Low-lying and flood prone areas along the coast in Bristol have been ordered evacuated, Bristol Police confirmed Sunday evening.
There is no specific map of mandated evacuations at this time, police said, but residents in areas prone to flooding are ordered to leave their homes by 6 a.m. Monday.
A shelter has been opened at the Franklin Court Community Center, 150 Franklin St., Bristol.
Hurricane Sandy continued to churn up the East Coast Sunday, and deteriorating conditions are expected overnight, with the storm peaking in the afternoon hours. While the storm is still expected to make landfall in the New Jersey area, tropical storm force winds extend out more than 400 miles from the center, impacting millions all along the east coast.
Most of Rhode Island can expect heavy rain and winds up to 40 mph overnight. The storm should intensify in the morning into the afternoon, with 30-50 mph winds and inland gusts to 60 mph possible in the afternoon and evening. Coastal gusts could reach 70 mph.