.
Around 1 p.m., a Stonington police car and a borough fire truck made their way down Water Street, announcing the mandatory evacuation for the area. "Out by 6 p.m.," the voice said over and over.
"It's overkill," said owner Tom Rezendes. "I am going to be open tomorrow (Sunday) morning at 5 just like I always am."
Others were heeding the warnings. Local builder Tom Buxton and his employee Shane Floribus were boarding up windows on a house along the harbor. Buxton said they had done 21 houses since Wednesday.
An employee at said they had hauled almost 40 boats out of the water. The parking lot of was filled with large sailboats.
State Sen. Andrew Maynard was in with owner Deborah Norman. Maynard said that he thought local and state emergency services were doing a good job keeping residents informed of the storm and the planning.
"It's better to be prepared and safe then to find yourself stranded," Maynard said. He said if power goes out there could be prolonged outages because so much of the East Coast is bearing the brunt of the storm, and resources will be stretched very thin.