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could have gotten me one. i did. try the unmistakable flavor of dunkin' donuts smoked sausage breakfast sandwich. hurry in today. america runs on dunkin'. this is fox 5 news at 10:00. >> we have been without power. >> the entire house shook. >> the day after sandy. the clean-up is underway across the d.c. area. homes and businesses damaged by
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falling trees. >> i measured some screaming and that's when i moved into the -- heard some screaming and that's when i moved into the hallway to try to find my kid and family. >> new york and new jersey are reeling. >> the level of devastation at the jersey shore is unthinkable. >> tonight fox 5 is covering sandy's aftermath from every angle. thanks for joining us tonight. i'm brian bolter. >> i'm shawn yancy. here are some of the latest headlines now from sandy's aftermath. officials estimate the super storm killed at least 50 people, 8.2 million people without power in states as far as michigan. >> now tonight flooding fears along the potomac river. let's begin the coverage with fox 5's will thomas in alexandria. >> reporter: as you know, we are often here in old town alexandria during our storm coverage at the water he is edge at the end of king street. that's where we are right now. we've been pushed back a bit
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because indeed there has been flooding. the preparations have paid off. the potomac has spilled over the en. you jean, you're going to push -- edge. eugene, you're going to give people a better idea where we are about a block, block and a half under water right now. the concern and most challenging time of the day was 9:00 this evening. that was high tide. rainwater from the potomac's basin made its way downriver. volunteers did hand out sandbags. business owners absolutely used them. as the water pushes up, here's the rule of thumb from the fire marshal. if you have a business and the water come within bout a foot of your door, time to evacuate, get everybody out. we are also seeing an awful hot of onlookers. >> people come -- lot of onlookers. >> people come down and go how are we dealing with the shops being flooded? what they do is close it up, raise their furniture up off the floor and deal with it. they've been doing this for -- i've been here 55 years.
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i've seen it worse. >> reporter: a few trees have come down as well in old town like this one. it partially fell into a house. we're told the owner was away at the time. back out live here again on ing street in old town alexandria as you heard from that resident, he said he'd lived here about 50 five years. yes, the business owners have been through this time and time again. they take the furniture up, evacuate everyone out, customers and employees and here's something else that often works to their advantage. a lot of these buildings are not drywall. they're stone. so the water comes up. you can even see the line of demar indication. when -- degrees marcat demarcation. we'll havenother update on the news edge at 11:00. >> sue palka in the weather center with flooding conditions and sandy's current position. >> you can see it spinning up
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through central pennsylvania, certainly a lot weaker than yesterday but still producing rain, a general weakening process taking place rather quickly, but it will be a while before this storm exits. heavy rain has begun to fill those rivers. we just went through a cycle on the tidal potomac. we'll go through another one tomorrow morning into thursday. we'll say this is probably going to be moderate flooding for the tidal potomac through friday afternoon and the worst of it just might be thursday morning between midnight and about 4 a.m. so this is what we're talking about with moderate flooding, 3 to 4 feet above your normal high tide. we just went through a high tide cycle and that's why the water is so high down there. tomorrow morning at the washington channel next high tide 9:48. in alexandria once again we could see waters coming up pretty high. there is a slight chance thursday morning when the crest
