Jun 052014

Case Memorial Library

Case Memorial Library

The Friends of the Library annual meeting at the Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, on Monday, June 9 at 7 p.m. includes a fascinating program for all ages “Getting to the Root of it.”

What’s hidden beneath the New Haven Green? 

Learn about a new layer in New Haven’s long and fascinating history, as State Archaeologist Nicholas Bellantoni of the University of Connecticut speaks about the human remains and time capsules found buried beneath the Green when Hurricane Sandy toppled the Lincoln Oak in 2012. 

0-AA-April27-2013-link-06-550x413All are welcome to attend.


Dec 302012

Memories returned from the sea

Milford-Orange Animal Control officers were walking on Silver Sands Beach (just a few hundred feet from the shelter’s front door) after Hurricane Sandy whipped the Milford shoreline in October and began picking up  bits and pieces of people’s lives.

The damaging waves that ran through the beachfront homes gifted the ocean with many priceless memories that it stole from the houses, then, as the tide came in and went out again, the water deposited the items back onto the beach.

Lead Animal Control Officer Rick George gathered up old calendars, family photos,  a classic car book, bookmarks, notepads and more.

If you recognize or belong to any of the photos of people or that Pug in front of a blue storm door, they have been dried out and are at the Animal Control, 664 E. Broadway, Milford.

Oct 292012

Strike Team vehicles in the Turkey Hill School parking lot on Monday morning.

The Orange Fire, Police, and Highway Departments and Orange CERT have been busy all day. As the winds picked up the Strike Teams took their places at strategic locations around town.

By 6 p.m. each one had been called out at least once for fallen trees, elderly assistance, a brush fire, several transformer fires, a tree into a house, and at least one medical call.

Strike teams, consisting of a police officer, public works employee, a fire officer and firefighters will be stationed at different locations where they will wait to be deployed to any life threatening emergencies that my arise during the storm.

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is located at the Orange Police Station and Asst. Fire Chief Charlie Sherwood is fielding all fire department related calls.

The EOC Team keeps an updated map of the town with each of the areas where trees are down, or roads are impassable for any reason, so when a team is dispatched they can be given the fastest route to avoid any obstacles.

When they are sent on a call the public works employee will be able to clear the road of any fallen trees etc, as long as wires are NOT involved, making way so the police officer and firefighters can do their jobs.

Firefighters were directed NOT to enter flooded areas and fast running water in their turn-out gear, rather they are to wear water rescue suits and use rope to tether themselves together for safety sake.

The strike teams assembled at their designated posts this morning before the brunt of the storm arrived.

They were told that their own families are their first priority, and if it is necessary they may bring their spouses, children, parents to a firehouse or the emergency shelter at High Plains Community Center.

Each firefighter was advised to bring enough extra clothing to last three days and to pack a bag with water and snack foods in case they are delayed at a call for at extended period of time.

It is not safe for a fire truck to be out in high winds over 50 MPH, so the strike teams are not going out at the height of the storm for a little bit of water in a basement or downed wires. Those calls will have to wait until the majority of the storm is over.

The teams will be dispatched to fires, a tree that’s fallen on a house that is endangering someone’s safety, a car accident with injuries, etc.

If you have a true emergency, call 203-891-2130 or 911.

Several residents and their pets have come to the Orange Emergency Shelter at High Plains Community Center. Generators provide guaranteed electricity and heat there. You may shower, charge your cell phones, laptops, batteries, etc. Cots are available and the volunteers are there to assist you. If you don’t feel safe at home, but are afraid to leave call the police department at 203-891-2130 and if it is safe, a strike team may be able to come and get you.

Oct 282012

A windswept Sapsaree checks out the first signs of Sandy in CT

Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo released the following tonight:

The arrival of high winds and heavy rain are expected by Monday afternoon. This is a slow moving storm which may last as long as 36 hours.

The Orange Emergency Operations Center will open at 8am Monday, and will coordinate emergency response for Police, Fire and Medical emergencies.

The United Illuminating Company will be on hand to respond to downed wires. The Orange Highway Department will respond, when safe, to downed trees blocking roadways. Residents are asked to call 911 in an emergency only! Loss of Power should be reported to the UI at 1-800-722-5584.

