Fairfield waits for Sandy

Penfield Pavilion was the perch Monday morning for those watching waves and taking photos of the waves in advance of Hurricane Sandy. The area is under a mandatory evacuation order with an anticipated storm surge of 6 to 11 feet. (John Kovach Photo)

Winds are beginning to whip through Fairfield Monday as the area braces for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy.

A mandatory evacuation has been ordered south of Old Post Road. A “mandatory evacuation” warns those residents who choose to stay that emergency responders may not be able to reach them if they need help once the storm arrives.

Fairfield Beach Road is closed to all but residents. But the deck at Penfield Beach was the perch from which about a dozen people watched and photographed the waves as they crashed ashore.

Police asked people to refrain from unnecessary travel and use extreme caution on the road for the duration of the storm.

Forecasts call for gusts in excess of 80 miles per hour and a storm surge of 6 to 11 feet.

A shelter for people and pets has opened at Roger Ludlowe High School.

Fairfield public, private and parochial schools are closed through Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Fairfield University and Fairfield Prep are closed Monday and Tuesday.

Sacred Heart University has canceled classes Monday and Tuesday. Offices at SHU remain open.

State offices are closed.

Metro-North has suspended rail service until further notice.

Closings and postponements can be emailed to [email protected]. The Fairfield Sun can also be reached via Facebook and Twitter (@FairfieldSun).

As the storm progresses, residents can contact us to report damage and outages, and to ask questions.

The Sun will continue to update its website as Sandy comes ashore.

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