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Strong winds, coastal flooding, power outages a possibility for shoreline

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Old Saybrook was quiet Thursday ahead of an expected nor'easter. (WFSB) Old Saybrook was quiet Thursday ahead of an expected nor'easter. (WFSB)

Connecticut's shoreline is bracing for the possibility of strong winds, coastal flooding and power outages from a long-duration nor-easter that's expected to hit the state starting Thursday night.

Thursday started out beautiful enough in Old Saybrook.

By Friday, however, it will be a different story.

"We do as much prep as we can," said Pan Katz of Old Saybrook. "You can take what you can, you plan for some flooding."

Katz's parents live in town. She said they've had flooding issues before.

"We've had Sandy and Irene, which were big huge storms, and they did get quite a bit of damage," she said.

With a storm heading the state's way, Middlesex County, like the rest of the state, is under a flood watch. While very little snow is expected, coastal flooding is the concern.

"We picked this community because of the sea wall so we didn't have to worry about the flooding," said David Harrison of Old Saybrook. "There are some points down there that get flooded."

Harrison told Channel 3 that he and his family have lived in town for less than a year.

He said during one of the storms at the end of last year, water came up over the sea wall.

"People were stopping in their cars because they hadn't seen that before and taking pictures," Harrison said. "It is beautiful when they have a storm."

There are some ways town officials said people can prepare.

"For any storm, whether it's a snow storm or a nor'easter or a tropical storm, we ask everyone to take everything that's outside inside," said Chief Michael Spera, Old Saybrook police. "Lawn furniture shouldn't be out. Have your medications nearby, and if you lose power, do not go outside and see why."

Spera also had a reminder for drivers.

"When flooding occurs, because we know flooding will occur, don't drive through the puddles," he said.

He said the town is ready for whatever the storm brings.

Down the shoreline, residents along Cosey Beach in East Haven are also preparing

"We've been getting prepped here at the fire department with our equipment making sure that we're at the state of readiness. What we're really telling people on the shoreline is just take the average precautions they take in the flood-prone areas. Move the vehicles to higher ground, keep an eye on your property for any moveable debris and pay attention to the weather forecasts," said East Haven Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Licata.

That's what some have been doing.

Bonnie Erich picked up her shovel and rake today to clear the storm drain outside her home.

"The drain was pretty well covered with debris you know from the street and also from the runoff that comes down because we're a little bit lower than the streets above on the opposite side and it can get so covered that it's very important for me to come out here and make sure it's all cleared off so the water can drain freely,” she said.

The storm is also impacting ferry service along the shoreline.

The Cross Sound Ferry has already canceled several of its routes on Friday out of New London. The Fishers Island Ferry has also announced that it is reducing its service on Friday because of the storm.

For the latest on the forecast, read here.

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