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Officials Urge Residents to Be Ready for Storm

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Lynchburg, VA – Governor Bob McDonnell has declared a state of emergency for Virginia in preparation of the impact Sandy could have.

It could bring significant flooding, extensive power outages, and even snowfall to parts of the Commonwealth.

Right now it's a waiting game to see what path this storm actually takes, but emergency officials say no matter where this super storm goes, people should begin preparing right now.

McDonnell held a news conference Friday afternoon, calling it an unusual weather event that the state needs to prepare for.

"To create some very serious conditions over a very long period of time in the Commonwealth of Virginia," he said.

Severe weather could last for up to 48 hours or more, but officials in Lynchburg say they're ready for whatever Sandy brings our way.

"We have the possibility of high winds, heavy rain, snow in the higher elevations," said Paula Jones, spokesperson for VDOT.

"Everybody's ready and waiting. We've got supplies," said Kimball Payne, Lynchburg city manager.

Right now, the most likely track takes Sandy through the Mid-Atlantic, and that means possible power outages for the commonwealth.

"We have not had a major hurricane in this area to really affect us in a while. The derecho is a small taste of what this storm could possibly do," said Jones.

"Certainly our sensitivity's better. I think our communications, we know who to contact," said Payne.

The Lowe's on Timberlake Rd. has already sold triple the amount of generators since the governor declared a state of emergency. Batteries and flashlights are also expected to go fast ahead of Sandy's landfall.

"Get out here and get them as soon as you can because they're gonna go quick," said Glen Bartley, a manager.

The city manager says Central Virginia will head into this storm better prepared... The Virginia Department of Transportation has crews on call and prepared for the worst case scenario.

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