NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk residents with holiday yard decorations were urged to take them down or secure them in preparation for the winter storm expected to hit the area Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
Strong, sustained winds of more than 20 mph are forecast for the area, with gusts reaching 60 mph, according to Michele DeLuca, the city’s deputy director of emergency management.
“Many homes have holiday decorations, including large inflatable items, wooden reindeer and a lot of lights,” DeLuca said in a statement. “Residents should take time to remove or secure these items before the heavy winds.”
The storm could also cause power outages and coastal flooding. A high wind warning is in effect from 4 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. A coastal flood warning is in effect from 8 p.m. to midnight Wednesday, the weather service said. Rain, snow and sleet are also in the forecast for late Wednesday and early Thursday.
Residents should also follow the following three tips to prepare for all emergencies, DeLuca said:
• Build a kit: Create an emergency supply kit that includes items such as nonperishable food, water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights and batteries.
• Make a plan: Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency. Make sure all contact numbers for home, work and school are updated.
• Be informed: Continually monitor the local media for updates. Be aware of weather forecasts and the impact it may have on your home, family and plans.