UPDATE: 7:07 a.m.
At least 21,408 homes without power in Danbury
UPDATE 7:33 p.m.
13,200 homes without power. Trees are down, streets are wet, the wind is blowing.
By 8:17 p.m., the figure above had increased to 15,268. The wind is now extremely dangerous.
UPDATE: 5:52 p.m.
More than 2,200 people are now without power in Danbury.
UPDATE: 4:13 p.m.
More than 900 homes without power in Danbury, as of 4:04 p.m. Heading to busy neighborhood.
UPDATE: 4 p.m.
About 482 people without power in Danbury. No particular neighborhood yet, but this is the highest number of outages so far Monday.
UPDATE: 3:24 p.m.
About 398 people are without power in Danbury now. "We're in the storm now," said Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton. He said there is no one neighborhood that was particularly hard it. He said the outages are being reported all over the city.
St. James Episcopal Church on West Street is opening a hospitality center from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and again Tuesday, if necessary, to help protect people from the weather.
UPDATE: 3:03 p.m.
Danbury City Hall will probably open for its normal hours Tuesday, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said at about 3 p.m. Monday.
UPDATE: 2:50 p.m.
Fewer than 350 people without power in Danbury. That is .98 percent (just under 1 percent.) This update is as of 2:48 p.m., the last CL&P update, which are done every 15 minutes.
UPDATE 12:53 p.m.
Hoping you might be able to answer.
Since this is the last day to register to vote, and since the town hall is closed, do you think they will extend the deadline?
Please let us know.
We have a first time voter in our house that would really like to vote in this presidential election.
Jeanne E. Rogers
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said at 12:53 p.m. voter registration deadline for the Presidential Election on Nov. 6 has been extended in Connecticut to Thursday. The previous deadline to register in person had been Tuesday, but since so many city and town halls will be closed tomorrow, Connecticut extended the deadline to Thursday.
UPDATE: 12:36 p.m.
Western Connecticut Healthcare, parent company of Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital issued the following statement.
As a result of Hurricane Sandy, Western Connecticut Health Network is cancelling all outpatient services throughout the region beginning today at 12noon and through end of day on Tuesday, October, 30, 2012. This includes all outpatient laboratory service centers and blood drawing stations, imaging and other outpatient testing, physician appointments at the Danbury Hospital Medical Arts Center and with all of the Western Connecticut Medical Group offices.
Patients with appointments on Wednesday and later this week are encouraged to call to reconfirm their appointments before leaving home.
Both Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital are fully operational. Hospital clinical staff are being asked to report to work as directed by their supervisors.
We’d like to reassure you that Western Connecticut Health Network, Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital are carefully watching the storm track and are ready with contingency plans should we experience severe weather.
UPDATE: 9:51 a.m. Gov. Dannel Malloy is closing the state's highways over the next several hours. Here is his press release on highway closures.
"Governor Dannel P. Malloy today ordered road closures for all state highways. The closures will be implemented in two phases. At 11:00 A.M., trucks will be prohibited from operating on limited access highways. At 1:00 P.M., state highways will be closed to all non-emergency related vehicles.
“Residents need to take this storm very seriously. Beginning in the next several hours, wind gusts will begin to exceed 50 m.p.h., making traveling along our roads – especially wooded areas like the Merritt Parkway – very dangerous. We’re doing this in two phases, so that trucks will first be prohibited and then all non-emergency vehicles."
In state news, the state Department of Motor Vehicles has canceled all emission testing until further notice. Comcast Cablevision sent out a Robo call telling people they can find out about cable outages and other information about problems with their service at Comcast.com.
UPDATE: 10:38 a.m.
YMCA of Western Connecticut issued the following statement: "Because we care about the safety of our members and staff the Regional YMCA will close at noon today (10/29). Because of the uncertainty of the damage the storm will do in the next 24-48 hours we are anticipating not opening until noon if at all on Tuesday. Please call ahead to make sure that we are open."
ORIGIONAL STORY AT 5:45 A.M.
As Hurricane Sandy continues its collision course for the Northeast, Danbury is preparing for the potentially historic storm.
It was announced ahead of the storm that Danbury schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday. City Hall will be closed Monday. The War Memorial, the city's traditional emergency shelter, will open at noon.
Fire Chief Geoffrey Herald said Danbury will send a company of three firefighters to Norwalk Monday morning with the city's inflatable pontoon boat to help evacuate people from houses in Norwalk.
"This is to help people stranded in cars or evacuating their houses," Herald said. He said he expects Danbury will receive two to four inches of rain, hardly more than a typical July thunderstorm. Norwalk will receive a storm surge from Long Island Sound. Herald doesn't think Danbury will require the pontoon boat Monday, but if it does, he'll have it returned to Danbury.
Danbury's schools and City Hall are closed Monday, said Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, and the Public Works Department and the Forestry department have checked all of their equipment. He said the city's Volunteer Fire Departments are ready should people need their basement pumped.
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