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 long line of cars waits outside of Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C. to pick up sandbags from the Department of Public Works on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 in anticipation of high water levels from large amounts of rain due to Hurricane Sandy.  (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

A long line of cars waits outside of Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C. to pick up sandbags from the Department of Public Works on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 in anticipation of high water levels from large amounts of rain due to Hurricane Sandy. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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