The folks at Sugarush figured a little sweet talk couldn’t hurt. (Click to enlarge)

The looming arrival of Hurricane Sandy lent an eerie vibe to an otherwise ordinary Sunday in autumn yesterday. Businesses in downtown Red Bank taped their windows as a precaution while the whitecapped Navesink River spilled over its banks at high tide, offering a preview of watery destruction yet to come.

Borough government and schools are to be closed Monday and Tuesday, with no sanitation or leaf pickups.

A sailboat at anchor in the Navesink off the Monmouth Boat Club at mid-afternoon Sunday. (Click to enlarge)

Restoration Hardware on Broad Street did what it could to prevent the need for a post-storm restoration. (Click to enlarge)