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Rains, Winds Roll Through

Don't drive through puddles, stay home if it's raining hard and go to the city's website to sign up for cell phone alerts. That's the advice from Mayor Richard Moccia, Fire Chief Denis McCarthy and Police Chief Harry Rilling as the remains of Tropical Storm Nicole approaches this evening.

Moccia made these suggestions at a news conference on Thursday afternoon, saying city officials and others had learned from the last big storm in March and have made a few improvements.

Crews from city's Department of Public Works and Connecticut Light & Power are working together in Norwalk. "You get more immediate response that way, " Moccia said.

Two sets of crews are available. City officials plan to meet at 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and midnight to assess the situation. They are expecting the strongest wind gusts to occur from 6 to 9 p.m. Four inches of rain are projected, including the inch-and-a-half that had already fallen when the 3 p.m. news conference began. As of 5 p.m., 2 inches of rain had fallen, according to the city's online rain gauge .

The officials expect to have improved notification systems with this storm. "Expect a Code Red alert," Moccia said.

McCarthy agreed.

"Part of the recommendation for using Code Red this afternoon is to encourage residents to go onto the website, add their cell phone numbers to the notification system," he said. "So if wires come down and they lose telephone, we can get them emergency information through their cell phone. It's good backup for them."

Residents can go to the city's website to sign up.

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