Heeding official calls to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Sandy may well be the difference between life or death, Gov. Dannel Malloy has warned.
"This is not a joke. This is a real warning," Malloy said. "We could be talking about the difference between life and death. … If you've been ordered to evacuate, you need to do it now."
Sandy is expected to far surpass Tropical Storm Irene. Winds up to 85 miles an hour could wallop the shoreline for days. Floods were anticipated to be unprecedented, even for some inlying areas.
"The last time we saw anything like this was never," Malloy added.
"This is the largest threat to human life our state has experienced in anyone’s lifetime," Malloy said.
On Sunday, more than 1,000 extra linemen from across the country showed up to help Connecticut Light & Power. Sandy was predicted to leave 600,000 without power, and wash out big substations in Stamford and Branford.
"Sandbagging is one of the steps we're taking, and we're installing pumping facilities," Bill Quinlan, of CL&P, said.
The governor said families should prepare for catastrophic damage, and wanted them to be prepared to protect themselves and their property.
"This will be bad, but we will survive this one as well. Please everyone, be safe." Malloy added.
Malloy called President Barack Obama about getting federal assistance, because he said there was no sign of Sandy letting up. The president approved the emergency declaration on Sunday evening.