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Governor Dannel P. Malloy today ordered road closures for all state highways in Connecticut.

The closures will be implemented in two phases.  At 11:00 A.M., trucks will be prohibited from operating on limited access highways.  At 1:00 P.M., state highways will be closed to all non-emergency related vehicles.

Malloy said in a statement:  "Residents need to take this storm very seriously. Beginning in the next several hours, wind gusts will begin to exceed 50 m.p.h., making traveling along our roads - especially wooded areas like the Merritt Parkway - very dangerous. We're doing this in two phases, so that trucks will first be prohibited and then all non-emergency vehicles. If you're in a non-evacuation area, stay home."

The number of power outages in Connecticut is climbing as Hurricane Sandy moves closer to the state.

Connecticut Light & Power says about 7,700 customers were without power Monday, up from 158 earlier in the day. It's still less than 1 percent of the 1.2 million utility customers.

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