With the worst of the storm yet to come Monday afternoon, a number of roadways in Middletown are reaching the point where they will soon be impassable, police said.
"The worst of the storm is not here yet," said Middletown Police Chief Henry Tobin.
Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall in either southern New Jersey or central Delaware between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Monday evening.
Hurricane conditions are forecasted to last until 4 a.m. Tuesday, followed again by the tropical storm weather.
The town of Middletown made the decision to close its office Tuesday Monday afternoon, said Theresa Berry, of the town's human resources department. Only essential town employees are required to report to work.
Members of the Delaware National Guard are in place in Middletown and Middletown High School is being used as an evacuation shelter.
Tobin said that the town has not had any requests for evacuation yet.
Power outages are beginning to be reported around New Castle County.
Many residents reported on Facebook Monday afternoon that they still have power, but that the Coventry on Airport Road had lost power.
Any residents who need to report a power outage should call (302) 378-2711.
There were intermit outages in town earlier Monday, Barry said, but the transformer was fixed and she said that not many people were without power before 3 p.m.
Appoquinimink schools will remain closed Tuesday.