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FEMA warns the East Coast to brace for Hurricane Sandy

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Posted at 1:26 AM, Oct 26, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-26 01:26:58-04

A FEMA administrator said Sandy is a big storm and its impact will be felt far from the center.

Now is the time to make your emergency plan and get supplies. Forecasters say Sandy could bring strong storms to our area for days instead of hours.

That's why FEMA is working with local emergency teams now to make sure our area has what we need to ride out the storm.

The agency is preparing now for the possibility of days or weeks of storm recovery.

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And when Sandy hits here, the Virginia Department of Transportation says it will be ready.

The agency is relying on its expertise from many of its workers who have been on the front lines of past storms.

Those road crews have seen first-hand the kind of damage and flooding this kind of storm can cause. 

As with Hurricane Irene, the agency will have crews standing by to set up traffic detours, make emergency repairs to roads, and help with clean-up.

VDOT says its taking this storm seriously and you should, too.