FAIRFIELD - Emergency management officials in southwestern Connecticut are tracking Hurricane Irene and calling on residents to be prepared for the worst this weekend.

Fairfield officials have brought out electronic signs urging residents along the coast to keep a close eye on weather reports and prepare for a possible emergency evacuation.

The big concern in the area, in addition to the high winds and heavy rain, is flooding, given the storm is expected to arrive during a new moon and subsequent higher-than-usual tide.

Fire Chief Richard Felner says he learned from Hurricane Gloria that residents should always be ready for the unexpected.

If evacuations are necessary, Felner says the town will use electronic road signs and the reverse 911 system to notify residents.

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