Residents are urged to shelter in-place, however the shelter at High Plains Community Center will open at 12 noon Monday. Residents should bring toiletries, medication, and bedding. Pets are welcome. Residents are urged to remain indoors, do not approach swollen waterways or attempt to cross through water of undetermined depth, as the roadway may be damaged. Residents in areas that are prone to flooding are urged to evacuate to higher ground. Emergency services may not be able to reach you in the event that water covers the roadway.

Do not attempt to drive, it is expected that trees and downed power lines will close many roads. Do not handle any downed power, telephone or cable lines. These lines may be energized and can cause electrocution, serious injury or death. Residents using Generators are reminded to ensure that they are properly connected and placed in a well ventilated area. Generators should never be used indoors or in garages. They emit Carbon Monoxide and can cause death.

Residents are asked to be patient as the storm passes; your cooperation will ensure the continuity of emergency services throughout this weather event. Residents can elect to receive these messages via email, text and cell phones by visiting ctalert.gov and following instructions to register. Follow on Twitter @orangectemd

[Photos taken at the shoreline as the winds picked up and waves began to grow around 5:30 p.m. Sunday]

Oct 272012

Members of the OEM Team discuss Hurricane Sandy

The Town of Orange continues to prepare for Hurricane Sandy.  This storm has been very difficult to predict.  Current predictions indicate the worst weather from late morning Monday into Monday night as strong, damaging winds will cause trees and power lines to come down. Strong bands of rain also are expected.

Residents are urged to follow local news outlets for storm updates.  Residents with twitter accounts can follow @orangectemd for information.  Residents in low lying flood prone areas are asked to begin preparations to evacuate, Emergency services may be unable to reach you should rising water block roadways.

Residents should expect power outages.  Information regarding outages can be found at www.uinet.com or on twitter @UnitedIllum. Residents should never handle, move or touch downed power, phone or cable lines.  These lines can be energized and cause serious injury or death.

Residents utilizing generators should ensure it is properly connected and in well ventilated area.  They should NEVER be run indoors or in garages, generators emit carbon monoxide which can lead to death.

Sand bags are available at the Orange Highway Department at 308 Lambert Rd.  Bags are free, bring your own shovel.

Homeowners are asked to clear storm drains of leaves and debris.  During the Storm, police and fire personnel will be staged throughout the town, please be patient as the response may be hampered by closed roads.

Orange Live attended the Emergency Management Meeting on Friday and posted this information yesterday, some of it in greater detail.

Oct 272012

Category 1 Storm moving NE at 11 mph away from the coast of Florida coast. Current sustained winds at 75 mph and gusts of 90 mph and pressure at 961 mb.

Meteorology Behind Sandy

I want to talk about exactly what is happening in laymen terms with the latest on Sandy.  Sandy is beginning to track NE up the Eastern Seaboard where she will come in contact with warm Gulf Stream Water, which will help to strengthen the storm.  As we know warm water is necessary for the growth and life cycle of a tropical storm.  What is important concerning Sandy is when she begins to strengthen she will then make a shift NW.  WHY YOU ASK? Well I will tell you!

The reason Sandy is making this very rare shift NW is (not to sound cliché) but it is literally a perfect setup.  To our NE there is a strong High Pressure system, which is literally blocking and helping Sandy to make the NW shift.  High Pressure rotates in a clockwise motion where sandy will rotate in a counter clockwise motion.  Not only is the High Pressure helping to shift Sandy towards the coast but also an approaching Cold Front to our West will actually “Combine” if you will with Sandy.  This Cold Front is actually called an A Front due to the weather being behind the Front instead of ahead of the front, which is normally the case.

Sandy will draw in energy from the Cold Front, which will turn Sandy into a Major CAT 1 Hurricane, with characteristics of a Nor Easter. I have heard people saying Sandy is a Nor Easter with a Hurricane in the middle.  Some of you may not know but the NE side of a Hurricane is usually the worse with winds.

Since Sandy is pushing in towards the NW this makes CT in the worst spot.  Long Island Sound will feel effects from winds that come from the East or “East Winds” which will literally just pile up water down the Sound.  Further West in the sound will have the worst effects.  Also Monday night is a full moon which naturally makes tides 7 feet higher then normal.

