As Sandy continues on a course toward the United States, forecasters are warning that it could merge with two other systems to become a monster, hybrid storm. They say there will be hundreds of miles of steady, strong and damaging wind and rain for the entire Eastern region for several days.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton says the city is preparing. Crews have cleaned out catch basins in areas prone to flooding.
Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker advises residents to stock up on canned goods and a hand-cranked can opener if the power goes out during the storm. He says a gallon of bottled water per person per day we might be without power is also recommended. He is reminding residents to charge cell phones and laptops, but if necessary Bethel Town Hall, like other shelters, will be available for people to recharge their gadgets when emergency shelters are opened.
Greater Danbury area elected officials are urging residents to sign up for their town or city's emergency alert notification systems.
All state parks will be closed on Monday, until further notice and courtesy docks at boat launches are also being removed. Governor Dannel Malloy partially activated the emergency operations center this morning and plans to fully activate it tomorrow morning.