Hurricane Sandy

All Things Considered host Brady Carlson talks with Governor John Lynch about the state's preparations for Hurricane Sandy.

Official Washington shut down today for Hurricane Sandy, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was on the job. It's mission: preparedness. Among other things, the agency is stockpiling water, meals, blankets and cots.

Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish have the latest on Hurricane Sandy and its effects on the region.

Hurricane Sandy has disrupted the presidential campaigns of President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney. Both campaigns cancelled scheduled events for Monday and Tuesday.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has published food safety recommendations for people who may lose power in Hurricane Sandy.

Warnings of Hurricane Sandy’s soggy-but-sure approach have meant a sudden boost in sales of portable generators in the North Country.

At the Home Depot and Lowe's in Littleton the cupboard is empty, well, the cupboard that used to hold portable generators.

Even though the North Country is expected to receive only a glancing blow from Sandy people worried about losing power began showing up at the stores on Friday.

By Saturday the Home Depot was sold out of its 20-or-so generators, said store manager Chris Howard.

Hurricane Sandy has prompted both First Lady Michelle Obama and Ann Romney to cancel scheduled campaign events in New Hampshire. 

The University of New Hampshire's Durham campus will be closed Monday and Tuesday in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy and expected power outages.

Boston Schools Ordered Closed Monday

Oct 28, 2012

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino says all city public schools will be closed Monday and nonessential city employees should stay home Monday because of an approaching superstorm expected to bring high winds, coastal flooding and power outages to the region.


Update:  October 29, 2012, 7:08 p.m.

POWER OUTAGES: More than 100,000.


NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN SHELTERS: At least 13 shelters open in Rochester, Plymouth, Rindge, Exeter, Sanborn, North Hampton, Nashua, Auburn, New Ipswich, Keene, New Boston and Bedford.


KEY ROAD/GOVERNMENT CLOSINGS: Many communities shutting down public buildings early, releasing workers; some local roads closed.