Update, 4:26 p.m. Sunday
Mayor Michael Pavia has rescinded the travel ban, though many Stamford residents returned to the streets after it was clear that the worst of Hurricane Irene was over.
"Nearly 35% of Stamford residents are currently without electricity; however, CL&P has several crews that have begun clearing downed power lines," the city of Stamford's government website states.
Nearly 600,000 homes in Connecticut are currently without power, and CL&P cannot give a time frame for full power restoration at this time.
Update, 9:42 a.m., Sunday
With an undetermined number of homes without power and a curfew in effect, Mayor Pavia has stated Connecticut Light and Power, electricity supplier to most homes in Stamford, will not work to restore power until further notice.
"CL&P has several crews that are working along with city operations teams, however, due to current severe weather conditions, crews will not work to restore power until the storm has passed," the city's most recent weather advisory states.
After meeting with his counsel at 7 a.m. Sunday morning, Pavia again reinforced that residents should not leave their homes.
Update, 8:36 p.m. Saturday
Mayor Michael Pavia has imposed a city curfew, effective 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning. After this time, the majority of Stamford residents must remain in some form of shelter.
“Because wind gusts may exceed 75 mph, I am issuing a curfew of all non-essential, non-emergency vehicular and pedestrian traffic from City streets effective 6:00 A.M. Sunday morning, until further notice,” Mayor Pavia said in a press release.
“We are closely monitoring this storm for severe weather and unsafe conditions. We urge our residents to use extreme caution and stay at home.”
Mayor Pavia and other city officials have been actively coordinating emergency efforts and hurricane safety measures since at least Wednesday.
Mayor Michael Pavia has ordered individuals living in the following areas to evacuate their homes, according to an official press release:
- Sea Beach Drive (#76 and above, even numbers only)
- Saddle Rock Road Rogers Road (#49 and above)
- Ralsey Road South (#1 through #37, odd numbers only)
- Downs Ave. (#111 through #142)
- Ralph Street (#9 and #15)
- Dolphin Cove Quay (#160 and above)
- Kennilworth Drive West (#73 through #95)
- Weed Ave. (Weed Circle, #195 through #225)
“Due to expected storm surges, high tides and heavy rains, I am advising everyone that lives in these areas to relocate to higher ground,” Pavia said.
Pavia encourages those ordered to evacuate to seek shelter with friends or family in other areas, or to go to , which will open as a shelter at 5:00 p.m.