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colleagues at accuweather are calling it, a nor'easter on steroids. right now about 420 miles south- southeast of charleston, 60 miles north of aveco island in the bahamas. this is going to take all weekend and you still have time to get rid for this saturday and part of sunday as well. it will start going downhill sunday around here. we believe it makes a landfall sometime monday night into tuesday morning and that's going to be anywhere within that cone but right now the hurricane center brings it in very close to the delaware bay, slightly north of us and it's still coming in as a category 1. it will very, very quickly transition into an extra tropical system and that's not a good thing by the way because what it's going to do is the wind field will broaden and we are going to have multiple states, brian with winds strong enough to create power outages and then you see wednesday at 2:00 it's still to our north, it's producing flooding rains and it's producing winds sustained at 40 to 50 with
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gusts to 60, 70 or 80 and i'm not even talking about the coast at this point. this is mostly inland. at the coast we are very, very concerned that we are going to have a historic storm surge very close to where it makes landfall or a little bit to the north. so in a nutshell breezy showers on saturday but still a good day to make preparations, get what you need in your house, prepare for potential of multiple days of power outages. we hope this scenario doesn't play out but we are preparing you for the worst and hoping for the best. we go down hill on sunday, worst effects monday night into tuesday night as the storm comes ashore and again, just to give you some idea, we are talking gusts of 40 to 60 plus over a number of hours, potentially 24 to 36 and possibility of four to 8 inches of rain or more. brian, one of the things the hurricane center always says is that we are still three days away, right? the track could be wrong by as much as 150 to 200 miles. so where it makes landfall and north it's going to get the worst. right now that could still be in play but we all need to take
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this carefully. >> the power does pepco have a plan. bob barnard has more. >> reporter: despite its best efforts, thi sandy could possibly leave some of its customers without electricity for a week or more and that's why we saw so many people in the home depot extort in bethesda today buying up all kinds of emergency supplies from flashlights to batteries, bottled water to generators, unfortunately this store was sold out of generators but they say they are hoping to get more in tomorrow. they got a big extra shipment in this morning and it went within an hour or so. now, sandy could be a doozie and yet, pop -- pepco officials are concerned but not everybody is getting worked up about it. >> we are totally ready, got the generator, got the food, got the attitude. >> and what's the attitude? >> i love to camp. >> you love to camp? >> i love to camp.
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>> give it a positive attitude. >> time with your family, get a fire going if it gets cold, roast marshmallows, smores, the whole thing, i'm ready. >> they are calling for sustained winds for very long periods of time. it is not safe for our crews to be working up in the aiin buckets while the winds are approximately 35 miles an hour so that will also delay our initial restoration efforts we will have to wait for the winds to die down before we are able to fully utilize our crews in the field. >> reporter: so unlike the drapeo which came and went so quickly this summer but did so much damage, sandy may be around a while, knocking down countless trees and powerlines. this pepco contractor was trimming trees in northwest d.c. this morning. pepco says it has activated his emergency teams as it prepares for the storm and it is calling in reinforcement, as many as 2500 linemen from utilities across the eastern seaboard and gulf states.
