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Hurricane Sandy East Haven: 'Please Get Out of Harm's Way' [VIDEO]

East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr is urging residents who live in low-lying and flood prone areas to evacuate and take shelter elsewhere as the historic storm bears down on the shoreline.

Hurricane Sandy is already making its impact felt here in East Haven, and all along the eastern seaboard Sunday afternoon, with mandatory evacuations ordered for much of the town's low-lying and flood prone areas.

And East Haven town officials are warning residents the storm's impact along the shoreline could be of historically devastating proportions.

"This storm surge is going to be worse than the Hurricane of 1938," East Haven Fire Chief Douglas Jackson told East Haven Patch this afternoon at the town beach.

Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Licata said the latest reports have the storm surge Sunday night's high tide at 9 feet.

"That's a foot above what Irene was," Licata said.

By Monday afternoon's high tide the water is expected to surge up to 10.5 feet or more. And Monday nigh's high tide is forecast to be more than 16 feet, Licata said.

"And from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. tomorrow, the there will be sustained winds from 60 to 80 miles per hour," he said.

The emergency shelter at East Haven High School is open and operational. And residents who are required to evacuate under the mandatory order, or who voluntarily evacuate as a precaution, can find shelter there. Pets, in carriers, are also welcome.

East Haven Patch will continue to provide updates before, during and after the storm. To share information or photos, email editor Julie Weisberg at julie.weisberg@patch.com, or call or text 203-321-7570.

Julie Weisberg (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 10:07 PM
This also today from the Mayor's Office: TRASH PICKUP SUSPENDED East Haven trash pick up is being suspended Monday and Tuesday until at least Wednesday. No trash should be left at the curb for public safety reasons.
Dave Hausler October 28, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Here's what tomorrow's mid-day high tide could look like: http://flood.firetree.net/?ll=41.2634,-72.8745&z=3&m=3 It's just a simulation, not a weather prediction. But I think it's telling.
Dave Hausler October 28, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Here's the more troubling Monday night surge (again, just a simulation): http://flood.firetree.net/?ll=41.2599,-72.8740&z=3&m=5 Please don't wait until the last minute to get out of Dodge.
FCF October 28, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Dave, what would 16 feet look like?
Julie Weisberg (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Dave: Thank you for sharing these!! I appreciate it. I'm trying to get a copy of the actual "slosh" maps the fire dept uses to plan for hurricane evacs so I can post it. But this is just as helpful — and troubling.
Dave Hausler October 29, 2012 at 01:06 AM
The 16 foot (almost 5 meters) scenario is in the second link I posted in the comment below. I'll reiterate this is NOT a current forecast, just a website that uses satellite mapping and Google map technology to show the effect of rising sea levels. It's meant to be used to demonstrate the effects of global warming, but overall the data and the approach make sense. The author of the site notes there are some inaccuracies in the method that make the maps look better than reality, and that is also very troubling. Of course, the map does not know that, for example, the airport has improved drainage, so it shows the whole airport as flooded, but this is less likely to occur. The surrounding neighborhood, however...might not be so lucky.
Dave Hausler October 29, 2012 at 01:07 AM
You can change the sea level change in meters by using the drop-down list in the upper-left hand corner. 1m = 3ft, roughly.
erika October 29, 2012 at 10:28 AM
If there is a family with children currently in the shelter, I am volunteering to open my home for share so we can all be a little less uncomfortable. Please call the shelter or the EHFD and ask for my contact details. (Erika)
FCF October 29, 2012 at 07:27 PM
MAYOR MATURO HAS ANNOUNCED A 7 PM CURFEW THAT WILL BE IN EFFECT TONIGHT 10/29 IN THE EVACUATED AREAS OF EAST HAVEN !
FCF October 29, 2012 at 07:41 PM
REVISION OF CURFEW: MAYOR MATURO HAS ANNOUNCED A 7 PM CURFEW THAT WILL BE EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE IN THE EVACUATED AREAS OF EAST HAVEN !

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