Hurricane Sandy: A Monday Afternoon Update

A check-in with reporters and officials from around Connecticut.

User submitted photo from Mary Cesar in Madison, Conn. The road has since been closed.
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Hurricane Sandy: A Monday Afternoon Update
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Hurricane Sandy: A Monday Afternoon Update

You could say we really have two storms today. There's the one on the coast and the one the rest of us have. The one the rest of us have will be pretty severe. The one on the coast is the one whose dangers are so intense and so complex that it's kind of a head scratcher. 

For example, the flooding down there may be so pervasive that power stations have to be de-energized to prevent more permanent damage to them. One thing we're going to learn about in the next few days is the intense, symbiotic relationship between Connecticut and Long Island Sound. Gas that goes to the rest of the state comes in by barge and gets unloaded in New Haven.  If the harbor there becomes dysfunctional ... well, you get the picture. 
On today's show, we'll swing around the state as fast as possible, speaking with elected officials, other journalists and people already affected by the storm.
Leave your comments below, e-mail or Tweet us @wnprcolin.



E-mail from Cynthia

Hi Colin,

Because of your disaster preparedness show after Hurricane Irene, I learned a lot and was prepared for "Albert" when we lost power for 10 days.
Our guest rooms were full and 6-10 people stopped in daily for showers or to fill water bottles.
Today we are prepared for almost anything!


E-mail from Wayne

Hi Colin,
I can almost listen today, just sitting here waiting for the power to go out. Here in Oneco (Sterling), at least where we are, flooding is not a problem, but of course the wind is. The greenhouses and hoop houses are all buttoned up as best we can do. We have buckets of water and and coolers with potable water, and I just cut a blanket of bubble wrap with aluminized mylar to put in the top of the freezer when the power goes. We have ice in the freezer and can turn the refrigerator into an ice box with a big container of ice on the top shelf. That idea Marilyn got from your show during Irene last year. She began to freeze ice containers earlier last week. But everything is electric, even the stove, so we are prepared to hunker down and see it through. If something happens to the greenhouse, it'll wreck the Winterfresh Market in Coventry for us.
Prepare for the worst and hope for the best,