MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The State of Connecticut has declared a state of emergency as the Hurricane Sandy “Frankenstorm” approaches.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed the declaration of emergency late Saturday morning.

The order allows the governor to suspend state statutes and regulations, order civil preparedness forces into action, and designate vehicular and person routes.

“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,” Malloy said in a news release. “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.”

Hurricane Sandy was expected to make landfall, likely near Atlantic City, N.J., on Sunday afternoon.

The states of New York and New Jersey already have declared states of emergency.

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