FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Hurricane Sandy is likely to be a storm for the history books and could last for up to 36 hours once it hits Fairfield County.
According to the National Hurricane Center Sandy is likely to hit New England late Sunday into early Monday, with the center making landfall in southern to central New Jersey.
“Never before in recorded history has a storm taken this course,” said Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi in a news conference Sunday afternoon. He said that Hurricane Sandy, once it hits land as a category one hurricane will combine with a cold front from the middle of the country to create a “perfect storm over land.”
Gov. Dannel Malloy has urged residents to prepare, particularly those along the coast. In a news conference Sunday morning Malloy said that "the amount of water the storm is expected to push into Long Island Sound is far more than the Sound and shoreline can handle."
For those not in evacuation areas along the coast, you should prepare to stay indoors for at least 36 hours, or until the storm passes. Malloy has urged towns and cities to ensure that only emergency personnel are on the streets during the storm. By Saturday, at least 400 power crews had arrived in the state to assist with the repairs and clean up. Marconi said that they are expecting at least 2,000.
Malloy has also said that each town will have one line crew available to them by Sunday night in case of serious emergencies during the storm.
As of 1 p.m., Sunday, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said that, “Sandy is expected to be a very large and extremely dangerous hybrid when the storm arrives Sunday night and Monday. Hybrid storms do not act like hurricanes and do not weaken over cold waters.”
Residents should be aware that the winds will likely be sustained between 40 and 60 miles per hour with heavy coastal flooding. Due to the wind strength and abnormal high tides due to a full moon Monday, flooding along the coast could be unprecedented.
Keep checking back with The Daily Voice for more information on Hurricane Sandy as it comes in.