New Haven Register: Hurricane Irene is expected to hit coastal Connecticut Sunday as a Category 1 storm, so residents should prepare for high winds and rain, Peter Boynton, deputy commissioner of the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection told reporters in a conference call Friday morning._The brunt of the storm is expected to affect Connecticut from about 4:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday, News 8 meteoroligist Gil Simmons reported this morning

The hurricane is large and moving slowly, Boynton said, and is about three-quarters as wide as Connecticut, so most of the state will be affected.

“Frankly the models are much closer than with other storms we have seen, so the forecast confidence is higher than normal.”

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