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Cities and towns prepare for unpredictable Hurricane Joaquin

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Mayor Marcia Leclerc discusses storm preparations in East Hartford on Thursday. (WFSB photo) Mayor Marcia Leclerc discusses storm preparations in East Hartford on Thursday. (WFSB photo)
EAST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Though the storm's track is far from certain, cities in towns are preparing for Hurricane Joaquin all the same.

Officials in East Hartford said they're taking proactive steps to prepare for a possible hit from the storm.

"If you lost power during the blizzard, if you lost power during the tropical storm, think about all the things you had to overcome and try to be prepared to make sure those things are less impactful to your daily life," said East Hartford Fire Chief John Oates.

They said they met on Thursday and looked at plans to make sure everyone in the community stays safe.

They sought to remind residents to stock up on water, get gas in their vehicles and head to the pharmacy if prescription medication is needed.

"With the onset of the weather, we had time to prepare here to urge all residents to take proactive steps to prepare their homes to what [could] potentially hit the east coast and more specifically our community here," said Mayor Marcia Leclerc.

Previous storms have taken down trees along major Connecticut interstates. Crews have cut trees down, but the work isn't complete.

"We've made a tremendous amount of progress and a lot of the cutting has been prioritized so the highest and most dangerous issues have been addressed first," said Gov. Dannel Malloy, who urged residents to keep an eye on the storm. "Those folks along streams and rivers and the Long Island Sound, need to take appropriate precautions."

Officials in East Hartford said the town has made tremendous investments in technology for the community, including a means to get emergency alerts.

"It's probably the most important thing that citizens can do," Oates said.

For more information, or to get the alerts, click here.

Hurricane Joaquin was upgraded to a category 4 storm on Thursday afternoon. People should also fill up their gas tanks and stock up on food and water and necessary prescriptions.

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