5 p.m. Update:
The city announced that there will be no school on Monday.
3:53 p.m. Update:
Planet Fitness is offering free use of its showers to those without power, just as it did in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
1:22 p.m. Update:
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has asked President Obama for an emergency declaration to help with cleanup for the state. If granted, the state would be eligible for direct federal assistance as well as reimbursement for 75% of certain emergency protective measures.
The governor also lifted the travel ban for the Wilbur Cross/Merritt Parkways, but advised residents to stay off the roads if possible to let DOT crews clear impacted areas.
11 a.m. Update:
Winter Storm Alfred left Middletown early Sunday and left being a pretty bad case of "Vertigo."
CL&P reports 775,188 of its customers statewide, that’s 62 percent — are without power. Looking at the statewide map, whose colorful legend indicates each town’s outages, the majority of north central and northeast Connecticut is entirely in the black — 90 to 100 percent without power.
Here in the Forest City, the numbers are grim: 93 percent of Middletown households are affected. 21,155 of us, Middletown Patch included, are feeling what 33 degrees really feels like indoors. Those without fireplaces or wood stoves, of course.
Never has a hot coffee sounded so good.
Mayor Sebastian N. Giuliano opened Middletown High School last night at 7:30 p.m. as a shelter for residents, which is offering limited amounts of water and military rations, a warm place to stay and electrity to charge phones and computers.
One Patch reader offered a ray of hope: she's got power at Middletown Ridge off of West Lake Drive.
A walk around the city’s North End area gives you a sense of what dense, wet snowfall does to the city’s trees. Everywhere, huge branches are downed, carrying with them wires; and some hitting cars and homes. Several maples were toppled right at the roots.
Up at Wesleyan University, only a couple students braved the wintry mess, which turned the picturesque campus into a winter wonderland — in October. Foss Hill may have been barren at 9 a.m. Sunday, but the evidence of last night’s fun is impressed into the snow: sled and toboggan tracks aplenty mark the city’s favorite place to glide downhill.
Remember how city plows push Main Street’s snow into the center island? It was thus today, making crossing the road difficult for pedestrians, who walked along the slushy sidewalks, bundled up against the chill.
Washington, Main and High streets were full of vehicles zipping along easily on the plowed streets, carefully stopping and yielding at every unlit traffic light — Middletown Patch was surprised to not see an accident anywhere along Sunday’s walking route.
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Original Story, 10 a.m.
As mid-morning approaches in the city of Middletown, residents are starting to emerge from their homes to survey the scene and run errands. I'm not sure where they're going, since most of the city has no power (21,248 customers as of 9:45 a.m., which is 93% of CL&P's customers)
Some observations gleaned from walking around:
Building security alarms are going off on Main Street and near Wesleyan.
All streets, including secondary roads, are plowed.
There's power lines down all over the North End.
Klekolo coffeehouse, which is open 365 days a year, is CLOSED! There appears to be no power anywhere near downtown.
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