Storm preparations taken; Roundabout open 360

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MANCHESTER- With Hurricane Sandy approaching the New England area, memories and lessons from last year's Tropical Storm Irene are being dusted off.

Local officials in Manchester are currently tracking the storm. Safety officials are taking this storm seriously and are busy planning to protect the community if the storm becomes a threat.

According the Town Manager John O'Keefe, everyone should "keep calm and carry on" and let the town officials worry about the storm. The town has been preparing for an event just like this since tropical storm Irene hit last year and are confident they can handle another storm. The storm is also affecting the construction of the roundabout, which is already in the final stages of development. According to Tricia Hayes, the projects public information officer, the roundabout, which opened to traffic for the first time on Friday, Oct. 26, will be closed to all traffic starting at 2 a.m. early Saturday morning. Detours will be put into place providing safe travel to avoid the roundabout. They hope to reopen the roundabout at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Hurricane Sandy threatens to damage work on the roundabout. During the closing construction will focus to prevent erosion in the event of heavy rain.

According to the National Weather Service, Hurricane Sandy is expected to turn towards the northeast on Saturday, followed by a turn to the northwest early next week, with direct impacts expected for the New England area. The storm could reach Southern Vermont as early as Monday with potential wind gusts around 50 mph along with heavy rainfall.


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