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Gov. Malloy declares state of emergency in Conn.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel Malloy has declared a state of emergency in Connecticut in anticipation of the impact of Hurricane Sandy.

Malloy signed the declaration of emergency on Saturday. He says the move will help Connecticut react more quickly and effectively to the massive storm.

The declaration gives the governor powers to order civil preparedness into action. It also gives him the ability to suspend or modify any state law, regulation or requirement.

The storm will dump heavy rains and unleash damaging winds and flooding that could cause power outages in Connecticut.

Malloy says the forecast path of the storm has convinced him that signing the state of emergency declaration is necessary.

He urged Connecticut residents and utility companies to take the storm seriously, just as the state is taking preparatory actions.

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