Hurricane Sandy is growing.
Forecasters are now projecting the storm to reach the New Jersey shore sometime early next week and with its 1,500-mile radius and 105 mph winds, according to the National Hurricane Center, it could create havoc for the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast.
A winter storm could merge with the already strong hurricane, morphing into what some forecasters have deemed a "Frankenstorm" that could bring gusting winds and day-long downpours with an icy mix.
Although the storm's path has not yet been confirmed, most predictions say it will travel up the southeast coast and make landfall in the mid-Atlantic. The DC metro region could be affected with s.
The Category 2 hurricane has already killed two people due to the flash flooding—one in Jamaica and one in Haiti. As Sandy lashed Cuba Thursday, weather forecasters predicted its effects could hit Baltimore by Sunday. It might then meld with a strong cold front to create what The Washington Post's Jason Samenow called a potential weather "powerhouse."
The Post's Capital Weather Gang is suggesting the storm may slam the mid-Atlantic starting Sunday.
Pepco and Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) are bracing for the storm.
Pepco spokeswoman Myra Oppel told WTOP that the company is reserving more than 400 contractors to help with any restoration needed. BGE officials told The Baltimore Sun that they expect "several hundred thousand" customers to lose power, starting late Sunday.
A BGE spokeswoman also suggested residents prepare with the tips below.
- Stay informed – Stay aware of changing weather conditions and plan ahead. Have a battery-powered radio with a weather band so you can hear emergency information when the power is out.
- Make a plan – Discuss and document an emergency plan with those in your care. Develop a family emergency plan that includes alternative arrangements should the need arise to leave your home. Make provisions for special needs of any family member such as the elderly, handicapped, medically affected or infants. If you are dependent on electric-powered medical equipment, you are encouraged to seek alternate arrangements in the event that your electric service is interrupted.
- Make a list of emergency phone numbers and keep a personal telephone book and one corded phone or a cell phone on hand.
- Build an emergency kit – Keep enough emergency supplies on hand for you and those in your care. Remember supplies for children, those with special needs and pets. Keep the following items readily available.
- Flashlights – not candles
- Fresh batteries
- Battery-operated clock radio
- Corded telephone
- Fully charged cell phone
- Non-perishable foods
- Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation
- First aid kit
- Local maps
Residents are also urged to stay away from power lines during the storm.