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6:40 a.m., Nov. 8 [UPDATE]
New Canaan public schools will see a 2-hour delay Thursday morning, in the wake of the nor-easter that dumped at least one foot of snow on some parts of southwestern Connecticut.
St. Luke's School will open at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, officials say.
According to Metro-North Railroad, the New Canaan line continues to operate bus service, with buses leaving stations 15 minutes before the scheduled train time.
Updated, Nov. 7, 3:33 p.m.
The National Weather Services warns that Connecticut could be hit with winds clocking in at 25 mph and gusts up 50 mph from today’s nor’easter.
The wind advisory is in effect until 4 a.m. on Thursday, and the strength of the wind is capable of downing trees and power lines. There are scattered outages throughout the state, as some people are still without power from Tropical Storm Sandy last week.
Total snowfall could reach up to four inches away from the coast.
Some coastal municipalities, such as Greenwich and Milford, have urged residents living nearing the Long Island Sound to evacuate, as the high tide could lead to flooding.
Updated, Nov. 7, 2:19 p.m.
Just two hours into the storm and power outages are reported on the CL&P outage map. In New Canaan, six homes reported outages.
Updated, Nov. 7, 12:27 p.m.
Due to impending bad weather, there will be no afterschool activities on Wednesday a New Canaan Public Schools or St. Luke's School. St. Luke's students will be dismissed at the end of the class day at 2:50. There will be no late bus. Buses will leave at 3:00 o'clock.
For New Canaan Public school students, school will close at their regularly scheduled times and there will be no late buses.
Connecticut is rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy toppled trees, flooded homes and knocked out electricity for more than half a million customers last week.
Now, just as outages hit less than one percent about a week later, the state’s two largest utility companies say they are readying for more bad weather as a nor’easter could hit the state on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 7. While the strength is expected to be much weaker than Sandy, United Illuminating and Connecticut Light & Power are preparing for potentially severe weather—even though the utility companies are still dealing with the last bout of outages.
“We still remain on the job restoring customers still affected by Sandy,” said Mitch Gross, spokesperson for CL&P.
He said that there’s a possibility of 45-50 mph gusts of wind, rain and snow on Wednesday.
The storm is expected to bypass devastated New Jersey en route to Connecticut. Coastal areas are expected to see some of the strongest winds, and there’s a possibility of a storm surge of several feet.
“We’re well prepared for the possibility of severe weather,” he said.
United Illuminating, which serves the Bridgeport and New Haven areas, asked its crews that came in from out of state to remain just to deal with possible nor’easter damage. The crews hail from Alabama, Florida, Ohio and other states.
“We’re certainly hopeful that we don’t get any additional damage,” said Michael West Jr., spokesperson for UI.
“Unlike Hurricane Sandy, there’s nothing really unusual about this storm,” said meteorologist Geoff Fox of WTIC, according to Fox News. “This is a type of storm New England and the Northeast get often."
He added, “It just seems unfair it’s coming now!”