High Winds: State Opens Emergency Operations Center

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Updated on Friday at 2 p.m.

The wind advisory for East Haven and much of the rest of the state continues through to midnight tonight, as temperatures have already plunged some 15 degrees over the past couple of hours.

In response, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's office said it will partially activate the state’s Emergency Operations Center at noon. It will be staffed by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Department of Transportation, Military Department, State Fire Coordination and the state’s utilities.

“After talking with my emergency management officials and assessing the situation, we will be partially activating the EOC at noon today,” Malloy said. “This will allow us to quickly respond to and coordinate any problems that may arise as a result of today’s high winds.”

According to a news release from the governor's office, "Southwest winds are forecast to remain strong through the afternoon and into this evening with gusts to 50 mph at times.  A few higher gusts to 55–60 mph may occur in the higher elevations and along the coast."

As of 2 p.m. this afternoon, United Illuminating has no reported power outages in

Original Story (Friday at 4 a.m.)

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for as well as much of the Tri-State Region.

The advisory will be in effect from 6 a.m. this morning until midnight tonight.

Wind gusts are expected to reach up to 50 miles per hour later this morning, with sustained winds and wind gusts lasting throughout the day.

"These winds will be capable of downing tree limbs and branches, causing isolated power outage," the meteorologists reported.

They added that winds this strong can also make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. And so, drivers are asked to use extra caution out on local roadways throughout the day today.


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