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WATCH: Residents Get Ready for the 'Frankenstorm'

As Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast, local residents and stores are gearing up for what may come.

According to the National Weather Service, Germantown residents have time this weekend to prepare for what could be a 100-year hurricane early next week.

There is a slight chance of rain Saturday; otherwise expect cloudy skies and temperatures the mid-60s.

By Sunday morning Hurricane Sandy is expected to be off the coast of the Carolinas on a north-bound trajectory. Forecasters see Sandy coming onshore sometime late Sunday or Monday, according to NWS meteorologist Jason Elliott, but we’ll feel the impact ahead of that. 

"After Sunday," he said, "things keep going downhill.” 

The area should expect “at least” tropical storm-force winds across the area and heavy rain, Elliott said, but it’s too early to tell exactly how fast those winds will blow and how much rain we’ll get.

Sandy is already responsible for more than 20 deaths across the Caribbean, according to NPR.

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