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again, even with time to prepare and all that tree trimming which is done year round, brian, pepco officials told us today some of their customers starting sunday night, monday, tuesday could be again without power for days on end. brian. >> bob barnard tonight. it is not power outages people are concerned about. they are also worried about the flooding. especially neighborhoods like the boomingdale district. earlier today city crews were out cleaning storm drains. >> dirt, all that type of stuff will be down. we are going to be out here working. >> getting ready for the storms, some are buying up batteries, other supplies make sure they are ready for whatever sandy throws our way. metro is preparing for possible effects in both metro bus and metro rail. placing sandbags around locations where water can infiltrate undergrout situaons -- underground situations. the maryland highway administration also making sure
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people who have to travel can do it safely. crews preparing by clearing drains, readying chainsaws and other equipment. major concerns significant tree damage and power outages. as a reminder, drivers must treat intersections with nonfunctioning traffic signals as four way stops. the state highway administration will provide realtime traffic information and road closures through the 511 phone system. stay with fox 5 as we track hurricane sandy. remember to download the fox 5 weather app for instant access to the forecast. it features live hd radar, updated videos from our meteorologists, weather alerts and more. you can also submit your weather pictures and video. 11 days away from election night and president obama, mitt romney trading jabs today. there are also concerns hurricane sandy is affecting the race. tom fitzgerald with that. >> reporter: the romney complained announced tonight they have decided to postpone a rally they were going to have in virginia beach on monday. meanwhile, president obama and former president clinton are
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due to campaign together in prince william county virginia on monday but right now campaign officials are telling us that that could change depending on hurricane sandy. meanwhile, g.o.p. presidential candidate mitt romney, he was in iowa today trying to take back a state that the president obama won in 2008. president obama for the most part stayed here in washington today giving a round of radio interviews in which he blasted romney adviser john sanunu's comment that powell's endorsement of the was both both are african-americans. governor romney showed his economic plans on the heels of a government report showing economic growth in the country was better than expected last month. >> this is an election of consequence. our campaign is about big things because we happen to believe that america faces big challenges. we recognize this is a year
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with a big choice and the american people want to see big changes. >> i don't think that there are many people in america who would question general powells credibility, his patriotism, his willingness to tell it straight and so any suggestion that general powell would make such a profound statement in such an important election based on anything than what he thought was whas going to be best for america, i think doesn't make much sense. >> and a couple of late breaking developments on this hurricane now. governor martin o'malley issued a statement today saying ad warning maryland residents that hurricane sandy could affect early voting in maryland. that is due to run between saturday, october 27th, and november 1st. brian, the governor reminded people in maryland that under
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election law in maryland, he has the right to extend or replace certain parts of early voting. there is no word on thatyet but the governor says his office is aware of it. also the white house tonight saying that president obama has spoken with the peoplea administrator -- fema administrator, in the president and white house's word directing the fema administrator -- to support local and state responders. >> coming up at 6:30 tonight, fox 5 news as you decide 2012 focuses on both national candidates and issues during these final two weeks of the campaign. a news alert from nevada, senate majority leader harry reid is in a las vegas hospital after his motorcade was involved in an accident. happened late this afternoon. spokesman says six vehicles were involved in the chain reaction crash involving four vehics in reid's caravan. right now no word on his condition. we are told his injuries are nonlife threatening. much more straight ahead here on the news edge.
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lindsay, what's going on in sports? >> coming up, london fletcher's health, and the redskins, their defense talks about the challenge of facing big ben. those stories later in sports as the news edge at 6:00 continues. inues.  >> this is fox 5 news edge at 6:00.   join us monday morning starting at 4:00 a.m. for all your team coverage. >> fox 5 morning news, the best thing first thing in the morning. mitt romney: do i believe the supreme court... should overturn roe v. wade? yes. and it would be my preference that they, that they... reverse roe v. wade. hopefully reverse roe v. wade.
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still a bit of uncertainty about the path of hurricane sandy but are predictions the east coast could get pounded in some way or another, possibly snow out in the appalachian mountains, in western maryland widespread power outages possible as well so utility companies are gearing up. ahead of the storm today, virginia governor bob mcdonald declared a state of emergency and he joins united states live tonight -- joins us live tonight by phone.
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what's your advantage by declaring a state of emergency so far in advance? >> we always try to be prepared in advance and what this does is allow us to call up various resources, extra state police, the national guard which we have about 70 or 80 soldiers now that have been called up. it allows local governments to make decisions about shelters, about local mandatory evacuations, depending on the flooding potential in their area, curfews and so forth. and basically allows us to stand up the operation centers around the state and have better coordination. we want to be ready. this is an unusual storm with a tropical event from the south and a cold front from the west that really, it looks like a long standing event, maybe four days of wind and rain and that's very unusual. >> what is your biggest concern for your state during this storm? >> well, i think sustained rains softened the ground. we've got gusts that are going to be anywhere 60, 80 miles an hour near the coast and maybe
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40, 50 inland and trees still full canopies, we expect a lot of downed trees and that means a lot of powerlines being down and maybe for a period of time with our cold front behind it. so that's our biggest concern, is people getting hurt, being out with trees falling or powerlines being down. that's the concern we are bracing for and dominion has asked another 2000 people from other states to come in and help us in virginia so we can be ready. >> appreciate your time tonight and i know it's going to be a busy next couple of days or so. wish you luck. >> thank you, brian. >> thank you. stay with fox 5 as we track hurricane sandy and as we head to break it was a wild start to the day at an office in jackson, mississippi. an 80-pound deer broke into the building and wrecked the break room. he topped over boxes and furniture before animal control arrived. authorities were able to catch the animal and release it into the wild. wild. teacher: this is west virginia, pennsylvania, delaware.
