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Washington DC Area Prepares for Hurricane Sandy (also being called the Frankenstorm)

By October 28, 2012

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The Washington DC area began bracing for Hurricane Sandy this weekend as forecasters have predicted the storm to be a rare event for the Mid-Atlantic region with the potential to cause major damage. The storm is expected to begin Sunday evening with relentless rains, winds and flooding for several days. Forecasters are predicting 4" to 8" of rain to fall between Sunday night and Wednesday, with tropical-storm-force winds of 40-60 miles per hour with gusts up to hurricane strength of 75 miles per hour.

Falling just before Halloween, the hurricane is now being been called the Frankenstorm. Each state in the Mid-Atlantic region has declared a state of emergency and many events will be canceled. The power companies have made preparations for dealing with downed trees and power lines. You can plan ahead and find out who to call and how to cope with a power outage in the Washington DC area.

You should remember to dial 911 for emergencies only. To report trees down after the storm, call 311. Here are some additional tips to prepare for the hurricane:
  • Put copies of important documents in a waterproof container.

  • Make sure your vehicle gas tanks are full.

  • Secure or bring inside exterior items that might become windborne, such as lawn furniture, toys and garden tools.

  • Find flashlights and be sure to have extra batteries, a basic first aid kit, emergency food and water, and a non-electric can opener.
Read more about emergency preparedness and disaster plans in the Washington DC area.

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