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CTALERT: A Message from Governor Lamont

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Mar 222020
 

Today the Governor sent this message to Connecticut residents regarding his Stay Safe, Stay Home initiative.

This is Governor Ned Lamont. I’m calling to urge you personally to stay safe, stay home.

I’m not ordering you to stay home, I’m strongly urging you to stay home to make sure that you and your neighbors are much less likely to be infected by the highly contagious COVID-19 virus.

If you must head out to the grocery store, or pharmacy, pick up takeout from your favorite restaurant, that’s fine. I’ll be taking a long walk with Annie to get some fresh air, but remember to keep your distance from passers-by.

70 years or older? Stay home.

And for those of you who can work from home, that’s best but check with your boss, first.

For the latest updates, follow me on Twitter or Facebook.

We will get through this crisis by working together

Stay Safe, Stay at Home, Requires More Closures

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Mar 202020
 

(photo from live science.com)

The governor is signing an executive order that will take effect at 8 p.m. on Monday, March 23, called “Stay Safe, Stay at Home” that will require all non-essential businesses to close.

Exemptions include:

  • Grocery stores
  • Take out and delivery food service
  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Major construction projects already underway
  • Major defense manufacturing facilities
  • Public transportation
  • Childcare services
  • Auto repair stores
  • Hardware stores
  • Package stores
  • Banks/Financial institutions

If you MUST get something from Best Buy, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target and other such stores make sure you get there before Monday at 8 p.m. “Those retail stores that are non-essential, do not open,” said Gov. Ned Lamont. “Businesses that don’t comply could face civil fines.”

All non-essential businesses will need to have employees work from home, the governor said.

 

Residents will still be allowed to leave their home for critical services.

“All of the direct and indirect services that are critical to helping battle COVID-19 and keeping our economy moving as much as possible” will be exempt, said Josh Geballe, the state’s chief’s operating officer.

 

On Thursday, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons and tattoo parlors were ordered to close due to the coronavirus.

A serious situation

As of today, Friday, March 20, there were 194 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Connecticut and four people have died from it.  

Here is how the cases break down by county:

All four of the patients who died were in Fairfield County.

Blizzard Warning: What to Expect

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Jan 252015
 

blizzard+snow+plowFrom the NOAA:

A Blizzard Warning remains in effect from 1 p.m. Monday to Midnight Tuesday night.

Expect heavy, blowing snow with blizzard conditions, snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour with a total accumulation of 20-30 inches, late Monday night into Tuesday morning. Visibility of 1/4 mile or less at times.

Northerly winds of 30-40 mph with gusts of 55-65 mph. Temperatures in the lower 20s.

Light snowfall will begin Monday morning with accumulations of 1 to 3 inches possibly by the evening rush. Snow will pick up in intensity Monday evening with the heaviest snow and strongest winds from about midnight Monday into Tuesday afternoon.

Life threatening conditions and extremely dangerous travel due to heavy snowfall and strong winds with whiteout conditions. Secondary and tertiary roads may become impassable.

Strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs. Snow drifts could be 4-6 feet.

Do not travel. If you MUST travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. All unnecessary travel is discouraged beginning Monday afternoon to allow people already on the road to safely reach their destinations before the heaviest snow begins and to allow snow removal equipment to clear roads.

 

From The Road: Proceed With Caution

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Nov 262014
 

black-iceIf you MUST go out today, please proceed with caution.

The roads are getting increasingly slippery.

In Milford, you may find yourself sliding around corners if you’re traveling even 2 mph over the speed limit. The road conditions seem to improve as you cross into Orange, but it’s still slippery. Be sure to keep a safe distance between yourself and other cars at lights and intersections and as you are driving down inclines of any size.

Over in West Haven the roads are much like Milford with scary sliding and near collisions wherever you look.

As you travel further north the snow is actually accumulating, Hamden, Bristol, etc.

You know what this means. Wear your seat belts, as the police are looking for violations and face it, not everyone is as good at driving in the snow or on slippery roads as you are. Watch out for the other guy and be careful. Stay home if you can and bake a pie or two for Thanksgiving.

Are You Prepared? Dangerous Travel Conditions and Frigid Temperatures Expected With Winter Storm

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Jan 012014
 

Please Be Careful Out There

Please Be Careful Out There

A winter storm warning is in effect for our area from 4 a.m. tomorrow until 1 p.m. on Friday.

Expect heavy snow severe winter weather conditions with a significant amount of snow that will make travel dangerous.

Everyone is warned to only travel in an emergency, and if you must drive, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your car in case of an emergency.

Details:

This will be a coastal storm with strong winds and dangerously cold wind chills Thursday evening through Friday afternoon. Expect wind gusts up to 35 mph.

Be prepared for 1 to 2 inches of snow per hour through the Thursday morning rush hour followed by a lull.

The most significant period of snow will redevelop by Thursday evening and continue into Friday morning.

Wind chills will be around 15 below to 5 below from late Thursday night into Friday.

Blowing and drifting snow will make travel extremely dangerous, visibility could be 1/4 to 1/2 mile at times.

Please be careful out there.