Updated Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 at 11: 36 a.m.
HARTFORD –By 6 p.m. on Monday, the full brunt of Hurricane Sandy was in Connecticut.
According to the National Weather Service, wind gust was expected to barge into Connecticut at 75 miles per hour along the shoreline through 10 p.m. And there might be 1 to 3 inches of rain inland. Widespread power line and tree damage were expected throughout the night, and the worst of it will be along the shoreline.
By 6 p.m. Hartford had experienced mostly rain and wind gusts. City officials announced closings of schools and city hall.
Earlier on Monday, downtown city stores still had power and opened for business, namely Spiritus, Salute and Al’s. Some residents said they see very little evidence of the storm in Hartford.
At about 2 p.m. the city of Hartford was still preparing for an impending storm that, although shifted to the left of Connecticut, will affect the state’s shoreline and Southern Connecticut.
Mayor Pedro Segarra has ordered city offices closed on Monday and Tuesday. And in the wake of strong wind and flooding in several parts of the state, Gov. Dannel Malloy has banned trucks from coming into the state and most vehicles off the highways and major roads.
According to the National Weather Service, Hurricane Sandy could move in at 90 miles per hour in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The worse of the storm has yet to come, state officials said.
The worst of the storm hasn’t hit the East Coast yet, but there is some all-too-scary loss of human life to report already, officials said.
According to the Associated Press, about 65 people have died in the Caribbean, mostly in Haiti. The damage to several islands thus far have been estimated to reach up to $10 billion.