New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio has ordered fire, EMS, police and public works personnel to complete their tasks and return from the field because of high winds.
The wind speeds are too high for crews to safely be in the city, according to the mayor’s office.
Emergency personnel cannot be in the field when winds exceed 50 miles per hour and gusts exceed 65 miles per hour.
The wind average is now reported as 53.4 miles per hour with gusts of 75.2 miles per hour at Ledge Light.
This is far stronger than what we saw during Tropical Storm Irene, according to NBC Connecticut Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan.
Mayor Finizio also said the Gold Star Bridge, Interstate 95, is closed between Groton and New London.
All rides to evacuation shelter have been postponed and residents should seek shelter where they are and stay indoors, according to the mayor’s office.