Metro North braces for Sandy’s arrival, Malloy declares state of emergency

The arrival of Hurricane Sandy is expected to have a heavy impact on Metro-North services to and from the area.

According to a press release put out Saturday afternoon by Metro-North, all MTA Agencies have begun storm preparations in order to ensure safe travel across the region.

“We urge customers to monitor news reports and our website as service is subject to change as conditions demand,” the release said. “We will update your local news outlets regularly and service status on will provide the latest information for all MTA train, subway, and bus services as well as bridge and tunnel conditions.”

The MTA’s website, as the storm advances, may default to what it terms as a “weather emergency,” site which will provide information about storm conditions and its impact on train services.

In Hartford, Gov. Dannel Malloy on Saturday signed a declaration of emergency for the state due to the likelihood of Hurricane Sandy’s impact here.

This power gives the governor the ability to modify and suspend state statutes and regulations — meaning work hours can be altered to have more people on hand for a response. It also gives him the power to order civil preparedness forces into action and the ability to designate vehicle and person routes and movements.

“The forecast path of Hurricane Sandy has convinced me that the signing of this declaration is necessary, and will help us react more quickly and effectively in the event of a serious weather event,” Mr. Malloy said. “This storm needs to be taken seriously and just as the state is taking preparatory actions, I encourage the public and all of the state’s utility companies to do the same”

Mr. Malloy is holding a conference call with Connecticut town leaders at 1 p.m. Saturday and plans to address the media at 2.