Updated at 7:10 p.m. WILTON, Conn. – Even as Hurricane Sandy pounded Wilton and the rest of Connecticut on Monday afternoon, Wilton Fire Chief Paul Milositz said it was just the beginning.
“People shouldn’t let their guard down. I think the worst is yet to come,” Milositz said from the Wilton Emergency Operations Center.
Power lines are down and trees have fallen in at least 10 areas in town from the heavy winds accompanying the massive hurricane, Milositz said. Connecticut Light & Power crews were out moving power lines from the roads but will not do any repair work yet because of the storm conditions, he said.
As of 7 p.m. Monday, nearly 5,400 CL&P customers in Wilton were without power. That’s 75 percent of the town’s utility customers. Officials expect that number to increase in the coming hours as winds increase.
Milositz said he has not had many calls from residents. “They’ve heeded the warnings up to the storm,” he said. “Many are staying off the roads, and they’re all hunkered down and prepared for the storm.”
No residents have checked in at the town shelter at Miller-Driscoll School, the fire chief said, though he expected that will change as more homes lose power.
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