With a dangerous nor'easter expected to hit late Sunday, agencies and residents across Delaware are preparing for what has been dubbed "Frankenstorm."
The outer edge of Hurricane Sandy is expected to bring rain to the Middletown area as early as Saturday evening before its eye passes through the Delaware Bay Monday.
The Middletown Police Department met Friday and developed a response plan for the storm, said Chief Henry Tobin.
"We anticipate downed trees, wires, and flooding," Tobin said.
Additional personnel are on standby to be called in depending on the needs of the community, he said.
Heavy rain is forecasted by the National Weather Service to begin Sunday night and continue through Tuesday.
Gov. Jack Markell declared a limited State of Emergency for the state Saturday afternoon and has ordered the mandatory evacuations for several communities.
A high wind watch is also in effect through Tuesday with gusts expected to reach 65 MPH.
The NWS has also issued flood and coastal flood watches for the entire area.
"We will be working in conjunction with the streets and electric department to respond to situations as they occur," Tobin said.
Weather services are predicting that the Delmarva Peninsula will experience heavy rain and high winds over a sustained period, which could result in widespread and extended power outages, Delmarva Power officials said in a press release Friday.
Police, DEMA, and the Middletown Volunteer Hose Company will work together if any evacuations are necessary, Tobin said.
Once Sandy makes landfall, bridges in New Castle County will be closed.
Many bay communities up and down the state will be evacuated.
Smyrna School District schools will be closed Monday and the Middle School will be used as a storm shelter beginning noon Sunday.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Saturday that all casinos in his state will be evacuated by 4 p.m. Sunday and also ordered Atlantic City to be evacuated.
The southeast side of Wilmington has also been ordered a mandatory evacuation effective Sunday.
All Delaware State Parks will close at 5 p.m. Sunday until further notice.