Emergency services personnel called back

A fire truck blocks West Beach Road for a downed tree limb in Westerly Monday, October 29, 2012.
A fire truck blocks West Beach Road for a downed tree limb in Westerly Monday, October 29, 2012. Sean D. Elliot/The Day Buy Photo

Winds have exceeded what is safe for emergency services crews to safely be in the city, and Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio has ordered fire, EMS, police, and public works personnel to complete any tasks and return to their control points.

Ledge Light has reported a wind average of 52.4 MPH and gusts at 75.2 MPH, according to a press release from the mayor's office. Personnel cannot be in the field at winds over 50 MPH and gusts over 65 MPH.

All rides to the evacuation shelter have been postponed, and residents are asked to stay where they are and remain indoors.

In Waterford, the town's first selectman said this afternoon that if the wind speeds continue to increase he will call the town's emergency responders and staff off the roads.

"I'll call them off when it's too dangerous to operate," Steward said. "This is why we wanted people to evacuate early. The flood waters tonight will be significant."

He said he is in constant contact with the state and that those who have chosen not to evacuate are "aware" of the situation they're facing.

The Emergency Operations Center on the corner of Avery Lane and Boston Post Road lost power this afternoon at about 2:30, Steward said, but that the center is now under generator power.

"We're fine, we're good to go," he said.

In Waterford, the town's first selectman said this afternoon that if the wind speeds continue to increase he will call the town's emergency responders and staff off the roads.

"I'll call them off when it's too dangerous to operate," Daniel Steward said. "This is why we wanted people to evacuate early. The flood waters tonight will be significant."

He said he is in constant contact with the state and that those who have chosen not to evacuate are "aware" of the situation they're facing.

The Emergency Operations Center on the corner of Avery Lane and Boston Post Road lost power this afternoon at about 2:30, Steward said, but that the center is now under generator power.

"We're fine, we're good to go," he said.

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