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State of Emergency Declared in Stonington

Stonington Public Schools will be closed at least through Tuesday.

With Hurricane Sandy drawing closer, Stonington First Selectman Ed Haberek declared of state of emergency for the town on Sunday afternoon.

The National Weather Service says Long Island and Southern New England shore towns are particularly vulnerable to storm surge and severe flooding from Hurricane Sandy.

"Gale force winds are expected to arrive along portions of the Mid-Atlantic coast later today and reach Long Island and Southern New England by Monday morning," the National Weather Service reported early Sunday.

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In Stonington, the town’s emergency operations center opened Sunday afternoon at the Stonington Police Station, and residents in areas prone to flooding were being urged to evacuate.

"If you have an aunt in Vermont, now would be a good time to visit her," Haberek said.

At this time the evacuation is voluntary.

The flood gates on Mechanic Street in Pawcatuck closed at 2 p.m. If you need access to the surrounding area your best is to access Greenhaven Road or go around to Prospect Street.

Stonington Public School students will not have school on Monday and Tuesday due to Hurricane Sandy.

Haberek said a decision about whether or not to cancel school on Wednesday would be made once the storm hits the area.

There will also be no trash-pick up on Monday and Tuesday.

A full list of cancellations and closings is available here. Share the cancellations and/or closings you have heard about and help your friends and neighbors stay updated.

Here is the forecast as of 2:20 p.m, Sunday Oct. 28, 2012:

  • Sunday Afternoon: Cloudy, with a high near 60. Northeast wind around 18 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph.
  • Tonight: A slight chance of light rain. Cloudy, with a low around 52. Windy, with a northeast wind 25 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 46 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
  • Monday: Rain, mainly after 8am. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 63. Windy, with a east wind 37 to 39 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
  • Monday Night: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 59. Very windy, with a east wind 39 to 46 mph, with gusts as high as 70 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
  • Tuesday: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 59. Windy, with a southeast wind 32 to 37 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
  • Tuesday Night: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
  • Wednesday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.
  • Wednesday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

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