D.C. braces for Hurricane Sandy

Officials have urged residents to use common sense to deal with Hurricane Sandy, what has been called an unprecedented weather event, that has closed schools and government offices and left people up and down the East Coast preparing for power outages and collapsed roofs before a single raindrop fell.

D.C. Department of Public Works employees, including Monique Hicks, right, load sand bags into District residents' cars outside of Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. DPW handed out some 10,000 bags at RFK on Saturday and had 5,500 more to hand out on Sunday.  (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

D.C. Department of Public Works employees, including Monique Hicks, right, load sand bags into District residents' cars outside of Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. DPW handed out some 10,000 bags at RFK on Saturday and had 5,500 more to hand out on Sunday. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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