Hurricane Sandy isn’t expected to make landfall on the East Coast for at least another two days, but the huge storm is already impacting the presidential campaign, forcing Vice President Joseph R. Biden and Mitt Romney each to cancel weekend events in Virginia Beach.
Mr. Biden canceled a Saturday rally in the coastal city but is still expected to hold another Virginia event later today in Lynchburg.
Mr. Romney pulled the plug on a Sunday evening event in Virginia Beach, but he is also continuing with other planned campaign events this weekend in Virginia, including stops in Prince William County and at the University of Richmond earlier on Sunday.
President Obama and former President Bill Clinton have their own Prince William County rally set for Monday.
First lady Michelle Obama on Friday nixed a speech at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H., scheduled for Tuesday. The school’s campus will be closed Monday and Tuesday in anticipation of disruptions from the storm.
Mr. Obama, however, is headed to the battleground state on Saturday afternoon for a rally in Nashua with singer James Taylor.
On its current projected track, Hurricane Sandy – dubbed “Frankenstorm” by some weather watchers for its monstrous potential – could make U.S. landfall on Monday night or Tuesday somewhere between North Carolina and southern New England.
But the massive storm is expected to begin affecting the Washington area by Sunday evening, and rain and winds could last up to two days, according to forecasts. Some prognosticators have already warned that power outages could last through Election Day on Nov. 6, which they said could disrupt some electronic voting machines.