Hurricane Sandy slamming Washington D.C. metro area [VIDEO]

Nicholas Ballasy Senior Video Reporter
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The effects of Hurricane Sandy are already being felt in the Washington D.C. metro area.

Just minutes from Washington, D.C. in Old Town, Alexandria, the Potomac is rising and flooding is starting to hit the region.

A high-wind warning is in effect across Washington and Northern Virginia, with anticipated speeds of 60 miles per hour.

“Virginia is expected to experience damaging winds and flooding from Hurricane Sandy. In advance of potential severe weather, residents should review storm preparation procedures to handle possible flooding, high winds, downed tree limbs, and power outages,” reads the Alexandria City website.

Fairfax County in Northern Virginia has urged all residents to stay off the roads.

“Think of the derecho storm with high winds in June that lasted 24 minutes. The winds we’re about to experience beginning this afternoon are like the derecho, but they will last for 24 hours,” the official Fairfax government site reads.

“To paraphrase: Instead of 24 minutes of dangerous winds, it will be 24 hours of dangerous conditions. We need you to stay off the roads and indoors as travel will become extremely dangerous with winds and heavy rain beginning this afternoon.”

All public transportation is closed in Washington, D.C. due to the storm.

Virginia, Maryland and D.C. have all declared a state of emergency. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley called Sandy a “killer storm” and said there will “undoubtedly be some deaths” due to its impact.

As shown in The Daily Caller’s video report, businesses in Old Town — which is located near the Potomac River — have closed and put sandbags out front with the hopes of stopping the water from seeping inside.

The National Weather Service predicted that the Potomac River will experience its worst flooding since 1996.

TheDC also spotted fire trucks at various sites throughout Northern Virginia.

Dominion Power reportedly has 5,500 workers preparing for widespread outages in Northern Virginia. They have already restored power cut out by Sandy to over 40,000 homes.

Dominion estimated that over 1 million customers could lose power due to the storm.

Damage from Sandy is estimated to cause economic losses of up to $20 billion.

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