Good afternoon, this is First Selectman James Cosgrove with an urgent emergency update on Hurricane Henri.
Today, I issued a Declaration of Emergency ahead of Hurricane Henri, which is currently expected to arrive in our area by 4 a.m. Sunday and make landfall near Branford at 8 p.m. Sunday evening.
All residents should be preparing for a significant storm event and taking all actions necessary to protect life and property. This includes having enough food, water, fuel, cash and medications to shelter in place for at least 3 days. We are expecting significant power outages throughout Branford similar to those experienced last summer from Tropical Storm Isaias, and major coastal flooding in our beach communities similar to Hurricane Sandy.
The Town of Branford has issued a Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Order for all residents in Evacuation Zones 1 & 2. Localized messages were sent to residents in the evacuation zone. If you reside in the evacuation zone, you must evacuate your home no later than 9 p.m. this evening due to the likelihood of significant storm surge and coastal flooding.
If you live outside the evacuation zone but in an area that has experienced flooding during previous storms, we highly recommend you make preparations for a possible evacuation if storm predictions change this afternoon. Any residents who do not leave the evacuation zone by 7 a.m. tomorrow are putting their lives at risk and public safety crews may not be able to respond to help once winds exceed 50 MPH. For those evacuees who need a shelter, the Town will be opening the Branford High School Emergency Shelter at 6 p.m. today located at the 185 East Main Street. The Town Shelter does have accommodations for pets if absolutely necessary. For information on evacuation zones please visit the Town website.