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comes down the river that this could be even bigger and maybe even get into more major type flooding. so we'll watch for that for you. meanwhile there are other coastal advisories for the bay and out toward the atlantic as water remains high and also we have a nearly full moon. it was full yesterday and also a lot of water. this is kind of an estimate what happened in the last 24 hours. many of these totals are now feeding into the potomac river. in general 4, 5, 6 inches of rai people should watch not just the potomac, but all the other small stream and rivers and the monacacy and rappahannock will all be running high and we have to be very careful the next several days. we have a few important notes to pass along. the federal government will be open tomorrow. employees still have the option for unscheduled leave or you can telework. you can find more information on the cancellations and information scrolling at the bottom of your screen. the latest on the power outages. dominion virginia has gotten about 100,000 customers back online since the worst of the
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outages. they now have about 45,700 customers in the dark. pepco and bge have about 2,700 customers without power. people who live in montgomery county are also recovering from this storm. officials say they were prepared for the worst, but fortunately the worst did not happen. fox 5's bob barnard has the story. >> reporter: about the worst we've seen is what happened here on glenn cove parkway in bethesda. part of a hollow red maple fell onto the house, another crashing into the car parked out front. this is why so many of us feared what sand would bring and yet there's a pal -- sandy would bring and yet there's a palpable sense of relief at least here in montgomery county. >> we have been very lucky. we've been without power and know how that feels. >> reporter: there's a good bit of work still to to do but the damage is not uniformally widespread or uniform. all one of these workers had to
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do was flip a switch to get the lights back on in one small subdivision in kevin john. >> they must have been doing something right. >> reporter: david hogan referring to pepco. >> i certainly give them the blame when things don't go right, so give them some credit this right. >> reporter: this is willard avenue in bethesda blocked by a fallen tree on a utility pole, but the lights are still on. one driver forced to turn around was a restoration appraiser. >> most stuff we're getting on fairly on the small side at the moment, but it's a mixture. i'm not seeing everything because i'm only one estimator in the company, but so far it's little stuff. >> reporter: in all more than four dozen roads in montgomery county were closed due to downed trees or power lines or floodwaters county officials saying we dodged a bullet, but some are still on edge. >> i'm worried. the ground is really wet and there are lots of big trees. i'm afraid it will come down and then we'll still be out for five days like we usually are. >> will you come for a treat or for a trick?
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>> reporter: while outdoor halloween decorations got battered by the storm, many like ron kinsey are expecting the holiday tradition to continue. >> kids are ready to trick-or- treat. so i hope it goes on. >> reporter: one good sign? montgomery county schools closed yesterday and today will reopen tomorrow. ibethesda, bob barnard, fox 5 news. in the district damage less than expected there, but sandy still unleashed her fury. in the 3500 block of idaho avenue northwest a tree fell onto the corner of this house. the four people inside got out safely. no one was hurt. d.c. mayor vincent gray toured the city today to get a sense of the damage widespread in the district. new york city, new jersey reeling from the effects of sandy today. millions got their first good look at the damage. fox's craig boswell is in absecon new jersey with the story. >> reporter: the long arduous task of dang assessment is just
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beginning as people begin -- damage assessment is just beginning as people begin to pick up the pieces left in sandy's wake. president obama warns sandy is still pounding portions of the country. >> it is still moving north. there are still communities that could be affected. so i want to emphasize there are still risks of flooding, still risks of downed power lines and high winds. >> reporter: downed power lines are part of the damage across southern new jersey where sandy made landfall last night. millions are without power in 17 states with no concrete tame table as to when the lights will -- timetable as to when the lights will come back on. >> during hurricane irene full restoration took eight days. for hurricane sandy full restoration may take longer. >> reporter: new jersey governor chris christie took a 4 1/2 hour long helicopter tour of devastated areas in his state. he's thanking volunteers and first responders and comforting those who have lost everything. >> very difficult time. very difficult day.
