As Sandy arrives, conditions expected to worsen overnight

The brunt of the potential damage from Hurricane Sandy is still expected to be caused by the wind, rather than the rain if forecasts hold.

Winds in the area, as of 5 p.m., were blowing at 9 mph with gusts up to 18 mph and expected to keep getting more powerful overnight. According to the National Weather Service, conditions in southwest Connecticut will deteriorate Sunday night as Hurricane Sandy moves north up the East Coast, according to the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

“The chance for rain will increase overnight, becoming likely toward Monday morning. Northwest winds are expected to increase gradually to 20-30 mph with gusts of 40 to 50 mph,” the weather service said.

Rain, heavy at times, is expected Monday along with very strong winds.

“The worst conditions are expected to last from Monday afternoon through Monday night as Sandy moves northwest and comes ashore along the New Jersey Coast,” according to the state. “Winds will reach speeds of 40-55 mph with gusts of 70 to 85 mph.”

More rain is likely on Tuesday as the low pressure system spins over the mid-Atlantic area and begins to weaken, according to the state. “Strong southeast winds of 35 to 35 mph and gusts of 45 to 55 mph are sill expected.”

Greenwich will have an update on the storm at 7 p.m. with a press conference in the Public Safety Complex. Check back to and for more details.

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