Fairfield braces for heavy storm, potential coastal surge

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FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Police Department and the Town of Fairfield Emergency Management Team are on high alert as an impending overnight storm threatens to bring substantial rainfall and strong winds to the area.

Local authorities are urging residents to take immediate precautions in anticipation of the severe weather expected to hit tonight.

The storm is forecasted to unleash more than 2 inches of rain and deliver wind gusts that could top 40 mph.

Officials caution that the combination of heavy rains and high winds may lead to scattered power outages across the town.

Residents are advised to secure any loose outdoor items, including furniture and umbrellas, to prevent them from becoming hazardous projectiles.

A significant concern is the predicted Coastal Storm Surge, which is likely to render roads in low-lying coastal neighborhoods impassable around the times of high tide.

High tides are expected at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday.

Coastal dwellers are strongly advised to move their vehicles to higher ground to avoid the anticipated flooding.

To stay informed about power outages and restoration times specific to their home addresses, residents are encouraged to sign up for notifications at uinet.com, the website of United Illuminating.

In case of an emergency, the public should dial 911.

For non-emergency police assistance, residents can contact the Fairfield Police Department at 203-254-4800.

Additional information on emergency preparedness can be found on the town’s official website and social media channels.

The Emergency Management Team will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates as necessary.

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