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so we just start. we survived. >> reporter: new jersey is not the only state recovering today. new york governor andrew cuomo was also touring damage in manhattan where underground tunnels and subway stations are full of corrosive seawater. even still officials are saying the worst is behind them. >> it's the beginning of a process that we all know will take a while, but this is the end of the down side and hopefully from here is going up. >> reporter: as the storm now moves towards canada, an air travel tracking website says more than 18,000 flights have been canceled due to the storm. in absecon, new jersey, craig boswell, fox news. ocean city took a beating. guess we're not going to do that story. which story you guys want to do? all right. let's go to karen gray houston. she has more on a tree that fell into a house. >> reporter: brain and shea cameron are survivors. it's a miracle really they are
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alive. >> the tree as it came through the living room extends to the 18-month-old's -- crushed the crib, so luckily she wasn't in there. >> your sister is the nurse that helped my child out. >> reporter: shea was on the couch in the living room. brian was cooking in the kitchen. their two children were playing in a hallway when the huge tree next-door came crashing right down the middle of their house. >> it was like lumber cracking and obviously it was a big bang cracking and then i turned around. all i success of insulation flying. >> reporter: they heard scream -- saw was on insulation flying. >> reporter: they heard -- saw was insulation flying. >> reporter: they heard scream and crying. it was the children. >> she got the scratching on the face from the sheetrock was the worst part of all it. >> reporter: it's hard to believe no one was seriously hurt. all day curiosity seekers came by to gawk and take pictures and ask about who lived here.
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the family has an amazingly good attitude about everything. >> how can you not? we all came out alive? we may lose everything, but we have each other, so -- >> reporter: funny thing. they had done all the hurricane prepping. >> yeah. we had water. we had canned food. >> reporter: brian was cooking dessert. >> i was like okay, you not what? maybe we should do dinner early. that way if the power goes out at 6:00, we're good. we can eat candlelight. kids were like yeah, yeah. 4:00 that tree came through my house. >> reporter: neighbors have been stopping by offering assistance. >> there have been people coming by all day long just wanting to express their compassion and wanting to help actually. >> reporter: the camerons are staying in a hotel. they say they're going to take it one day at a time and one more thing. what's the dessert? >> apple crisp. >> apples are still there in the bowl with a little bit of insulation. >> reporter: in dumfries, virginia, karen gray houston,
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fox 5 news. ocean city took a beating from hurricane sandy. coming up a look at the destruction there from a damaged pier to the flooded businesses. >> also we'll hear from travelers stranded in the district. we'll let you know when they'll be able to get back on the rails or back in the air. [ mitt romney ] we have to work on a collaborative basis.
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look, the reason i'm in this race is there are people that are really hurting today in this country. and we face this deficit -- could crush the future generations. and republicans and democrats both love america but we need to have leadership -- leadership in washington that will actually bring people together and get the job done and could not care less if it's a republican or a democrat. i've done it before, i'll do again. i'm mitt romney, and i approve this message. whatat mitt romney's tv ads say about women? i'm mitt romney, or what mitt romney himself says? 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. overturn roe v. wade. planned parenthood, we're going to get rid of that.
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i'll cut off funding to planned parenthood. anncr: no matter what mitt romney's ads say. we know what he'll do. president obama: i'm barack obama and... i approve this message. one of our region's most popular beach resorts was shredded by super storm sandy, ocean city, in the middle of clean-up mode tone shaken business owners -- tonight shaken business owners looking at weeks and months of clean- up, maybe more. >> reporter: most people think of the storm surge from the ocean, but hurricane sandy did the biggest damage here along the bay. docks ripped to shreds wash into the streets and slammed into houses. in ocean city hurricane sandy's 7-foot surge from the bay turned into the worst case scenario. >> the bay came all the way up to roughly about here.
