(NECN: Brian Burnell, Bridgeport, CT) - The Connecticut shoreline is Irene's first target in New England.
The state government is encouraging people who live in low-lying areas to evacuate.
Governor Dan Malloy is asking residents not to let down their guard because of what they've seen further south.
They are more concerned about the storm surge than the wind.
The Merritt Parkway may be shut down later Saturday night.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy this afternoon let Connecticut residents know that local shelter information is available at the state’s Hurricane Irene website.
"I have urged everyone who is in a flood-prone area to evacuate," said Gov. Malloy. "Residents can now find shelter information, as well as the most recent weather update and links to live streaming press briefings, on our Hurricane Irene website.”
The new Hurricane Irene Shelter Information link will provide current information on local shelters. It is updated every two hours by 2-1-1.