The Governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have all declared a state of emergency in advance of Hurricane Sandy’s unwelcome arrival next week. Upgraded to a category 1 hurricane, Sandy has already killed more than 40 people in the Caribbean and is expected to make landfall on Tuesday near Delaware. John Berglund, the director of Greater New York Emergency Services for The Salvation Army told local news that Sandy will become especially fierce when it merges with two other winter systems. “The rain will come down very heavy and very quickly, he said.” You will see flash flooding and flooding throughout the week. Be ready to go a few days without being able to get outside in case of downed power lines and flooded streets.”

The Metropolitan Transit Authority has canceled Sunday’s 1p.m. Metro-North train on the New Haven line to the New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins game in East Rutherford, according to New York Newsday, although it is not yet certain whether other MTA services will be cancelled as well. Nonethless, officials urge residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to prepare themselves to be unable to leave their homes for several days in the event of downed power lines, and to be without power as well.

Orange and Rockland utilities are warning employees that they may be working overtime in the storm’s aftermath and preparations are being made to open shelters in New York City and the Hudson Valley. There will be a shelter at Rockland Community College and another at the Brook Drive Community Center in Cortlandt, Westchester, though it isn’t certain yet when they will open their doors. In 1938, “The Long Island Express” killed 800 people. It is the worst storm on record to have pounded the Northeast. Jeff Masters of the forecasting service Weather Underground warns that Sandy could be worse. Read our tips for staying safe and stay tuned for details.

Via New York Newsday

Image credit: Hurricane Sandy by NASA