Where We Stand as of Saturday 2 PM or 18Z

These are the important facts and what needs to be shared.  As of right now Sandy is agreeing with what the models have been suggesting.  She is tracking NE at 11 mph away from the Florida Coast.  Maximum sustained winds at 75 mph and gusts up to 90 mph.  Pressure is 961 mb.
Now what is very important to understand is even though people may only say Sandy is only a CAT 1, a storm of this size and the Meteorology behind it especially with a pressure of 961 mb you “CAN NOT” focus on the Category and where she will make land fall.
Sandy is forecasted to grow much bigger and more powerful and people 500 miles away from the center of circulation or the “EYE” will feel tropical force winds.  The models are pretty concise about making landfall around Central NJ.  Before I get into a forecast let’s talk about storm surge.  This is a very bad situation for CT.
A storm of this size and this magnitude will pummel the coast if it plays out.  A good friend of mine Meteorologist Quincy said “During Irene last year the average storm surge was around 3.3 feet.”  When I saw this I was alarmed.  Storm Surge forecasts for Monday Night and Tuesday Morning are suggesting 6’+ throughout Eastern CT Coastline and 8’+ Towards Bridgeport and the Western CT Coastline.  NYC is 10’+.
Not only does this cause a major problem but when you add the fact of a Full moon Monday night which will naturally bring raise the water 7ft during high tide, this may cause MAJOR PROBLEMS for the coastline.

Lets Talk Forecast! AS IT STANDS FOR CT COAST!!!

Worst of the weather will be Monday Afternoon into Tuesday Morning.  As I mentioned before Sandy is over 1000 miles wide and effects will be felt for days.  I expect

Sunday winds 10-20 mph with gusts 30+ ENE.

Sunday Night winds 15-30 mph with gusts 35+ ENE.

Monday Afternoon winds will be 25-35 mph range with gusts 45+ ENE.  

Monday Night winds around 40-50 mph with Gusts of 65+ ESE.

Tuesday Morning winds 35-45 mph and gusts 50+ ESE.

Showers will start Sunday afternoon worst of the rain Monday into Monday night where we can see 4+ inches locally. 

This forecast isn’t set in stone just yet but I want people to know and be aware of what is expected right now! I do expect MAJOR Power outages mostly along coastline as well as SEVERE COASTAL FLOODING. 

***Inland CT will have rain to a much less extent and winds not nearly as close to the shore***

Now is not a time to panic but a time to prepare.

CT is under a state of emergency.  It’s time to get food, gas, water, batteries, flashlights and what ever you think you need if power was out for an extended amount of time.  If you live on the coast or if you can see water from your home, please don’t be brave, good chance parts of Connecticut will be suggested to evacuate.  One thing I can say is if you experienced flooding during Irene, Sandy is forecasted to “One Up It.”


Oct 262012

The weather map as of 11 a.m. today.

Meteorologist Kevin Arnone is updating information regarding Hurricane Sandy as it comes in. Keep checking back for the latest news by clicking on the “WEATHER” tab at the top of our page throughout the day.

Updates are in RED

Category 1 Storm moving NW at 12 mph just north of the Bahamas warm water. Current sustained winds at 80 mph and gusts of 90 mph and pressure at 968 mb.

Some Weather Model Talk:

The European Computer model or “ECMWF” which has been the most consistent over the past few days concerning Sandy hasn’t changed much from the 12z run. As of the latest run 00Z Friday now has the strong storm first making landfall south of Delaware, worst weather early Monday and throughout the afternoon.  Still a very ugly situation for CT but not the worst case.  The GFS Computer model, which has been all over the place concerning Sandy, now is beginning to shape up. Earlier in the week the GFS had Sandy way out to see but the latest 00z run brings the center of the storm around the NY/CT boarder.  Worst weather would be Tuesday into Tuesday Night. Sandy is a well-organized, big and strong CAT 1 storm right now which is forecasted consistently by both models to hold its strength up the eastern seaboard. As it moves north Sandy will grow in size. Getting caught up in the category of a hurricane is sometimes a waste of time in my eyes because there are so many other factors that go in to the actual strength of the storm other then wind. Example being size and how fast it’s moving as well as just the dynamics of the storm. For what it’s worth I also have been studying the NOGAPS Model which is the United States Navy Model.  This one is along the same lines as the ECMWF Model.  The latest 00Z Friday NAM model is beginning to agree with the GFS.

