<888> 10/30/12 Tuesday 7:40 P.M. CL&P Outage Map 20,897 customers in Greenwich, Connecticut without power. CIO
<888> 10/30/12 Tuesday 7:20 P.M. Town of Greenwich Hurricane Sandy Update Tuesday 10-30-12 Noon:
Good morning. This is the daytime information update concerning Hurricane Sandy for Tuesday, October 30th.
Currently, just over 80% of Greenwich customers are without electric power. There is no definitive timetable for restoration. Many streets are completely or partially blocked with downed trees and wires. Municipal Tree and Public Works crews are working to clear roadways as quickly as possible. For obvious reasons they are concentrating initial efforts in the area of public safety facilities and the Greenwich Hospital.
The storm has significantly damaged the Verizon wireline telephone service infrastructure on a regional level. Many telephone lines remain out of service including many to municipal buildings and facilities. Redundant systems have helped 911 service to the Town’s Public Safety Dispatch center to be fully operational throughout the event and 911 service has not been effected. In an emergency, dial 911 for help.
While the weather may appear to be clearing, we continue to urge all residents to remain indoors. There are many power lines still down and many trees and branches that have been compromised by wind but have not yet fallen. Until main thoroughfares are cleared, travel by vehicle remains both difficult and dangerous. If you are outdoors, never approach downed wires. Avoid puddles or standing water – especially those near downed wires.
Amtrak trains, Metro North railroad and Connecticut Transit Bus Service all remain suspended until further notice. Connecticut Limited Access highways remain closed to all non-emergency traffic by order of Governor Malloy. The Town of Greenwich Emergency Operations Center remains open and will continue to be staffed on an indefinite basis. We intend to transition from rescue operations to recovery operations within the next several hours.
While some areas of Greenwich did suffer devastating property damage overnight, no fatalities or life-threatening bodily injuries are known to have occurred inside the Town’s limits. Greenwich’s First Responders would like to extend our thanks to the many members of our community who heeded evacuation orders and have been cooperating with public safety officials throughout this ordeal. Your continued assistance and understanding is appreciated. In the coming days, as all of our collective patience runs thin, please remember that things will improve and everyone is working to restore normalcy as quickly as is possible.
An evening update announcement will be made via this system later today. Until then please stay safe and remain indoors.
Capt, Mark Kordick
Commander - Operations Division
Greenwich Police Department
End of Message: CIO
<888> 10/30/12 Tuesday 7:20 P.M. Town of Greenwich Hurricane Sandy Warning, Monday 10-29-12 at 9 P.M..
The Governor’s office has advised our Emergency Operations Center that the western Connecticut shoreline will experience a wind-blown storm surge predicted to be seventeen and a half feet above average. Five to seven foot waves in Long Island Sound will add additional height to the water. Greenwich and Stamford are expected to be the worst hit areas in the state. The Governor has mobilized the National Guard at our request and they are en route to our area but are unlikely to arrive prior to the midnight high tide. This is a life threatening emergency.
If you failed to heed evacuation notices and are in any of the mandatory evacuation areas, you will experience flooding conditions in the coming hours. The voluntary evacuation zone will experience flooding as well.
If you are in any of these evacuation areas or other low-lying places, do not panic however it is critical that you evacuate immediately. Again, flooding conditions will be life threatening. If you cannot evacuate, relocate to the highest level of the building you are in immediately. Bring your pets and your cell phone. Leave or move to higher ground now. Do not assume that you will be able to make it higher ground once the event is upon us.
The storm is crossing the coastline into New Jersey. Our area has been inundated with extraordinarily high winds which are predicted to continue to increasing and decreasing degrees overnight. There are many trees and live wires down. There are several fires burning throughout town and we have experienced at least one wind-related partial building collapse. Most major roadways are partially or completely closed. Unless you are evacuating from rising water, it is unsafe to be outdoors. Every Greenwich resident who is not in a low-lying area should seek shelter and remain indoors until the storm has fully passed. Currently, over 50 percent of the Town is without power and there is no immediate timetable for restoration.
Additional notices will be forthcoming throughout the night. Once again, if you are in a coastal area, evacuation zone or other low-lying area prone to coastal flooding, leave immediately. If you cannot leave immediately, move to the highest level of the building you are in and remain there. Good luck and stay safe.
