The center, which has been activated since March because of COVID-19, will be staffed with emergency operations personnel, in addition to public health officials, as a tropical storm warning was issued for the entire state.
Officials in the Carolinas plan to survey the damage following Isaias’ landfall Tuesday morning. The storm will continue moving North and is expected to hit Connecticut Tuesday afternoon and evening.
The storm was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm over North Carolina. Still, Governor Lamont is urging everyone to stay safe as severe weather is expected to hit the state this afternoon into Wednesday morning.
“With the current forecasted track of Isaias, we can expect heavy rain and high winds beginning Tuesday afternoon,” Governor Lamont said. “We’re encouraging any restaurant owners and homeowners to secure outdoor furniture, tents, and awnings. We’ll continue to monitor the storm’s progress up the east coast and will provide updates as necessary.”
The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning for the whole state through Wednesday morning.
There is also a tornado watch in effect for Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex, and New London counties until 4 p.m. Tuesday as well as in Hartford, Litchfield, Tolland, and Windham counties until 9 p.m.
Residents are asked to prepare for power outages and have an emergency kit/plan ready. Officials say strong winds are the primary threat, so be careful around trees and power lines.
The town of East Hartford is urging residents to have a safety plan in place as well. The town says they are concerned about moderate street flooding and overwhelmed catch basins and limited stream flooding may also be an issue.
State officials say homeowners should also secure outdoor furniture.