NEWS ALERT: State activates emergency center; Sandy’s force to be felt Sunday

Hurricane Sandy

This satellite image, from Friday at 6:15 p.m., shows the size of Hurricane Sandy and the storm moving in from the West. The two storms are expected to collide near this area on Tuesday or Wednesday. (Weather Underground map)

The projected path of Hurricane Sandy moved northeast, toward Connecticut, according to the latest potential track issued Friday evening by the National Hurricane Center. For the past few days, forecasters had continued to move the track to the southwest of the Nutmeg State.

Southwest Connecticut and the tri-state area will start to feel the impacts of “a dangerous coastal storm late this weekend into early next week,” according to National Weather Service hazardous weather outlook issued Friday evening.

“This includes the likelihood for heavy rainfall and resultant significant urban, small stream and river flooding, high winds causing widespread downing of trees and power lines, and significant shoreline impacts from coastal flooding and beach erosion.”

The full force of Sandy could hit Connecticut by Tuesday afternoon or as late as Wednesday but the area will start feeling the effects much earlier.

The specific impacts, however, will ultimately depend on the exact track and evolution of Sandy as it interacts with a deepening upper level low pressure system approaching the East Coast, according to the weather service.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy plans to partially activate the state’s Emergency Operations Center at 8 a.m. Saturday to coordinate the state’s response in advance of Hurricane Sandy.  Based on the current forecast, it is anticipated that the state EOC will go to full activation Sunday at 8 a.m.

“Now is the time to prepare,” Governor Malloy said Friday evening. “Although the exact track of the storm is still uncertain, we are preparing for this storm to have a significant impact on the state and the public should do the same.”

The state has launched a website dedicated to keeping state residents up-to-date on all pertinent information on Hurricane Sandy, which can be accessed at ct.gov/sandy.

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, Malloy plans to hold a statewide conference call with municipal leaders, which will be followed by a media briefing with updates on Hurricane Sandy and Connecticut’s preparedness and response at 2 from the state EOC.

The storm has been moving rather slowly over the Atlantic Friday, as slowly as 6 mph, but weather forecasters expect it to eventually pick up some speed this weekend.

For a history of what Sandy has done so far, the Associated Press has a timeline of the storm since it formed as “Tropical Depression 18” five days ago on Monday, Oct. 22, about 300 miles south of Jamaica.

Hurricane Sandy

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