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<888> 10/30/12 Tuesday 7:05 P.M. I ate a 19 ounce Stauffer's lasagna with meat sauce and grated parmesan and Romano cheese and a 12 ounce glass of Schweppes Ginger Ale. I made my bed. I will now shower and clean up. CIO
<888> 10/30/12 Tuesday 6:15 P.M. I woke up at 9 P.M. last night, when the Town of Greenwich Emergency System called up to say there was going to be a 17.5 foot storm surge along the shoreline in Greenwich and Stamford at midnight. They said the Connecticut National Guard was on the way, but they would not be here in time for the storm surge. I chatted with a relative. I woke up at 2 A.M. this morning, and the power was off. I finally woke up at 5 A.M.. I checked downstairs, and I chatted with two neighbors. I walked around the building outside. There were a lot of roof shingles off the building. I set up my laptop in the Community Room which had generator power, but there was no internet or cable TV service. I brought down my Eton portable radio, and I listened to ABC Eyewitness News reports from Manhattan until about 9 A.M.. Other neighbors were awake using the power in the community room kitchen to make coffee. I slept until noon. I went downstairs again. I used extension cords, and I set up power from the hallway plugs that were on generator power to power a light in my apartment and keep the cell phone charged and run the portable radio. I chatted with two relatives. My Optimum Online telephone was not working, but Verizon was working. I was able to get online with my laptop dialing up a local number with Juno dialup, but it was really too slow to use. I checked outside around 3 P.M., and I chatted with neighbors. The hallway plugs became overwhelmed because people were hooking up refrigerators, televisions, and microwaves which the generator could not handle, so the circuit breaker switch off the power to the hallway plugs. The building custodian checked the apartments to get people to turn off the heavy load items. About the time he was going to turn back on the hallway plugs circuit breaker, the power came on at 4:45 P.M.. I chatted with two relatives. I chatted with my friend at East Fairfield Beach, and he survived the hurricane without flooding, but he was without power. I put the apartment back to the way it was before the hurricane. I ate a bag of 60% reduced fat Chex Mix this morning, and I had a cup of coffee with Splenda sweetener this afternoon and a English muffin and vitamins and supplements. I chatted with a relative. I watched some of www.news12.com Connecticut. They said Round Hill Road in Greenwich from the Merritt Parkway to Lake Avenue was closed. My Audi is all right.
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<888> 10/30/12 Tuesday 5:45 P.M. The power came back on my building at 4:45 P.M.. CIO
<888> 10/29/12 Monday 7:10 P.M. I ate the rest of the linguine and alfredo sauce and imitation Alaska crab mixture with a 12 ounce glass of Schweppes Ginger ale.
I will now shut down the primary work computer, and I will go to bed soon. Have a safe night. CIO
<888> 10/29/12 Monday 6:25 P.M. I went out, and I checked around the inside of the building. I chatted with a neighbor. I watched a little bit of www.foxnews.com . The lights blink again around 6:10 P.M.. It is quite bad outside. CIO
<888> 10/29/12 Monday 5:40 P.M. The power just blinked five minutes ago, but we still have electricity for now. There is a generator that provides power to the community room and hallways. One should not use elevators if possible. CIO
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<888> 10/29/12 Monday 4:15 P.M. Town of Greenwich Hurricane Sandy Email Update Monday October 29, 2012
This is the daytime update of conditions related to Hurricane Sandy for Monday, October 29, 2012.
Having turned to the west, the center of the storm itself remains about 200 miles from the coast of New Jersey and is continuing on its predicted north-northwesterly track. Winds have accelerated in our area and wind speeds will continue to increase over the next several hours. Several large trees and branches have already come down in town which have resulted in some temporary localized road closures. The high tide which occurred prior to noon this morning was several feet over normal and has already resulted in localized flooding and temporary road closures in low-lying areas. No large area power outages have been reported yet in Town, however they are likely to occur.
Effective at 1:00 pm today, Governor Malloy ordered all limited-access roadways – highways with entrance and exit ramps – closed to non-emergency traffic until further notice. Metro North Commuter railroad service remains suspended.
Residents who are not indoors should seek shelter now. The only exception is for residents in mandatory evacuation zones who did not evacuate. If you are still in a mandatory evacuation zone, you should leave immediately. The Town has two emergency shelters open – one at the Eastern Middle School and the other at the Western Greenwich Civic Center in Glenville.
If you cannot leave immediately and are in a mandatory evacuation zone or other low-lying area that may flood, you should have a plan to shelter-in-place. Move all people, pets, an emergency supply of food and clean water, medicines and other necessities to the highest floor of your home. Bring a charged cell phone and charger.
