Early voters fill out ballots in Miami. Voting experts say Hurricane Sandy isn't likely to cause major disruptions — but that it would have been a far different matter had Florida taken a direct hit from the storm.
Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 3:57 pm
As Hurricane Sandy continues its slow progress toward the East Coast, thoughts of voting aren't uppermost in most people's minds. Nevertheless, state and local officials are scrambling to accommodate early voters as best they can.
Depending on how the storm ultimately plays out, Sandy isn't expected to have much effect on the outcome of the presidential race. Most of the states in its path are not considered competitive.
Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 2:35 pm
Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on the East Coast of the U.S., bringing sustained wind, heavy rain, and flooding that's forcing roads, bridges and mass transit systems to close from New York City to Washington. We're following the storm's progress and its impacts here on The Two-Way .
Here are a few reasons government forecasters at the National Hurricane Center and emergency management officials are so concerned about Sandy:
1. Sandy is one of the largest hurricanes ever to strike the U.S. Sandy's winds cover an area of more than 1,000 miles in diameter. That's enormous by hurricane standards. So instead of affecting an area a couple of hundred miles across, Sandy will cut a huge swath. That means many millions of people are probably going to be exposed to high winds, heavy rains, and, for those on the coast, powerful storm surge.
Originally published on Sun November 4, 2012 12:34 pm
The 2010 elections, in which Republicans had a net gain of 63 seats in the House, was one for the record books. It was the most impressive showing by the GOP since 1938, when their net House pick up was 80 seats, and the best showing by any party in the House since 1948, when the Democrats added 75 seats. The sweep of two years ago more than wiped out the gains made by the Democrats in the House of 2006 (31 seats) and 2008 (20 more).
Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 12:48 pm
Before you brave the rain, wind and inevitable lines at the already depleted grocery store today in the Mid-Atlantic region, take a deep breath.
If you're a moderately good grocery shopper, you probably already have the food you need on hand to make it through the next few days if (when) we lose power because of Hurricane Sandy. (If not, best to find a shelter near you.) But you do need to take extra precautions that what you're preparing is safe.
Broken and non-functional traffic lights hang over an intersection in Atlantic City, N.J., on Monday.
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Raymond Souza carries away a ladder after boarding up a gift shop on the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach, Del. President Obama and Gov. Romney have cancelled campaign events on Monday in anticipation of the superstorm.
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Rough surf breaks over the beach in Cape May, N.J.
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Washington, D.C. is bracing for heavy rains and high winds as Hurricane Sandy approaches.
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Terry Robinson checks on his flooded trailer at an RV park in Kitty Hawk, N.C. as Hurricane Sandy makes landfall on Monday.
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Peter Cusack, center, and Mel Bermudez walk their dogs along the Brooklyn waterfront as Hurricane Sandy advances on New York City. The storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets.
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Al Daisey walks in the flood water in front of his home in Fenwick Island, Del.
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A satellite image of Hurricane Sandy as it approaches the East Coast at 10:40 a.m. on Monday.
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The closed New York Stock Exchange is barricaded with sand bags on Monday. The core of Sandy's force is supposed to hit the New York area Monday night.