Sandy now a Tropical Storm, still a threat

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By WXedge Staff on October 27, 2012, 5:28am Last modified: October 27, 2012, 10:42am

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- Sandy lost a little of her strength early Saturday, but meteorologists say some restrengthening is possible Sunday night as the storm churns up the Atlantic seaboard towards Connecticut.

The storm was downgraded to a tropical storm, with winds at 70 mph.

"Sandy weakens but is expected to remain a large storm with widespread impacts into early next week," The National Weather Service said in its 5:00 a.m. bulletin.

"Not much has changed since last night," Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Sam Kantrow said. "Only difference is it's now a tropical storm, and will likely be just below hurricane strength before landfall, which right now looks to be around central New Jersey."

Connecticut residents could start to feel the effects of Sandy beginning Sunday night. Kantrow says the the worst of the winds from Sandy should be felt Monday into Tuesday, and the worst tidal flooding hitting Monday night.

The state's Emergency Operations Center in Hartford was scheduled to be up and running at 8:00 a.m. to coordinate state efforts with cities and towns. Gov. Dannel Malloy is expected to make a public statement at 2:00 p.m. today.

Yesterday, the governor said the state was preparing for a 36-hour long storm. He and other public safety officials urged the public to make all the preparations they can, including making an emergency kit, having plenty of bottled water and non-perishable food on hand, stock up on batteries for flashlights, fill up gas tanks, and have cash on hand in case the power goes out and the ATMs don't work.

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