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Neighbors prepare for Hurricane Sandy

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

People in the Richmond metro area are getting ready for the worst as Sandy churns her way up the coast. Many of those hit hard by Irene say they're ready to weather the storm. 

People are stocking up on batteries, gas and firewood- anything to make it through the cooler temperatures predicted.

The sound of a Dominion Power truck could be music to peoples' ears after Sandy scrambles the area. Power outages are predicted, but they are nothing new for neighbor Randy Henderson. He says he's lost power every year for the last 12. Last year during Hurricane Irene, Henderson spent nearly a week without power. But back in 2003, he was in the dark for three weeks following hurricane Isabel.

"I consider it a little bit of an adventure," said Henderson. "It's kind of like camping in your own living room." 

Henderson loads up his lantern and gas stove, but one unit he's never had to turn on following a hurricane is his fireplace. It'll come in handy. Temperatures are supposed to drop into the 30's at night - but he knows Dominion Power crews will be up in their bucket truck as soon as it's safe.

"They're doing the best they can," Henderson noted. "What I really think, when there's not a storm situation, to put more maintenance in the grid."

What Henderson is really concerned about are the trees so close to the utility lines. One tree is over a power line, another over a phone line - a common concern among neighbors Stratford Hills.

"We all chose this neighborhood for the beautiful trees and it comes with a price," said John Priestly.

That cost could be in the form of tree removal, home repairs, or just pure patience until crews can reach your home.

Utility fleets are coming in from around the nation to help. Dominion Virginia Power says it will have a storm center setup tomorrow to be ready at moment's notice.

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