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Coastal towns in Connecticut are recommending evacuations.

STAMFORD, Conn. — The National Hurricane Center warned on Saturday that shoreline towns in Connecticut might be inundated by storm surge from Hurricane Henri, possibly causing major flooding south of Route 1, a major artery through the state.

Aware that eight inches of rain were a possibility, the coastal towns of New Haven, Branford, Guilford and Groton recommended that residents on streets closest to the water voluntarily evacuate. Gov. Ned Lamont said the state was monitoring nursing homes in case evacuations were needed.

“I urge everyone in Connecticut to take this storm seriously,” Mr. Lamont said in a statement. “Prepare to shelter in place Sunday and into early Monday morning. Plan for power outages that could last for an extended period.”

Connecticut power companies said that downed trees might leave hundreds of thousands of customers without electricity for as long as three weeks.

Tropical Storm Isaias caught the power companies by surprise last year. They did not have enough restoration or tree crews mobilized, leaving the state nearly paralyzed for more than a week. About 750,000 customers lost power in Connecticut during that storm, along with 600,000 outages on Long Island.

On Saturday evening, Connie Gutierrez and her husband stopped at an I-95 rest stop in Darien, Conn., after dropping their son off at college in Princeton, N.J.

They wanted a quick dinner before getting back on the road. They live in a waterfront condominium in the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston, and wanted to at least bring in the outdoor furniture before heavy winds and rain begin.

“We haven’t gotten very far,” Ms. Gutierrez said. “The traffic is insanity.”

Outside, three power company trucks drove through the parking lot toward the drive-through. The skies were still blue and partly cloudy.

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