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.

A woman walks past the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency Mobile Command Unit on the corner of Rhode Island Avenue and First Street N.W. on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. This unit has been positioned in the Bloomingdale neighborhood in anticipation of Sandy, the so-called "Frankenstorm" that is due to hit the D.C. area by Monday morning. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

A woman walks past the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency Mobile Command Unit on the corner of Rhode Island Avenue and First Street N.W. on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. This unit has been positioned in the Bloomingdale neighborhood in anticipation of Sandy, the so-called "Frankenstorm" that is due to hit the D.C. area by Monday morning. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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