New London leaders meet to prepare for the storm

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — New London leaders are coordinating efforts to tackle Thursday’s storm which could cause concern.

“It won’t just be an accumulation of snow. But there are going to be some high, I guess, they call them mini cyclone-type winds that simulate an even a hurricane situation in the winter,” Public Works Director Brian Sear told the group.

He says drifting snow and visibility issues will add to the challenge.

There are 68 miles of roads in New London which need to be pre-treated and plowed. The city is issuing a parking ban which starts at midnight. Cars violating it will be ticketed and towed.

“It’s tricky. There aren’t a lot of straightaways,” said Sear. “It’s a lot of hills and short neighborhood streets and stuff.”Related Content: Eversource performs last-minute tree trimming ahead of storm

A snow day for students too.

“I think what we’re more monitoring now is what would we be looking at for Friday,” said Kathleen McCoy with New London Public Schools. “The anticipation tomorrow is closing.”

Eversource is also hoping to get trees trimmed before the high winds hit. Work being done Wednesday in Mystic was already scheduled and could come just in time.

Meanwhile the crew of the F/V Heritage which is now covered with ice will try to get back home to Stonington before the bad weather makes this voyage even more dangerous.

At Anytime Fuel, the lines have been out the door.

“These have not been dispatched,” said owner Jeff Suntup. “Neither have all these.”Storm Team 8: Click here for the latest forecast

Anytime Fuel, like most oil companies, is backed up with deliveries.

“Been calling all morning,” said David Belanger of Mystic. “Every oil company around town around the area.”

He stood in line at Anytime Fuel to pick up a five gallon can of fuel just to make sure he doesn’t completely run out.

Unlike the full service fuel companies, Anytime is on demand only, so it can make smaller deliveries just to get people through these bitter cold days.

“It takes nine to ten gallons to get up to temperature then to keep your house maintained five to seven gallons per day,” said Suntup.

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