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these are busy days in the weather center. >> yes, they are. >> what are we looking for as -- this is going to play out sort of like a slow moving crash, you know, so as it plays out and we can't pay attention 24/7, what are we looking for as far as milestones on updates on the path of the storm? do they come in every hour, every couple of hours? >> i think tonight and tomorrow, we are going to have some of the best guidance we have had on this and here's why, brian, because i was in on a conference earlier today that took about 45 minutes. the models don't know how to handle a storm like this. this is a storm that's going to be phasing. so what they are doing is they are sending up extra weather balloons and they are second a knowwa know -- what we want are
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the spaghetti models to get closer together so we know who is getting what and when and i think we will have a very good idea in the next 24 hours. we know it's slow, though, and we sort of don't focus on exactly where it makes landfall because it's going to have a huge, huge impact across much of the mid-atlantic and up into the northeast. i wish we could say it's not going to make this turn folks but there's a 90% chance it will do that as of this afternoon. go ahead and give you a look outside. we are glad to have today and tomorrow and part of sunday to be perfectly honest to get ready for this, unlike the derecho this summer where it slammed us, we've got a lot of people getting ready and in position and if i had to say one thing to you today, prepare for power outages. i think that's going to be a problem and it could take a few days, so do what you have to do to get your house ready, get supplies in, make sure you have your batteries, clean those storm drains out, gas up your car just in case some of these gas stations lose power, get a
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little bit of cash too because during the derecho some stores were not able to run their cash registers and either had to write your information down or ask for cash. here is the very latest. the storm system still far to our south and moving slowly. definitely affecting florida with its outer bands but not as bad as it could be as it gets farther up to the north. let's put it in motion so you can see we have some of the cloud deck from hurricane sandy which is a category 1, we showed the track a little bit ago and basically it looks right now as if this thing is going to come in somewhere close to the delaware bay monday night and into tuesday, so this is going to be a multiple day event. but the worst of it monday, tuesday and then it lolly gags up through pennsylvania. so why is this so bad? it has a lot to do with the fact that it's a winter system that's coming that's going to bring the first significant snow to many parts of the country with a tropical system that atlantic ocean is still warm, the gulf stream is active and i want to show you our tropical models here because
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they are title cluster with the -- let's take this forward in time because there's still a little bit of a wide configuration of these models but enough of them are saying it is going to turn in, that that's why we have to say from the mid-atlantic up to new england, everybody has to watch and again the worst of it will be monday and tuesday but notice how so many of the tracks take it up here to pennsylvania and then loop it around again so if it's up to our north we are still going to have effects of the winds, rain, river flooding could be a problem. we know it's going to produce heavy rain, coastal areas really taking a pounding. six to 8 inches along our coast, four to 6 inches in the immediate metro area, at least and again some of these things could change because the exact path could also change, still three days away, we could be off about 150 to 200 miles. we are going to send it down to our reporter at our fox affiliate, our sister station in cocoa beach, jennifer. thank you for joining us. tell us what it has been like down there because you're still
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pretty far away from hurricane sandy. >> reporter: yeah, we are but i have to tell you, hurricane sandy is basically whipping up some rough surf, rough winds all here along our coast and i'm going to get out of the way so you guys can see here. so this wave so strong up to 12 feet in certain areas. it keeps slamming against the pier there as you can see and so beach officials tell us basically they have no -- they basically tell us that they didn't have any rescues today because there weren't a lot of swimmers in the water but there were lots of onlookers here today, a lot of them up on the pier now. they have gone up there as basically the rain ban as come down and again to your point, sandy is about 200 miles here from florida but we are definitely feeling it here, you know, winds of up to 55 miles per hour and to give you an idea of how windy it was here or is here, while we were driving here, the cars basically on the road swaying from side to side. you know, we have a wind advisory in effect until 8:00 tonight and all and all beach officials again saying if you don't have to come out here,
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don't because it's pretty dangerous. >> it's amazing to see what it's doing down there in florida, some 200 miles off the coast and we have to prepare for a land falling system that will then be broadening out that wind field so thank you very much. stay safe down there we appreciate seeing what is to come in our future. let's go to our fox 5 accuweather seven-day forecast. tomorrow up to 70 degrees even though a lot of clouds and a few showers. sunday we will also feature a few showers and starts getting cooler to 61 degrees but really monday as we see things really deteriorating quite a bit and into monday night and tuesday, my big concern again, power outages and falling trees so in this monday, tuesday time frame, try to batten down the hatches as much as you can depending on the track of this system which we will be watching for you all weekend long, wednesday, thursday and friday, temperatures in the 50s, we actually don't know what's going to happen down the road. i have to say that we may still be talking about sandy even on halloween. we will be right back with more of the news edge at 6:00.
