Weather service issues high wind warnings, bus service on Danbury branch line

As Hurricane Sandy makes its way up the East Coast, with New Jersey now feeling its effects, the National Weather Service has issued an urgent weather message for Fairfield County. A high wind warning is in effect from 6 a.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Winds from the east at 35 to 50 mph with gusts up to 70 mph, 80 mph for elevated roadways and buildings, especially Monday afternoon and night.

The strongest winds are expected Monday afternoon and night.

Not surprisingly, winds of this nature can bring down trees and limbs, blocking roads and damaging homes. Travel will be hazardous.

Rain in the amounts of two to six inches should be expected. Areas of high elevation will get the most rain. Rainfall rates of one to two inches per hour are possible in the heaviest bands.

As a result, there may be drainage flooding and flash flooding. Waterways are likely to be moving very swiftly.

Substitute bus service is currently being provided on the Danbury branch line until further notice due to hurricane preparations. Please listen for announcements at your station. We will provide further details as they become available.

Wilton's Emergency Operations Center will open Monday morning.