HEADLINES

Residents are encouraged to prepare for a significant storm

All eyes have been focused on a storm system named Joaquin which strengthened into a major hurricane last night just east of the Bahamas.

According to Weather Underground, the storm track continues to strengthen Joaquin into a Category 4 storm before it moves north. While uncertainty with the track remains, it could approach the Outer Banks of North Carolina late this weekend.

Local meteorologists are carefully monitoring weather conditions resulting from Hurricane Joaquin . How will the storm impact our area? “We should have a much better idea by Friday morning,” says Dick Aarons, Deputy Emergency Manager for the Town of Ridgefield.

In the meantime, Aarons encourages residents to prepare for a significant rain/wind event. "Be sure to have water, food, prescriptions,  a radio, fuel for the generator, batteries etc," he says.

Governor Malloy, in a recent press release, said that his office and state emergency management officials are "closely monitoring the activity of Hurricane Joaquin, which is currently in the Atlantic Ocean, and is advising Connecticut residents to closely follow weather reports and prepare for the possibility of its arrival in the region over the next five days."

The National Weather Service, located in Upton, NY will be providing another update on Joaquin at 4pm today. Stay tuned.

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