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Hurricane Sandy path: D.C. area makes early preps for potential storm

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It’s still unclear where Hurricane Sandy will go, but officials and residents are already preparing.

Huntington, Va. is already keeping track of the storm. The area is prone to flooding and residents expect the streets and basements will be hit hard if Sandy impacts our area. The storm is already responsible for two deaths in Jamaica.

“We’re in a flood area so it’s just natural,” says Clark McClish. “You know we’re going to get hit time and time again.”

At the Dominion Virginia operations center in Herndon, the company’s top officials met Wednesday to plan for the storm. They anticipate many of their 900,000 area customers may be impacted.

“We make sure we have the right material, our trucks are ready to go, our employees are aware…” says Rodney Blevins, VP of operations.

The sunny sky in Annapolis harbor kept the thought of stormy conditions far from most boaters’ minds, but Coast Guard officials say they are closely monitoring the forecast.

Over the next couple of days, District officials will be working on storm drains, many clogged with leaves. Mayor Vincent Gray has already started planning. Officials had a meeting Tuesday with DDOT and the Department of Public Works.

Utility companies have also had several meetings about the possibility of Sandy’s impact. Pepco says they already have contractors on lock down, just in case.

All area utility companies are urging customers to make sure they have their power company phone number in case the lights go off.

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