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good evening. i'm lindsay murphy. the redskins are set to road tomorrow for pittsburgh and they will for sure be without wide receiver and brandon meriweather. brandon fletcher dealing with a sore hamstring and having balance issues and yesterday went to a neurologist for testing. he does not have a concussion, however, he is still being evaluated for the balance problems. fletcher did have a full practice today, the first time all week. he will continue to be watched the next 48 hours to see if he is able to play. at this time his streak of 231 consecutive games played could be in jeopardy but as always, safety first. >> well, number 1, he's going to feel -- he's got to feel comfortable because you can't go out there if you've got balance issues and plays, everybody knows that. but relative to the hamstring, i can't tell you until probably 48 hours from now or close to it when he works out before the game and he tries to push it
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harder than he did today. >> with or without london it does not get any easier for the redskins defense this week. their next task to try to slow down big ben rockettes roethlisberger. this touchdown to tight end health miller. he's already won two supertitles since joining the steelers in 2004 and the redskins know he won't be very easy to take down. >> ben is a guy that can extend the play, he's not going to scramble but he's creative in that back field. he -- you know, as a decent lineman, he's got to rush six, seven seconds as opposed to two to three. the play is going to keep going and we are going to have a lot of bodies rolling in and out and do our part to help out the defense. >> 326 nfl games have now been lost as today the league announced that all games through november 30th have been cancelled and the prospect of a full regular season has been lost.
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as of right now, 26% of the season has been wiped out and the league's most recent offer including a 50/50 split of revenue with the players has been taken off the player because the league won't play a full regular season. there was a good crowd on hand this afternoon at the green turtle in fairfax for the official weigh-in between tony bow beta jetta taking on jimmy lang. they will be the main attraction tomorrow night at the patriots center. in the middle weight bout lang came into the studios over a week ago. dave ross caught up with jimmy to see if things have changed. >> a week and a half ago we had you on and now 24 hours away how do you feel? >> i'm a little nastier than when i saw you before. it will be a good night. >> got to love jimmy lang. this fight is being called the battle of the belt ways. that's a wrap on sports. >> thanks. send it down to sue palka looking at the latest models on hurricane sandy. >> what i wanted to show you
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here, brian is our futurecast, giving you an idea of when to expect the heaviest rain, the very heavy rain down to our south now. we start to see a few showers around here saturday afternoon but you can see the bulk of it is still down to our south, watch what happens as we go forward in time sunday, some of that heavy rain beginning to move in, looks like the outer banks will be getting also a lot of heavy rain but we still can get things done around here on sunday. now, we head into sunday night, some of that heaviest rain coming in, look at the snow in the mountains and monday morning that's when we are expecting to see quite a lot of heavy rain and that will continue into monday and tuesday, brian so we have a lot of rain and a lot of wind to get through. we are going to keep you ahead of it in the weather center. >> thank you, sue. fox 5 news edge you decide 2012 coming up next. ike leggett: gaming generated one hundred and eighty...
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