As Hurricane Sandy lashed Cuba on Thursday, weather forecasters predict its effects could be felt in the DC metro region by Sunday. Power companies said they were gearing up for possible outages.
The Category 2 hurricane has already killed one in Cuba and it could merge with a strong cold front in this area to create what The Washington Post's Jason Samenow called a potential "powerhouse."
Although the storm's path has not yet been confirmed, most predictions say it will travel up the southeast coast and make landfall in the mid-Atlantic.
The Post's Capital Weather Gang suggests the storm may slam the mid-Atlantic starting Sunday.
Pepco and Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) say they are preparing for the storm.
"We are closely monitoring Hurricane Sandy and preparing for its potential impact," Pepco said on Twitter.
Pepco spokeswoman Myra Oppel told WTOP that the company is reserving more than 400 contractors to help with any restoration needed.
BGE, which serves part of Prince George's County, also used social media to notify customers of possible service interruptions.