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Norwalk Residents Told to Prepare for Hurricanes

NORWALK, Conn. – The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to be much lighter than it has been. But the Norwalk Fire Department reminds residents Hurricane Andrew, the devastating Category 5 hurricane in 1992, also happened in a light year.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Friday is the official start of hurricane season and it is predicting a “near-normal season of about nine to 15 tropical storms.”

Only four to eight of those storms could become hurricanes and one to three of those could become hurricanes with 111 mph winds or higher, the administration said.

Residents need to plan now for possible evacuations, power outages and other challenges as the new hurricane season approaches.

"Preparedness brings peace of mind. If you have a good family communication plan and an updated emergency kit, it can reduce a lot of stress when severe weather is approaching" Fire Chief Denis McCarthy said in a statement.

Last year, the city began selling multipurpose radios, which have a backup battery operated with a hand-crank and also will charge cellphones, including smartphones, as well as including an AM/FM/ NOAA weather radio and LED flashlight.

With residents are more dependent on mobile devices, being able to charge these devices during a power outage can be helpful. Radios can be purchased at the Norwalk Public Library and the Fire Department Administrative offices at 141 East Ave.

For more information, contact 203-854-0238 or email mdeluca@norwalkct.org

The City of Norwalk has resources to help residents get prepared for emergencies, such as hurricanes on the town website , as well as the Facebook page.

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