RICHMOND (CBSDC) — The governors of Maryland and Virginia and the mayor of D.C. have declared a state of emergency as Hurricane Sandy approaches the mid-Atlantic coast.

The storm is expected to affect the Washington region by Monday.

Current forecasts say the eastern third of Va. could experience sustained tropical storm force winds for more than 48 hours. Several inches of rain, coastal flooding and a large number of power outages are also expected.

The western and southwestern portions of Va. may see the first snow of the season.

Maryland and Virginia declared a state of emergency early Friday afternoon, while Mayor Vincent Gray waited until around close of business the same day to make the call.

“We are issuing this state of emergency today as a precautionary measure in order to ensure that we are ready for any potential effects of Hurricane Sandy in the Commonwealth,” Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell said. “Now is the time for all Virginians to prepare for those possible power outages and disruptions to public services.”

Gray says agencies will work throughout the weekend in preparation for the storm.


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