Weston police urge residents to take precautions in hybrid storm

Weston PoliceWeston police say the town is ready for Hurricane Sandy which is expected to hit the northeast sometime tonight and remain at full strength for a period of 36 to 48 hours.

In a press release issued this afternoon, Weston Police Sergeant Michael Ferullo explained that Sandy is a hybrid storm and therefore will not act like a normal hurricane. “Tropical storm force winds will start late tonight and will intensify to hurricane strength winds tomorrow evening.  While only three to six inches of rain are anticipated over the course of the storm, the winds, coupled with high tides and a full moon create the serious potential for flooding along the rivers in town,” Sgt. Ferullo said.

He explained the town’s storm preparations:

— A shelter/comfort station wil be opened if necessary.  Should the shelter/comfort station be opened, the location will be at the Weston High School, not at the Middle School.

— State officials have notified the town that in the event food and water are needed, they will not begin being distributed until Wednesday , Oct. 31.

—  At this time the Weston School District is closed Monday through Wednesday.

— Weston Town Hall will be open Monday with the possibility of an early closure and will be closed Tuesday.

— Weston Public Library will be closing Monday at noon and will be closed Tuesday.

— The Weston Senior Center will be closed Monday through Wednesday.

He urged residents to take precautions for this storm and understand that while emergency services (Police, Fire, and EMS) are fully staffed and operational, they may not be able to respond to other than life threatening situations during the storm.

Town officials have been, and will continue to be in constant communication with each other through emergency meetings and emails and  will continue to update residents as they receive information through the town’s website.

The Weston Forum will report on road closures and emergency situations throughout the storm as information is made available.

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