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New Kent County prepares for storm


New Kent County has been hit hard the last few storms and Friday night all hands are on deck, ready for Sandy's arrival.

The community is a rural one and most first responders are volunteers with full time jobs. So on top of their day jobs, they're making plans to get help where it's needed when Sandy hits.

The storm operations center is ready to go from the Sheriff's Office building.

"Being a rural locality with a lot of trees, yes we are concerned about the wind," said Rodney Hathaway, acting County Administrator in New Kent. "The combination with the prolonged rain. We definitely anticipate power outages."

It's a subject Ed Diggs knows well, he works for Dominion so he's getting his family ready to live without power in case he gets called up to work. 

"Collecting all of my stuff in case we get an outage," said Diggs. I want to have gasoline, kerosene, all those sorts of things so I can run the generators and kerosene heater next week in case we lose power."

And it's happened here before. Last year Irene left many without power for days.

New Kent County hasn't opened any shelters yet, but they have one ready. New Kent High School will be the place to go when the power goes out and things get bad.

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