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Officials Warn New Canaan: Irene Is Not Done Yet

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Although Tropical Storm Irene is clearing out of Connecticut, New Canaan emergency officials are reminding residents that the storm is not over.

Emergency Management Director Mike Handler said the peak wind forecast for Irene has been reduced to 50 mph, but he warns that the back end of the system is likely to be in New Canaan later Sunday with wind gusts of up to 65 mph. Aggregate rainfall in town is eight inches so far, he said.

“Be safe and please continue to shelter in places as (live) wires are still unmarked and unattended,” Handler said. “We will provide additional updates later today.”

Portions of dozens of streets in town were closed because of downed trees and power lines. More than 5,700 customers in town are without power, according to Connecticut Light & Power.

Gov. Dannel Malloy reported extensive damage of the overhead power lines on the New Canaan branch of Metro-North Railroad.

Is your home without power? Was your home damaged by Irene? Let us know by leaving a comment below. Send your storm damage photos to reporter Melvin Mason at mmason@thedailynewcanaan.com .

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