Update 6:25 a.m., Nov. 8:
"All Darien Public Schools are on a 90 minute delay for Thursday, November 8th," according to an email sent by the district to parents Thursday morning.
If power fails under the lashing of the Wednesday-Thursday nor'easter, utility crews are in the area and waiting, First Selectman Jayme Stevenson has announced.
Gusts of up to 60 mph Wednesday afternoon, and other gusts later, may take down power lines again, Stevenson said in a reverse-911 "Code Red" recorded telephone message to town residents.
Moderate coastal flooding with high tide 3 to 5 feet above normal may occur, Stevenson said. The town's emergency shelter will be ready if needed
Superintendent Stephen V. Falcone has announced: "All after-school activities and late buses are cancelled for today, November 7, 2012."
Here is the text of Stevenson's statement:
The National Weather Service has advised us that a moderate strength coastal storm is predicted to begin to impact our area by noon today. This storm may bring rain mixed with snow on the coast as it passes over our area. No meaningful accumulation is expected but roadways may become slippery. Winds will be steady around 30 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.
The strongest winds will come between noon and midnight. Storm surge during the high tide cycles will be between 3-5 feet and may cause moderate coastal flooding. Hurricane Sandy altered the coastline in many areas so any coastal flooding may impact homeowners differently.
We will be ready to reopen our shelter if needed. The weather will deteriorate this afternoon during school dismissal so please help to ensure your child gets home safely if they walk home or walk home from a bus stop.
With high winds, we do, unfortunately, expect additional power outages. I am aware that many of you have just had your power restored and today’s storm could create new frustrations. CL&P has retained their crews in our area to help us through any new problems that arise.
CL&P was able to restore power to all but 7 Darien customers by last night. I am working closely with the utility to keep the focus on these residents.
For residents with documented medical conditions or who may be the in-home caregiver for someone with documented medical conditions, you must be proactive and call CL&P at 1-800-286-2000 and ask them to flag your account.
As always, I’m here to help us get through the storm. Stay safe and warm.
Editor's note: This article originally was published at 12:41 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The time stamp has been changed for layout purposes on the Home page of Darien Patch.