Hurricane Sandy Could Bring Strong Winds and Rain to the Area
Local officials are closely watching the storm's track.
Hurricane Sandy, as of Thursday morning a Category 2 hurricane with 105-mile-per-hour winds, according to the National Hurricane Center, could impact the Fredericksburg area beginning Sunday, according to local forecasters.
If the hurricane shifts close to the region, the area can expect showers and gusty winds beginning Sunday afternoon, according to NBC-4 meteorologist Tom Kierein. He notes the most severe weather could hit Monday into Tuesday when the area could see potential flooding, strong winds and possible power outages.
Dominion Virginia Power's Twitter account this morning, responding to a customer asking if they were prepared for the possible storm: "don't worry, we've got our eye on it and we're preparing now!"
Northern Virginians won't soon forget Hurricane Irene, which blew into town last year in August as a tropical storm, bringing down trees all over the state that knocked out power and resulted in five deaths. The next month, Tropical Storm Lee hit the area.
Hurricane Irene was retired from the official list of Atlantic Basin tropical storm names by the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) hurricane committee because of the fatalities and damage it caused and was replaced by Irma.
This year's hurricane season has another five weeks to go until it's officially over on Nov. 30.