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Greater Danbury braces for possible impact from Tropical Storm

Heavy rain and strong winds are probable for the Greater Danbury area late tonight and tomorrow as a Tropical Storm passes through early Wednesday. 

Ridgefield could expect 45 to 50 miles per hour steady winds with gusts between 50 and 60.  Emergency Manager Dick Aarons says historically, Connecticut sees greater tree and wire damage when winds come from the south rather than the north and northwest as is the case with nor’easters and offshore tropical storms. 

Aarons advises businesses and residents to remove or stabilize tents and secure outdoor furniture and unanchored equipment that could become dangerous missiles in strong winds.  He says Eversource has already warned that its restoration times may be slower than usual because of pandemic precautions.  

New Fairfield officials are also monitoring the track and forecast.  Residents are urged to make sure to have enough non-perishable food, drinking water and prescription medicines to last through an extended power outage-- in addition to supplies such as flashlights and batteries.

Although the scenario is unlikely at this point, New Fairfield officials are advising that the Town's sheltering capability will be limited due to the ongoing pandemic.

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