Hurricane Sandy: Incoming Storm Now Category 2

Could Connecticut again get hit by a major October storm?


On the eve of the anniversary of a devastating Halloween snowstorm in Connecticut last year the state once again is warily watching a hurricane churning up the East Coast and utility officials are already preparing for a possible hit.

The Caribbean-born Hurricane Sandy made landfall over Cuba this morning as a Category 2 hurricane, bringing sustained winds of 105 mph. Forecasters predict the current track will take Sandy over the Bahamas before it turns north. 

From there computer models differ on where Sandy will go. One takes it northeast and out to sea over the Atlantic. But another, more reliable model, says Sandy will make landfall somewhere near Delaware, the National Weather Service says in its most recent update on the storm this morning.

One meteorologist is predicting that Sandy will become the "perfect storm" that will slam New England.

The most recent models of the storm, says Weather Underground forecaster Jeff Masters, "portray an increased risk to the U.S. and Canadian East Coasts for early next week. The GFS model, which had been showing that Sandy would head to the northeast out to sea, now has changed its tune, and predicts that Sandy will double back and hit Maine on Tuesday evening.

"An extra set of balloon-borne radiosondes is going to be launched at 2 p.m. (today) all across the U.S., which should help tomorrow evening's model runs make better forecasts of where Sandy might go. Extra radiosondes will be launched every 6 hours through Saturday afternoon."

If Sandy does hit New England one major difference between this storm and last year's is Sandy is expected to bring rain and not snow.

Officials at CL&P and United Illuminating, the state's two major electric suppliers, are already taking steps to prepare for the worst and have begun contacting outside contractors who could help restore power to customers if Sandy wreaks havoc in Connecticut, according to a report today in the Hartford Courant.

The utilities came under harsh criticism last year after two storms, Tropical Storm Irene in late August and an October Nor'easter, each cut power to hundreds of thousands of utility customers throughout the state, some of whom went without electricity for more than a week.

CL&P took the brunt of much of that criticism and the backlash eventually led to the resignation of its chief executive.

Steven DeVaux October 26, 2012 at 10:39 PM
What is the First Selectman's office in Brookfield doing for the Meadowbrook Manor area that floods dramatically due to poor storm drainage design by the town combined with leaves clogging what little storm drains there are? Are they opening up a shelter in town and evacuating people before it floods?
Irish Daddy October 26, 2012 at 10:48 PM
why don't the residents themselves clear the leaves from the drains?
Steven DeVaux October 26, 2012 at 10:56 PM
The drains themselves are filled with dead leaves. Residents should go down storm sewers while the town is spending it's money on expanding government by hiring a full time town manager and staff? What happened to the tax dollars they paid? Sounds like Wall Street!
Wondering October 27, 2012 at 01:17 PM
How do you know? You don't even live here anymore. Are you haunting us like a bad ghost?
Steven DeVaux October 27, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Wondering October 27, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Guess so. Where do we call an exorcist.
Steven DeVaux October 27, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Talk to the priest but I think they might still be allowing non-residents to transit the town. At least they did when they were an open - not closed - community with all the controls on people.It's been a few years since the sunshine laws were allowed to shine in Brookfield.
Steven DeVaux October 27, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Oh, and the Germans in the 1930's had the same practice. Check out their approaches to what they percieved their solutions were not that I'd subscribe to them in any way whatsoever but democracy does allow for you to discuss what it is you are seeking.


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