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>> reporter: things are deteriorating getting worse and worse. they're topping up the waves. it's causing a lot of beach erosion much the sand gets kicked out into the see. this is six to eight foot waves. the only people swimming are kite surfers and they are loving this. these are the kind of days they have been waiting for. it gives them the kind of conditions they want to be in. of course, these waves cause a lot of problems. we have piers that have been closed down because the waves are crashing into the pier and creating dangerous conditions for anybody to be standing out
there. a couple of piers closed down. we have schools closed for today and tomorrow, so some closures. luckily, it doesn't look like we'll have any severe weather, really, just tropical storm force winds. down in florida, we're used to that. these guys are loving it. back to you. that familiar look of an approaching hurricane. if we take a look, you can see large powerful hurricanes category two strength. the distance is huge from the leading edge of this. from the center of the storm just a few hundred miles. the big concern with sandy is not so much what she will do to florida. it would be a windy weekend. what we would look for over the next 72 hours is the movement of sandy along the east coast and eventually rounding, we think,
around north carolina moving toward the mid-atlantic state. north movement is 17 miles an hour and 1,000 miles away. here's the tropical track, the latest out of the national hurricane center, giving it that turn around the carolinas, a big blocking high pushing the storm, we think, somewhere between the maryland coast and new york. it's going to be somewhereno ca0
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>> as we go into monday. right now take a look at the conditions, plenty of time to stock up on supplies, kind of make your storm preparations in case we get the worst potential track on sandy. we know there will be impact with wind, driving rain in places like annapolis. the weather today, temperatures held back by this, misty conditions. evercast skies. we'll be back into the scenario. winds steady from the east with the fetch of moisture. atlantic waters are warm that the could help fuel sandy as she converts. temperatures are okay now. as we look at the trend here, as we look at the future, quiet
winter, though misty. our cold front beginning to march as we go into friday and saturday. railroad, two weather systems at play. hurricane sandy to the south but number two is this cold front which will bring in the cooler air as sandy begins to make here way up the carolina coast and between somewhere and maryland and new york city. here's the setup that the colder air beginning to make its push as it goes into the first half. sandy will begin to edge up into the carolinas. the cold air marching in. that will help connect with sandy. here are the two potential tracks, mike masco putting this graphic together. you can see the winds gusting. if we get that track into maryland, into delaware, that's the more concerning track for us here locally. perhaps, though, we'll get that more northern track which will
bring it toward long island new york. there could still be coastal flooding. we'll have a winds wrapping around out of the west. that's going to pile up chesapeake bay. overall we'll have an impact no matter what. major storm potential, long duration event. we will see the crawl. we'll have wind and rain each of those days much the flood potential will be there. how much depends on the exact final track of the storm. we'll have a better handle friday into saturday. here we go 58 degrees, mostly cloudy. tomorrow, no big deal, cool and misty, mostly cloudy at 68. the next few days prepare for the storm. prepare for the worst case scenario. it's not going to hurt. as we go from sunday into monday and tuesday, this is the key time frame for us.
that second half of sunday into monday and tuesday. high winds. and, again, that is the overall setup. the biggest thing that has changed from this time yesterday is the consistency of the sort of model projections to bring this into the east coast somewhere between virginia beach all the way into we'll call it cape cod or upstate new york, so there's a window here. most of that window is north of us, which would be beneficial to our area to have the storm track north of us, but it might not. we're tracking this. >> what is the two scenarios that we have? when will we know which one's coming. what will be the window of opportunity to do something? >> the scenarios are less further apart than they were yesterday. we know somewhere between, new york and down through virginia. the cone will tighten up tomorrow, tighten up more
saturday. by tomorrow afternoon this time, 48 hours, we'll have a better idea. we're 72 hours. now is the time to get ready for the storm. >> all right. thanks a lot, wyatt for that update. it is another busy day on the cam pan trail as the pressure is mounting to reach as many voters as possible before election day. tory dunnan joins us from washington. less than two weeks away. where was mitt romney today oar are mitt romney is focusing on swing states, ohio being one. he was at three events. so far plenty of shaking hands and criticism into the president. >> his campaign gets smaller and smaller, focused on smaller and smaller things. our campaign is about big things. america faces big challenges. we recognize this is a year with
a big choice and americans want to see big changes and i'm going to bring it to this country. >> reporter: the latest poll shows president obama leads mitt romney 49% to 44%. that falls within the margin of error, so the state is up for grabs. >> what about the president. he's taking a different type of strategy. what was the approach today? >> reporter: he's in the middle of this whirlwind trip. this is a two-day trip. it was all about florida, virginia and ohio. the president did sound a bit hoarse from all these campaign events but he still went after romney and called out his economic vision. >> a plan to -- >> we're going to move on to another election store result an influential republican is giving his support to poafnlt former secretary of state colin powell
announced his endorsement for obama. this isn't the first time powell supported the president. he also supported him in 2008. all right, if you don't have a smart meter in your home, you will have one soon. bge is installing them but they are not without controversy. john matarese shows how some are playing hard ball with people who don't want one. >> reporter: smart meters are the wave of the future utility companies are installing millions of these digital controls in your home. for the most part the rollout is going well, except in some cases homeowners are saying you're not putting one in my house. here she starts every day by starting her gas generator.
she needs it because she has no electric power. it's because this self-employed photographer has refused it allow a new smart meter in her home. a lineman disconnected her from the grid. >> i have the right to choose what goes on in my home. i want a safe whom. >> reporter: she claims smart meter radio waves can cause health problems. shed' rather use a fireplace, generators and candles. >> think of it if or leap going into a starbucks or somewhere with wi-fi or a baby monitor,. >> reporter: she's looking into buying solar panels. >> let me tell you something, john, losing my freedom is a bummer. that would be a bummer for me.
losing my power, that's an inconvenience. i will not stand down on this. >> reporter: states where there's no opt out law, utility companies are finding themselves in a standoff with some homeowners and in those cases the utility companies continue to hold the upper hand because it can pull the plug anytime. don't waste your money. i'm john matarese. >> maryland mr. now allow you to opt out of a smart meter. coming up at 6:00, her smile sin feckious and her attitude unmatched. we'll introduce you to a local student athlete doing big things on and off the field. >> we're continuing to follow hurricane sandy, already causing problems in south florida. those stories and more coming up at 6:00. stephanie rawlings-blake: voting for question seven is an...
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it moves north on sunday. we're looking for the potential of power outages. it's one of the biggest things to prepare for in case we get a direct hit. looks like we'll get a glancing blow. that is a strong category 2 and a large hurricane. the outer edges reaching from puerto rico up into south florida where the winds are pick up near miami. here's what's concerning. the track has consistently taken sandy up and along the carolina coast. that big blocking high, big dome of air, helping to push the storm, turn that track and a cold front dipping out of the north and helping to hook into the storm means it's likely to turn inward and into tuesday. we could see powerful nor'easter conditions. this will be a power house nor'easter storm as it comes in and