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>> reporter: water from the bay flooded streets, blocked the way. >> it's the highest i've ever seen it. i've ridden out a couple of storms before, but nothing like this before. it was a little hairy. winds were blowing really hard. >> reporter: floodwaters inundated mackey's restaurant on all sides. at the island no sign of the dock and gazebo. the town hasn't seen a storm like this in more than 30 years, not since hurricane gloria. on edgewater street homes built over the bay took a beating. >> this was completely open when i got here. >> reporter: megan finn returned home to discover water leaking in and worse, the hurricane damaged the pilings holding up her family's home. this cap here on the bay appears to be sinking. you can look up here and see the ceiling beginning to crack and this corner seems to be shifting. >> we have a diver coming in to look at it and the back of it does look compromised. >> reporter: along the
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boardwalk the seawall held up, but there was no protection for the town's landmark fishing pier wiped out by the pounding waves. >> the pier didn't survive so well. we did lose the key portion of the pier, probably about 100 feet of the pier, due to the pilings buckling. >> reporter: the national guard evacuated about 50 people during the storm. most of them are people who failed to leave areas where mandatory evacuations had been ordered. still the town had no deaths or injuries. >> this story is over. we're ready to open up. >> reporter: and the town will be more than happy not to see the likes of sandy or any other storm for quite a while. >> it was basically like you were on a camping trip that wasn't any fun. >> reporter: asked if the town dodged a bullet, the mayor said no. despite all this damage he said they knew what hurricane sandy could bring and they were prepared. in ocean city sherri ly, fox 5 news. metro is back up and running tonight, but with
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limited service. trains and buses started running at 2:00 this afternoon but are operating on a sunday schedule. the entire system is expected to resume normal operations tomorrow morning including metro access service which is news customers were happy to hear. >> i was getting cabin fever, so it feels food to be able to go out and have a bite to eat and not eat tuna or other canned goods that i bought in preparation for the storm. >> metro is warning some bus routes could be affected by flooding and blocked roadways. so give yourself some extra time to get around. hurricane sandy whipped up all sorts of trouble for people trying to get in and out of the washington region. there was no amtrak and marc service and most flights out of our three major ain'ts were canceled. fox 5 -- airports were canceled. fox 5's paul wagner has the latest. >> reporter: inside the airport this morning there was no ambiguity on the boards,
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raiding the rails was not meant to be -- riding the rails was not meant to be. >> i got a voice message from amtrak outside of alexandria, virginia, that i couldn't get home from washington to chicago. i could have stayed in orlando. >> reporter: it's got to be very frustrating. >> it is frustrating and i'm missing halloween, so i'm unhappy. >> reporter: tony murray is not the only one. other passengers have been stranded here since sunday night wait for word when amtrak will re-- waiting for word when amtrak will resume service. you've been here two days with nothing to do. >> walk to the door to see the rain and wind and come back in and just make friends with people that are going through the same thing that i'm going through. >> reporter: both women said information was scarce. at national airport terminal c was nearly empty with the departure board showing just a few flights taking off this afternoon. most of them were to warm weather climates. >> we're seeing airline goes back to very limited service today. at dulles international they
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received their first night around 11:00 this morning and at national around 1 p.m. >> reporter: coming in? >> yes. arriving flights. it will take several days for airlines to return to normal operations. >> reporter: most of the flights coming and going from national were delta airlines flights like the inside of terminal c, the outside empty as well. amtrak expects to have some limited service on wednesday, but the problems persist in flooding on the tracks, electrical problems, trees that are down and then tracks that they don't control, basically it's in the hands of other companies that have to make those repairs. amtrak can only control what's within their control. at union station paul wagner, fox 5 news. we're following other storibombs have exploded outside several virginia homes, the latest just this morning. police update us on the investigation next. >> hurricane sandy created a wild dangerous situation in
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maryland. we have new video coming up on the news edge at 11:00. anncr: which do you believe?
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three pipe bombs explode at three different homes in stafford county in fredericksburg, virginia, and sheriffs say the man responsible targeted his ex- girl friend's house in fredericksburg and homes in stafford with connection with two law enforcement officers. the explosion set off today caused significant damage. >> detectives did find the remnants of an incendiary device inside the residence and we did call in a bomb detection dog from the virginia state police to assist us in clearing the rest of the house to make
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sure there weren't any other devices. >> despite all the damage to the houses no one was hurt. police have not yet released the man's name. federal, state and local authorities are looking for him. a health alert as the death toll climbs in the meningitis outbreak. there are now 28 dead from the fungal strain believed to be caused by steroid injections for back pain. the number of cases is now up to 363 in 19 states, 20 in maryland with one dead. 44 in virginia with two dead. still no cases in the district. this type of meningitis is not contagious. it can only come from the medication used in those injections. the presidential election exactly one week away. how will sandy's aftermath affect the race? >> also ahead tonight millions of gallons of raw sewage spilled into a local river during the storm. we'll tell you how it happened and what the county is telling its residents.
