Gov. Malloy warned that Hurricane Sandy would be the greatest threat to life in Connecticut since the Great New England Hurricane of 1938. Thanks to him and the weather forecasters, it wasn't such a threat, since they provided the decisive difference with the 1938 storm — plenty of warning. Indeed, eventually overdone, such warnings began to seem like exhortations to suicide.
But the warnings were heeded enough and the storm's worst violence stayed far enough to the southwest that Connecticut seems to have suffered only four fatalities. Two were just cruel fate, caused by trees falling on people who had every reason to be where they were, a firefighter protecting life and property in Easton and a woman leaving her darkened house in Mansfield. The two other fatalities were people who defied the warnings and fooled around near the water as the storm came in.