Why Sandy will be worse here than typical hurricane

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will fully activate the state’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Sunday at 8 a.m. to continue coordinating the state’s response in advance of Hurricane Sandy. The state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection explained why Sandy is expected to be unlike most hurricanes.

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Sandy is forecast to move to a position approximately 225 Miles East of Cape Hatteras, N.C., by 2 a.m. Monday morning, according to the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. With the storm about 2,000 miles wide, Connecticut will already be feeling its force at that point.

“Sandy is then forecast to intensify and grow in size as the storm interacts with an approaching winter type storm system,” according to the state. Sandy is forecast to move northwest to a position near the southern coast of New Jersey by 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Sandy is expected to be a large and dangerous Hybrid when the storm arrives Sunday night and Monday — the “Frankenstorm” many have been talking about. State officials warn that hybrid storms do not act like hurricanes and do not weaken over cold waters. Sandy is forecast to move slowly and impact our area for up to 36 hours with very strong winds, finally departing our area Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued High Wind Watches for the potential of very strong winds sustained at 40-60 mph and gusting to 60-80 mph along the coast and in the higher elevations at times.

Following a series of unified command meetings and municipal conference calls, Malloy will hold two media briefings from the state EOC on Sunday — the first at 11:30 a.m., followed by another at 6 p.m.

“This storm’s heavy rain and winds, combined with the high tide, has the potential for a big impact on the entire state, ”Malloy said. “It’s specifically drawing increased concern because of the forecasted duration, which could last up to 36 hours – longer than what we are used to in Connecticut.  Please take this as seriously as we are taking it.”

The state EOC, staffed by state emergency management personnel and representatives of the state’s major utility companies, will remain open throughout the duration of the storm.

The latest information on available shelters throughout the state can be obtained by calling 2-1-1 or at211ct.org. The state has also established a Hurricane Sandy website, ct.gov/sandy.

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