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10:00. the presidential election is just a week away, but politics right now taking a back seat to super storm sandy. tomorrow president obama will head to new jersey to get a first hand look at the damage. earlier today he dropped by the red cross headquarters in northwest d.c. to thank everyone. >> the reason we're here is because the red cross knows what it's doing when it comes to emergency response. so people all across the country who have not been affected, now is the time to show the kind of generosity that makes america the greatest nation on earth. >> gop presidential candidate mitt romney also canceled his campaign events today. he spent a chunk of time in the key battleground state of ohio. romney and his team of volunteers checked food and other donations at a storm relief center in kettering. >> we won't be able to solve all the problems with our effort this morning, though a lot of people will still be looking for goods even though we've gathered these things as you know, but i know that one of the things i've learned in life is that you make the
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difference you can. >> romney will return to the campaign trail tomorrow. he will make appearances in florida. sandy brought an unwanted october surprise to the presidential race. fox 5 political analyst mark plotkin joins us. thanks so much for being here tonight. >> good to be here. >> let's start off with the impact sandy could have on this election. we know both campaigns suspended activities the past few days. president obama will be on the ground in new jersey tomorrow. mitt romney we saw there taking food donations in ohio. any fallout from this? >> what it does is affect their travel schedule. they're going about seven battleground states. now they have to make real clear decisions which they're going to emphasize and which they're going to discard. so they don't have the luxury of scotching around going around the country with so many different states. they'll have to be much more precise about which time and which place they're going to concentrate on. >> let's talk about some of those key battleground states. of course, we know ohio has been almost no. 1 on the list. what is going on there that
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could impact the outcome of this election? >> you have a possible scenario, everybody says and i've said it repeatedly and i'll say it again, no republican has been elected without ohio and since 1960 when john kennedy lost no democrat has won without ohio. having said that there is a possible scenario by which romney can actually lose ohio, be the first republican ever, but if he won these states, that is, new hampshire, wisconsin, colorado, north carolina, florida and lastly and most important virginia. so there are all these different similations that can go on and the president is trying to -- his strongest suit is the auto bailout in ohio and saying that he was responsible for the good job figures that are there and that's what he's trying to stress in that state. >> we know this race is just tighter than ever as we come down to the final stretch. what, if any, signs are you seeing these campaigns may be
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in trouble in some of those key battleground states? >> bill clinton going to minnesota and buying time in minnesota. minnesota has not been considered anything but an obama lock. they're buying time, obama campaign in michigan. that wasn't considered something that the president -- a state that the president should worry about and finally biden being sent back to his hometown of scranton, p.a., working class joe being asked to go there. any time, shawn, they go back to places which were supposed to be in their pocket, that's trouble. >> all right. thanks so much for breaking it down for us tonight, mark plotkin. the sewage treatment system that serves the vast majority of homes in howard county is back in operation now. tens of millions of gallons of raw sewage, though, discharged into the little patuxent river before electricity was restored to the plant. tonight county officials are
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asking pointed questions. fox 5's john henrehan has more. >> reporter: officials in howard county call this complex their water reclamation plant because after sewage is treated the water is clean enough to discharge into the little patuxent river. it takes an immense amount of electricity to run this sewage treatment facility. so it's supplied by two different electrical feeder lines, one underground near the plant and another that comes across the river. during the storm on monday the underground line failed around 8:00 in the evening. then the above ground line was knocked down by falling trees around 10:40 p.m. the plant does have a large backup generator, but it's designed to keep things going for only 15 to 30 minutes. so for about 12 hours raw sewage was dumped into the river at the rate of approximately 2 million gallons an hour. bge workers arrived here around dawn far later than county officials expected. >> i made it clear to directly the president of bge two days
