Windchills brutal in southeastern Connecticut

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NEW LONDON -- By 9 p.m. on Sunday, New London felt like -18 degrees thanks to extreme wind chills. The area is under a Wind Chill Advisory until 9 a.m. Monday.

The National Weather Service calls the winds "hazardous to potentially life-threatening" and warns of frostbite, something James Wilbur can relate to.

"I was outside for about three nights, I didn't have a place to go, I got frostbite on my feet. I got a little bit of trench foot from the wetness," Wilbur said. "Feet freeze. It's like flesh being frozen."

Winds could send the mercury to 20 degrees below zero.

"That's crazy, you don't survive that weather," said Wilbur.

It kills business, too.

Unmanageable snow drifts in Long Island prompted Cross Sound Ferry to nix all trips on Sunday. Crews tell FOX CT that police in New York shutdown a road about a mil and a half from Orient Point because of conditions.

The bitter blasts of wind also emptied neighborhoods. Virtually no one was outside in New London.

"I would expect it to be like this during December time, but around February into March, not like this," said Anthony Corporan. " It's very,very cold out here."

The heavy winds also caused problems with power outages across the state, including 200 customers without power in Monroe.