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Storm Watch Canceled As Earl Weakens

As of 11 a.m. Friday, the tropical storm watch for coastal Fairfield County had been canceled with Hurricane Earl off the coast of Maryland, moving up the East Coast. The Category 1 storm was predicted to bring rain to Connecticut by the afternoon and into the evening. Winds of 10 to 20 mph are possible. But the holiday weekend won't be ruined. Saturday, Sunday and Monday are predicted to be sunny and breezy with high temperatures in the 70s.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell held a conference call with municipal officials from across the state Tuesday, including Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff.

Rell, with Peter Boynton, commissioner of emergency management and homeland security, told Joseloff and the others of several factors in the state's favor.

Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Christopher Ackley said the town reviewed emergency operation and shelter operation plans and ensuring first responder equipment is ready. Ackley said residents should be prepared.

"Have radios, batteries, make sure your cell phones are charged, watch the weather, fill up your gas tank, and if you're asked to evacuate, please leave and listen to emergency responders," he said.

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