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ago this was our no. 1 priority, made it clear again this morning. unfortunately crews were not dispatched to assess the situation until this morning about 6:30. >> reporter: because of the complicated nature of sewage treatment, it will take days to fully restore the process here. >> we're moving hydraulically all the product through the plant, getting the plant to perform at 100% will take about four or five days because it's a biological process that's pretty upset right now. we'll get things working better and better as days go on. >> reporter: does that mean some of the stuff going into the river is still untreated? >> it's treated to probably 95% of the standard. we'll probably even make permit. >> reporter: because of the volume of rain dumped into the little patuxent river, county officials believe the 25 million-gallon sewage discharge is not a health hazard. they do recommend against wading in the river the next few days. a bge spokesman told us it was trees coming down that killed
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boat feeder lines. turns out the -- both feeder lines. turns out the underground feeder line has some sort of aerial component and it was a tree down there that cut the electricity. because of the gusty overnight winds the utility could not put bucket crews here. they couldn't put buckets in the air and waited until dawn when they could safely repair the lines. the county executive here is not satisfied with that explanation. he wants an after action report with the intent of this minimizing the chances of this ever happening again. in howard county john henrehan, fox news. we are continuing to tour the local damage that sandy left behind. up next one of the hardest hit areas, plus a homeowner tells us about her close call last night.   >> this fox 5 stock market report is brought to you by your lexus dealer. live life heroically.  [ male announcer ] citibank's app for ipad
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things are calming down in fairfax county tonight after sandy shut down the area, put there is still plenty of work out there to be done. fox 5's beth parker reports from annandale. >> reporter: from this spot on his roof norm richards has a pretty good view of prosperity avenue. it wasn't all that prosperous today. >> there's water dripping through the living room, just a little drop and i'm upset because that's why we spent all this money to have a new roof put on so we wouldn't have to deal with roof. >> reporter: a leaky roof and no electricity here in the pine ridge neighborhood in fairfax county with some wood and a blue tarp, a temporary repair being made by richards. not far away we find the spot that might be the cause of that power outage on prosperity, a tree down below, a bucket truck up above. wires hang in the path.
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randy strock and this tree crew came up from south carolina and they will be working long days. >> probably about 12 hours. >> reporter: now this is in annandale, this huge tree in somebody's front yard actually split in half at the bottom. it happened around 7:00 monday night. it tore the driveway right out of the ground. >> one went left and one went to the right. >> no more shade, plenty of sun. >> reporter: that giant oak tree that fell in the neighbor's yard missed clara reynolds' house by inches. >> oh, i'm so relieved. it was a great relief, especially since it didn't hit either house. >> reporter: didn't hit a house and didn't hit any passing cars. clara had just dozed off when she heard the enormous crack. >> very frightening. >> reporter: how loud? >> real loud, loud enough to you could probably have heard it a couple blocks. >> reporter: she's without power, too, but somewhat relieved that this tall tree she fretted about for so many years is now gone. >> well, i'm kind of thankful
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for sandy so i don't have to worry about the tree anymore. >> reporter: now the sign on this business here in annandale says sandy is coming. of course, sandy has come and gone. schools reopen tomorrow. absentee voting is resuming here in fairfax county and things are getting back to normal. in annandale beth parker, fox 5 news. tonight at 11:00 popular tourist destinations are washed into the sea. >> i've looked at every station at the jersey -- that look at devastation at jersey shore is unthinkable. >> and d'angelo hall tries to explain the tirade that got him kicked off the field at 11:00. anncr: seven-hundred-thousand jobs.