Oct 252012

With Sandy threatening to hit the East Coast on Monday, you may be one of the thousands rushing to the grocery store to stock up on milk, eggs, yogurt and other foods, but, if the storm is strong enough to wipe out electricity for a long time, how will you keep those items fresh in your refrigerator?

One Orange Live reader offered this timely advice:

Two things I did to prepare for Hurricane Irene that I recommend to everyone preparing for Sandy. Two days prior to the storm turn the temperature on your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings. I also froze five one gallon bottles of water. Left two in the freezer and put three in the refrigerator. Three days after losing power my freezer was still below 32 degrees and my refrigerator below 40 degrees.

You’ve got plenty of time to prepare for this storm. IF Sandy hits, don’t shy away, be prepared to fight, make sure you can provide for yourself and your family for at least ONE week. Don’t take anything for granted.

Better to be prepared and have nothing happen than to think nothing will happen and be at your wits end when the power goes out for a week.

Oct 252012

This model shows Sandy coming in between New York City and New Jersey.

Hurricane Storm Sandy Update: Oct. 25 @ 8pm

Category 2 Storm moving NNW over Bahamas at 17 mph over warm water. Current sustained winds at 100 mph and gusts of 125 mph and pressure at 965 mb.

Some Weather Model Talk:

The European Computer model or “ECMWF” which has been the most consistent over the past few days concerning Sandy now has the strong storm first making landfall south of NJ.  But by no means are we out of the loop.  The GFS Computer model, which has been all over the place concerning Sandy, now is beginning to shape up. Earlier in the week the GFS had Sandy way out to see but the latest 18z run brings the center of the storm south of the NYC area.

Sandy is a well-organized, big and strong CAT 2 storm right now and is expected to weaken to a CAT 1 Friday morning but still will pack a punch. Getting caught up in the category of a hurricane is sometimes a waste of time in my eyes because there are so many other factors that go in to the actual strength of the storm other then wind. Example being size and how fast it’s moving. For what it’s worth I also have been studying the NOGAPS Model which is the United States Navy Model. This one is along the same lines as the GFS Model.

The NHC as of 8pm on Thursday is forecasting the track of Sandy to make landfall between NYC and Central New Jersey, which may still lead to a very ugly situation for CT residents.

My Concern:

What am I concerned about and what should you do???

Sandy is a very strong storm and a rare one.  If these forecasts hold true, Sandy will be making landfall moving in a North Western direction. Bringing ESE winds that will raise the storm surge in Long Island significantly.  Problem with Long Island Sound is that the water has nowhere to go so it will cause coastal flooding.

Monday night is expected to be the worst of the weather. Monday night also is a full moon which will naturally cause the tides to be higher, 7 feet higher to be exact.  If this forecast stands true we could be talking major flooding which will be much worse then what we saw last year during Irene. However I do not want anyone to panic,

I just want you to be aware and to pay attention to future updates concerning Sandy as a more “Set in stone” forecast will likely evolve over the next 24-36 hours.  Also it doesn’t hurt to begin preparation for a situation where you may lose power for a few days.

I will be constantly updated my website (available by clicking on the weather tab on Orangectlive.com) as new data comes in but as always you can follow me on twitter and like me on Facebook as I have been posting up to the minute Sandy Facts.

If you have any questions feel free to email me @ [email protected]

Oct 252012

Wednesday Night’s projected path for Sandy

Orange Live’s Meteorologist Kevin Arnone is tracking Storm Sandy for us and updating his website every day (as necessary) as the storm approaches the East Coast.

Monday, Oct. 29, is the one year anniversary of a Nor’ Easter snowstorm that wiped out electricity, pulled down trees and branches weakened by Irene in August, and quite frankly, kept the UI,  police, fire and public works personnel hopping.

Kevin said, “Right now my level of concern is beginning to rise. One thing I also want to point out that Monday is a Full Moon which will cause even more tidal issues. I want people to understand the potential that does exist in a situation like this one.  I will be studying the computer models closely over the next few days and will be sure to give any needed updates concerning Hurricane Sandy.”

” I also put a tracking system so people can track the progress of Sandy,” Kevin said.

You can access Kevin’s site with the click of a button by hitting the “Weather” tab on the Orange Live website.