Click here for a list of local shelters,  courtesy United Way 2-1-1 or call Info-Line, 2-1-1

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Local officials are urging Connecticut residents to leave their shoreline homes and other areas prone to flooding before Hurricane Irene hits the state.

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued Saturday in New Haven, Fairfield, Milford and Stonington, affecting thousands of residents. New Haven Mayor John DeStefano says there’s a mandatory evacuation of the Morris Cove area near Tweed-New Haven Airport because of expected flooding. View the New Haven instructions.

Other cities and towns issued pleas for voluntary evacuations, including Bridgeport, Guilford, Norwalk, Stratford and Shelton.

State officials say the brunt of Irene is expected to hit the southwestern Connecticut shoreline late Sunday morning, bringing sustained winds of 80 mph or more. Tropical-storm-force winds are due in Connecticut late Saturday night.

Shelters have been set up throughout the state.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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