Darien schools will be closed on Monday, Oct. 29, and Tuesday, Oct. 30, due to Hurricane Sandy, which is traveling up the East Coast and is expected to be felt starting tonight and continuing through Wednesday.

Darien is calling for mandatory evacuations of all coastal areas by 7 p.m. Sunday including Noroton Bay, Tokeneke, Contentment Island, Five Mile River Road, Holly Pond, Delafield Island, Tokeneke in the vicinity of the Five Mile River. Record high tides will result in all inland river areas to flood.

Additionally, an emergency shelter will be open Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Darien High School. Residents are encouraged to bring all necessary medications and items for personal comfort to last for at least 36 hours.

Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson issued the following statement on www.darienpolice.org:

"Hurricane Sandy is predicted to begin significantly impacting the Town of Darien as a category 3 hurricane by midnight Sunday night. Hurricane force winds will hit our area by 3 p.m. Monday and continue at hurricane strength through midnight Monday night. The impact of Sandy is expected to be potentially catastrophic and create life-threatening conditions. Official warnings must be taken seriously.

"Flooding along coastal areas and rivers is imminent through four tide cycles beginning at midnight tonight. Long-term power outages are expected

"During peak storm conditions, emergency personnel may not be able to get to you. Seek shelter with family or friends if possible. When evacuating, remember to bring all items for personal health and safety as well as important documents and insurance papers.

"Darien Town Hall will be closed on Monday and all essential emergency response personnel are fully engaged.

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We are asking all non-essential community organizations to consider canceling all events and activities during the storm and through safe restoration."

She also noted that regional shelters at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk and Stamford High School will be open and available for Darien residents beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday.

"Power outages are anticipated to be prolonged due to unsafe conditions for recovery. Some people may experience outages in advance of peek storm impact as sub stations may be de-energized as utility assets become at risk," said Stevenson.

A limited supply of sandbags are available at the Transfer Station today.Bring shovels to fill your own sandbags.

Town officials ask that 9-1-1 be used only for emegency purposes. Power outages should be reported directly to the Connecticut Light & Power call center at 1-800-286-2000.