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While the exact track of Hurricane Sandy is still unknown and probably will be for the next day or so, Town and State officials are asking that residents be prepared.
On the Town of Cheshire website, a link exists for residents to examine hurricane/storm emergency preparedness advice. The page gives residents tips on what to do before the storm, such as ensuring you have enough water and perishable foods to last through an extended power outage, and during the storm, such as avoiding the use of candles inside and listening to media outlets for updates.
In anticipation of what could be Sandy's large impact on the region, Connecticut Light & Power, the state's leading provider of electricity, has asked for 2,700 out-of-state utility crews to be in place by Sunday in order to handle a possible large work load. CL&P was heavily criticized last year after two major storms — Tropical Storm Irene and the October nor-easter — ravaged parts of the state and knocked out power to residences for more than a week each time. The electric company was criticized for allowing the power outages to extend for several days.
Currently, Sandy is classified as a Category 1 hurricane. Different reports suggest that the storm could continue to gain in strength as it is expected to make its way up the East Coast, or lose strength and be downgraded to a Tropical Storm. Winds could reach as high as 80 miles per hour in the area, or only top out at 55 or 60. The exact spot in which the storm makes landfall is also uncertain and will have the greatest impact on how large a storm Connecticut faces. Projections now indicate the storm could make landfall anywhere between Delaware and Maine, with most models predicting that the greatest likelihood would be for the storm to touch down in New Jersey.