The New Canaan Office of Emergency Management said the overnight winds have left multiple roads closed due to downed trees -- many involving power lines. In a statement released this morning, officials said clean-up efforts can't start until the winds die down and it is safe for CL&P to begin working.

CL&P is reporting about 60 percent of New Canaan homes without power.

Officials added that where possible, downed trees that do not involve wires will be cleared as soon as safely possible.

Officials put a curfew into effect Sunday at midnight, and asking residents to stay off the roads, whether on foot or in vehicles. This curfew is in effect until further notice.

Residents who have lost power should contact Northeast Utilities to report the outage at 1-800-286-2000 or at www.cl-p.com.

Due to the multiple road closures, the response of emergency services will be extremely limited.

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For storm related, non-emergency questions, call the Emergency Operations Center at 203-594-4100. Residents should use 911 for emergency calls only.

Following is a list of safety tips issued by the Office of Emergency Managment to help get through the next few days:

- Stay away from downed trees -- live power lines may be involved. Metal fences and guardrails may also become energized;

- Avoid using candles if you lose power. If you must, never leave them unattended and keep them away from combustibles.

- If you have a portable generator, make sure it is outside and if you are back-feeding your home through an outlet, make sure that you turn off the main breaker to avoid back-feeding the street, thereby endangering workers trying to restore power.

It is expected that it will be several days before some roads are cleared and as long as a week before full power is restored. Residents are requested to be patient and to check in on neighbors.

Following is a list where further information can be found:

Town website at www.newcanaan.info;

Channel 79, the Town's cable access channel;

WICC 600 am;

WNLK 1350 am;

On facebook at www.newcanaanoem.com.