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Topic - Tony Castrilli
Hurricane Sandy left more than 7 million people on the East Coast without power and forced the closure of schools, government offices and transportation systems.
Thunderstorms hit the Washington suburb of Alexandria on Thursday and high winds knocked down trees onto cars and buildings. The city delclared a local emergency and urged residents to stay in their homes.
"No one has the power to cancel Halloween," said Alexandria spokesman Tony Castrilli, "but we will definitely be putting out safety messages, reminding people there's trees down, possibly wires down, and certainly leaves."
"We're preparing for the worst, but we're not expecting it to be problematic," said city communications director Tony Castrilli.