TODAY | October 29, 2012
>>> mayor bloomberg has evacuated the low-lying areas of manhattan island . more on that in a couple of minutes. to our east in connecticut they are braced for possible historic flooding. as you saw a moment ago, a storm surge of 6 to 11 feet along some parts of the connecticut coastline. nbc's katy tur is in mystic. good morning to you.
>> reporter: good morning, matt. that's certainly the big concern. we were out here last night, and the wind wasn't so steady. there were wind gusts. the winds have gotten steadier as the morning has gone on. stronger gusts coming here and there. but the big concern isn't necessarily the rain. it hasn't started raining here. there won't be a lot of rain up here. the rain will be down to the south. here what they are really concerned about is the storm surge . this is the long island sound. it's already come up about 10 feet since we get here about an hour and a half ago this morning. it's expected to come up a lot farther. it will come up totally on this shore and be significantly higher on the coastal areas. that is the major concern here, the flooding. the governor in a press conference yesterday said that he thinks that this is going to be the worst threat to human life that they have seen in this state in years. that sounds very dramatic, but it isn't so when you think about what irene did to connecticut last year. irene , many people in new york and new jersey rolled their eyes at it and said it wasn't a very big deal . here in connecticut it was a very big deal . here in fairfield there were houses with not just broken windows , houses knocked off foundation and thrown into the water. they expect this to be even worse , the storm surge to be even worse here than it was during irene . so that's the major concern. there's the mandatory evacuations up and down the connecticut coast. the good news is that most people are heeding those evacuation orders. the other big concern is power outages. all the wind they are expecting to get up here, because the wind is going to be very strong up on the northern edge of this storm. the wind will cause a lot of power outages along with that flooding. they expect -- connecticut light and power expect as many as 600,000 people to be without power here in connecticut for days on end. during irene they were without power for days on end as well so everybody in connecticut is expecting the worst and heeding the orders and just trying to prepare for t.matt?
>> all right. katy tur in mystic, connecticut . thanks. connecticut 's governor