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pepco getting high marks for how it handled this storm. 90% of their customers will have power restored by tomorrow morning. some are crediting it to
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lessons learned from the derecho storm. i would imagine that's probably your take, too right, that you've learned lessons in the past? i wonder if this storm wasn't as bad as people thought, so it was a lot easier to handle? >> we're looking at this as we had an opportunity to prepare for the storm unlike the derecho and that really worked out well for us. we were able to establish our staging areas. we were able to hold these mutual assistance calls as early as last week, pull in additional crews from outside areas and really just get organized and have our emergency teams plan and meet ahead of schedule. so we're fortunate that we were able to meet our goals for this storm ahead of schedule. >> i'm sure you know the numbers. did you have anywhere near the amount of people out of power this time as during the derecho? >> no. we hit about 100,000 total outages during this event. at peak we had 44,000 customers
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out. we had significant damage to our system, so still a rough storm even though the washington area seemed to be spared from the worst. we'll continue to prepare, continue to drill for future storms. >> giving you guys the benefit of the doubt because a lot of people are happy they have their lights on right now, can you tell us 1 or two things that you did differently this time than in the past and even take the derecho out in the past when you had snowstorms where it takes days, if not weeks to get the power back on? >> right. we're always looking to improve. so again we continue to drill and really with this storm i think the notice. that was really the difference here. we had almost seven days to prepare for this. so we were able to hold contractors that were already working on our system in place. so those folks were able to work on these outages almost immediately. we were able to actually have our internal personnel already in their second roles and ready to go way ahead of time.
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so really it's all about preparation. >> mark steele with pepco, thanks for joining us. just thinking about where we were 24 hours ago. we were still expecting the winds and high tide to come in later on today. >> it would suggest that our forecast was exactly right. i don't like to say stuff like that very often, put we did not lose the power. -- but we did not lose the power. i think that's fantastic. we expected 4 to 8 inches of rain. that's what we got. we expected 60 to 70 mail an hour wind gusts. -- mile an hour wind gusts. that's what we got. gary said yesterday we think the derecho got rid of a lot of dead wood this summer. they had to work hard to get rid of those trees. vulnerable trees fell at that time and maybe that was a great lesson learned. keep an eye on those trees and we'll be ready next time, too. the good news is we saw this one coming. you knew about the snowy side of this, right? >> yeah. >> are you ready for these
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pictures? that is snowshoe, west virginia. as of 5:00 today they said they had 23 inches of wet heavy snow, getting gusts to, so i but get this. they are considering opening -- gusted today, but get this. they are considering opening in 24 hours. thanks to snowshoe showing us how busy they are getting rid of their snows. frostburg, maryland received 6 inches of snow, baird west virginia 21 1/2. here it is, definitely still snowing. they're expecting that to continue a few lore hours. a little snow in the ridge -- more hours. a little snow in the ridge tops mixed in in places like front royal earlier today. here is where sandy is still spinning up in western pennsylvania, not so imposing as it was yesterday when it was coming ashore around the
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atlantic city area as you not late last night with a tremendous surge and the unprecedented storm surge into new york city and the 8.2 million people without power, about 2 million of them in the new york city area. it really has been an unbelievable situation and we are so fortunate that we got through it with the wind, the rain, but not the power out ages and everything is out of here now. we had pretty decent rains in the region, a lot of these feeding into the potomacs. waters will be running high at not only the riffs, but many other creeks and streams -- rivers, but many other creeks and streams. we had 4 1/2 inches at reagan national and peak wind was 61 miles an hour in gusts, annapolis 69 and laytonsville, maryland, one of the higher spots at 76. isolated spots got up and over 70 miles per hour and definitely did some damage but again we hope that the derecho kind of cleared a lot of that
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out. winds to end much calmer across much of the east. what is left of sandy is again producing cooler air around here and the jet stream will stay in that position a few more days. as we head into the weekend, it will moderate a bit and the weekend now looks pretty nice with a good amount of sunshine back. for the trick-or-treaters tomorrow it's not going to be a wet dry. it will be dry and some sunshine, but if it gets dark tomorrow evening, it's going to be ghostly clouds with a creepy chill, temperatures in the upper 40s and may fall a little bit from there. the kids will get halloween in okay. here's your fox 5 accuweather seven-day forecast. i don't have it on the seven- day, but i wouldn't to remind you that you are all rewarded with an extra hour of sleep this weekend for getting through super storm sandy. that's because we are falling back to standard time on sunday and the sun will now go down at 5:04 starting on sunday. at least we have nice weather.
