Governor Declares State Of Emergency, Deploys National Guard

Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has declared a state of emergency and deployed National Guard troops around the state to help with any rescues and other emergencies during a potentially historic winter storm.

Malloy also warned motorists early Friday afternoon that state highways could be subject to closure at any time and urged residents to stay home and off the roads.

The governor says Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating are now projecting that 30 percent of utility customers in the state could lose power during the storm. The utilities have all of their crews on standby and have called in out-of-state workers.

The National Weather Service says the storm could bring up to 2 feet of snow and forecasters are warning of blizzard conditions Friday evening into Saturday.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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