Once again, outdoor conditions are becoming increasing hazardous and are expected to degrade over the next several hours. Get indoors now and stay there.
The next critical period will include the run up to darkness through the period of high tide tonight at midnight. The Town of Greenwich Emergency Operations Center is open and fully staffed. The Town’s emergency responders, public works staff and area utility crews are standing by and ready to respond to emergencies. That said, please do not rely solely on us to keep you safe. The best way to ensure you and your family’s well-being is to remain aware of your surroundings and circumstances and be proactively responsible for your own safety.
We will provide an updated message via this notification system again this evening. Please exercise extreme caution through the coming afternoon and evening.
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<888> 10/29/12 Monday 4:10 P.M. I watched www.news12.com Connecticut. They interviewed First Selectman Peter Tesei on Greenwich Avenue, so he is braving the storm to see what is going on. Personally, I normally do not go out in the rain very much anymore, since I have arthritis. CIO
<888> 10/29/12 Monday 3:35 P.M. October « 2012 « CIMSS Satellite Blog with Hurricane Sandy satellite photos. CIO
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<888> 10/29/12 Monday 3:25 P.M. I got up at 2:30 P.M.. I received via telephone today's emergency Town of Greenwich message, but not by email yet. I chatted with a relative.
Town of Greenwich Emergency Notification from Sunday October 28, 2012
Hurricane Sandy continues to move northward and is currently off the North Carolina coast. The storm is anticipated to turn to the north-northwest shortly after midnight tonight. The latest computer models show it coming ashore along the southern New Jersey coast early Tuesday. As the storm is hundreds of miles wide, strong local effects are anticipated to be felt in Greenwich by tomorrow afternoon well in advance of the actual landfall. Conditions after the early afternoon hours tomorrow, especially after dark on Monday night, will be particularly treacherous with high winds making travel dangerous.
Beside winds, the most devastating effects of this storm will include a massive storm surge of tidal water. The latest predictions show storm surges along the western Long Island shoreline, to include all of Greenwich, of at least five to more than eleven feet above normal. If these predictions hold true, there will be significant flooding in coastal areas and along rivers and waterways connected to Long Island Sound.
Earlier today, Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei, acting on the advice of the Governor’s Office, issued an immediate and mandatory evacuation order for large portions of coastal Greenwich. Homes and businesses in the evacuation zone were notified by targeted, automated telephone calls and the distribution of paper evacuation order flyers. If you remain unsure if you live in a mandatory evacuation zone, complete information, including maps and street lists can be found on the Town of Greenwich website at www.greenwichct.org. If you evacuate, bring clothing, medicine and personal hygiene products for a stay of at least three (3) days.
The Town of Greenwich Emergency Operations Center is open and will remain so throughout the emergency. The Town has opened two emergency evacuation shelters – one at the Eastern Middle School and the other at the Western Greenwich Civic Center. All Greenwich schools will be closed, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Non-essential Town of Greenwich offices and all Greenwich Libraries will be closed on Monday. Metro North railroad service has already been suspended and will remain so until further notice.
All residents should be prepared for power outages lasting for several days at least. This storm will be a long duration event and will take more than one full day to move across our area.
For their own safety, residents should avoid non-essential travel after noon on Monday. If you must be out in the storm, avoid downed wires and never enter or cross moving or rising water. Make sure you keep a charged cell phone on hand.
We intend to deliver twice-daily announcements (morning and evening) via this notification system which will continue throughout the emergency. More frequent announcements will be issued as warranted. The next scheduled notice will be issued late Monday morning. Thank you for your attention and remember to be especially careful throughout this dangerous storm.
End of Message: CIO
<888> 10/29/12 Monday 1:35 P.M. I went downstairs. The building custodian is in the building. I chatted with neighbors. I picked up the mail. I will now take a nap for as long as I can sleep. Remember to be prepared for power outages. CIO
<888> 10/29/12 Monday 1:15 P.M. The worst of hurricane Sandy here in Greenwich, Connecticut is supposed to be from 3 P.M. to 3 A.M. with the maximum flooding at midnight tonight during high tide.
