Knockout Punch Potential for Hartford, Connecticut

By , AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist
October 25, 2012; 10:30 AM ET
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Sandy has the potential to deliver a knockout punch to Connecticut or could swing and miss.

With a sudden left hook toward the mid-Atlantic and New England by Sandy becoming more likely early next week, the risk of major impact to travel and activities in the I-95 Northeast is on the rise. So is the risk to lives and property.

The severity of impacts depends on where Sandy makes landfall relative to the southern New England coast.

While there are equal chances the worst of the storm may occur northeast, toward Maine and southwest, toward the Delmarva, there is also the potential for Connecticut to be in the heart of the storm.

As we have stated here on AccuWeather.com and through our various media outlets in the city, there is the potential for damaging winds, power outages and coastal and urban flooding. Some neighborhoods and major highways could be flooded and trees could be blocking streets.

If Sandy, which has the potential to be the "Perfect Storm" of this century, takes the northwestward track over Long Island or New York City, people in Connecticut and southern New England in general could be wondering what hit them come Tuesday. Wind and storm surge flooding could be far worse than that of Irene and could approach the 1938 Hurricane in terms of dollar-value damage. If the storm swings toward Maine, the same folks may be saying, "Where's Sandy?"

Stormy conditions would build Sunday night and Monday, then diminish late Tuesday.

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