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meantime our coverage of super storm sandy continues tonight. high winds and high rain has devastating effects on the new jersey coastline causing unprecedented damage that could take up to years to rebuild. fox's craig boswell is live in -- let me say this right, absecon, new jersey. did i get it right? >> reporter: they've corrected me many times. it's absecon right outside of atlantic city and the issue at this point is roads into atlantic city are still blocked tonight by state police. they're not letting any families drive in to check out their homes. i talked to several families as they pulled up to police very upset because they just want to get back home to see what type of damage they have, what remains, what they need to do to move on with their lives. one gentlemen -- go ahead. >> the damage is incredible. weave seen pictures of coastguard helicopters -- we've seen pictures of coastguard
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helicopters flying over some of the coastal homes. are these the homes you're talking about that seem to be covered in sand? >> reporter: seaside heights that, video is incredible, the amount of sand that's piled up on these homes and in between these homes. when you look about maybe 2 , 300 yards back, that's where the normal high tide line would be and then you have that much sand piled up way inland, blocks inland, just shows you how much water came up. there's a lot of work to be done there. the barrier islands, certainly can't get out there, forget about it. when people get out there, they're not sure what they'll find remaining of their homes. >> there's word thousands of people in hoboken have not been rescued because there are no vehicles that can get in to get them out. what can you tell us about the situation there? >> reporter: they're actually losing i was told front end loaders to lift people up and try to get into that area. that is an ongoing rescue at this point. there's also an ongoing search
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and rescue still around teterboro, still trying to get people pout. it's not certainly as harried as last night with all that water rushing in, but they're still moving people around. this is still an active situation here. >> just a scary situation, hopefully we can get all this cleaned up and taken care of very soon. craig boswell reporting live for us near atlantic city, new jersey. coming up next a look at the massive relief effort pouring into the northeast following the disaster.
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super storm sandy caused a boat to go sailing on its own. this is some of the damage from ossiming, new york. that 40-foot boat was blown right onto the train tracks. several other boats were turned loose. now that the storm is passed it's time to clean-up and rebuild and all of that takes time, material and plenty
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of money. fox's james rosen has a look at all the relief efforts. >> going to be a very large response covering multiple states. the biggest thing i'm concerned about is power out ages. >> not home, but it's been made pretty comfortable for us. the national guard and red cross here have been super. >> reporter: james and kimberly lavan with their dogs were among the 650 delaware residents who took refuge monday night in seven shelters the american red cross operates across the first state, this the delmarva station, is a special needs facility offering not only a lively kennel, but emotional counselors, nurses, medical technicians and a full- time physician who treated refugees from hurricane sandy suffering from diabetes, lung disease, even traumatic brain injury. >> many of the people in this shelter the last couple days would never have been able to stay had we not been here. >> reporter: on sandy's first night 250 red cross shelters
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spread across 16 states welcomed 11,000 displaced persons and the nation's premier relief agency served 25,000 meals and snacks and 1,700 red cross workers and volunteers mobile eyesed to help from as far away -- mobilized to help from as far away as utah. the storm has also caused the cancellation of 300 red cross blood drivers in 14 states producing -- drives in 4 steen states producing a short -- 14 states producing a shortfall. >> this has put an enormous effort on the red cross. we now rely on the american public to help us continue to do that. >> reporter: the simplest way to help is to text red cross to 90999 to make a financial contribution. that will deliver a $10 donation or call 1-800-red cross or visit the agency's website at in washington james ron,


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