I ate half of the remaining linguine and alfredo sauce and imitation Alaska crab mixture with a 12 ounce glass of www.coke.com . CIO
<888> 10/29/12 Monday 12:50 P.M. I chatted with a friend on the waterfront in East Fairfield Beach again, and he is not leaving, but he has a friend from Argentina staying with him to help him out. I chatted with a local walker. CIO
<888> 10/29/12 Monday 12:40 P.M. No trucks allowed in state After 11 a.m. complete road closures at 1 p.m. - Hurricane Sandy - Connecticut News
Officials fear 'unprecedented' damage as Hurricane Sandy nears state - GreenwichTime CIO
<888> 10/29/12 Monday 12:15 P.M. More than likely The Delamar Hotels at Greenwich Harbor and Southport, CT - Choose Your Hotel on the waterfront in Greenwich will flood, but there is parking on higher ground at the Bruce Museum nearby and the adjacent office building parking lot. CIO
<888> 10/29/12 Monday 12:10 P.M. I chatted with a friend out on Melville, Long Island, and he is staying home.
Once again make sure your cell phones are charged up. It one goes to bed tonight before the height of the hurricane, one should keep a flash light by your bed in case you wake up in the dark. I might take a long nap this afternoon and try to be awake for a while tonight. CIO
<888> 10/29/12 Monday 11:55 A.M. 14 rescued, 2 missing from tall ship off NC - GreenwichTime CIO
!!!!!!vNote: <888> 10/29/12 Monday 11:50 A.M. Officials fear 'unprecedented' damage as Hurricane Sandy nears state - GreenwichTime says there might be 90 mile per hour winds.
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Note: <888> 10/29/12 Monday 11:40 A.M. I chatted with a relative. I went downstairs, and I chatted with neighbors. The building custodian is not here today, and obviously the ceiling people are not either. I chatted with my friend who lives on the waterfront in East Fairfield Beach, and he intends to stay despite the fact his apartment is only 10 feet above the ground, and they are expecting a 6 to 12 foot tidal surge with waves on top of that. I checked with the Danbury Hotels | Hilton Garden Inn Danbury | Danbury, CT at 1-203-205-2000, and they still have room available there for tonight. It is close to I-84 if you need to make a run up there before the hurricane. CIO
Note: <888> 10/29/12 Monday 10:15 A.M. I made 99 Premier Lights 100 MM filter Peter Stokkebye Turkish pipe tobacco cigarettes while watching The Weather Channel. The various financial exchanges are closed today, so the rich people are probably still moving around in this area. I saw on the weather channel, the only flight to leave the New York City airports this morning was a Virgin Atlantic flight to London, England; so possibly the British in this area have flown the coop. CIO
Note: <888> 10/29/12 Monday 8:50 A.M. State, stations watch for gas supply dip - GreenwichTime
Town-by-town shelter information - GreenwichTime
NYC schools, transit closing ahead of storm - GreenwichTime
Updating the storm surge threat to New York and Connecticut - Hurricane Sandy - Connecticut News
Red Cross: Preparation tips, evacuating - Connecticut Postings - Connecticut Post newsroom blog - Connecticut News
Coastal Greenwich residents urged to evacuate Sunday - GreenwichTime
Welcome to the official Town of Greenwich Connecticut Web site - Town of Greenwich, Connecticut
New York City Evacuation Zone Map http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/downloads/pdf/zoneA_evac_centers_102612.pdf .
I will now make cigarettes. CIO
Note: <888> 10/29/12 Monday 8:30 A.M. I threw out the garbage. I checked out the Community Room which has generator power if the power goes off. I noticed people have parked boats and cars in the ice skating rink parking lot behind our building at 71 Vinci Drive. It is on high ground. There might be covered parking below the new CVS on West Putnam Avenue. The wind is just beginning to pick up, and there were a few drops of rain. I can not hear much traffic on nearby Interstate 95. There are evacuation facilities at Eastern Middle School in Riverside and the Western Community Center in Glenville. CIO
Note: <888> 10/29/12 Monday 7:45 A.M. The conventional wisdom in Greenwich, Connecticut is that when the nearby stone pier on Steamboat Road is flooded, New York City is flooded.
Tracking here Hurricane SANDY Tracking shows the hurricane going further west and missing Connecticut, Long Island and New York City, but that is not what the local weather information says.
This NRL Satellite Page shows Hurricane Sandy is large enough to cover and threaten this area. CIO
Note: <888> 10/29/12 Monday 7:35 A.M. I chatted with a relative. The area around the Byram River around www.costco.com in nearby Port Chester, New York could flood. CIO