Hurricane Sandy hasn’t yet reached Virginia but has already caused an impact. Both Vice President Joe Biden and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney have cancelled campaign stops in Virginia Beach out of public safety concerns.
The hurricane has been dubbed ‘Frankenstorm’ by weather forecasters because it will combine effects of a winter storm and a tropical storm and may become a huge storm, possibly making landfall on the East Coast of the United States on Monday night or Tuesday.
The 2 a.m. report from the National Weather Service shows that hurricane force winds from Sandy extend up to 70 miles outward from the center of the storm. Tropical force winds extend 435 miles from the center of the storm so its effects will be felt across the East Coast.
Biden was scheduled to stop in Virginia Beach on Saturday and Romney on Sunday, according to WSET-13 News in Lynchburg.
Biden is still planning his scheduled stop in Lynchburg, Va. on Saturday. Gates will open at Lynchburg City Armory at 2:30 p.m. and auto and pedestrian traffic will be restricted.
The 1200 and 1300 blocks of Church Street and the 1200 block of Court Street were closed to parking starting at midnight on Saturday morning and will remain closed to both vehicle and pedestrian parking from noon until 8 p.m.
Biden’s visit to Lynchburg follows an earlier appearance by vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan on Oct. 16. Both candidates for vice president have been on the road through the swing states.
President Barack Obama and his opponent Mitt Romney have also been hot on the campaign trail, hitting the swing states hard. Both candidates have visited numerous states in the past week, according to Politico.
This week, Obama has visited Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, Nevada and Virginia in addition to stopping in Chicago to vote and in California to tape an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
Meanwhile, Romney has campaigned in Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Ohio and Florida and has two stops planned in Virginia tomorrow.
Living in a swing state during a very hotly contested presidential race means that the phones never stop ringing and political mail fills the mail box daily.
Don’t look for the political rhetoric to slow down over the remaining 10 days before the election on Nov. 6. Recent polls show the race neck-and-neck. Both candidates are fighting hard to take Virginia and the other swing states, where the battle for president will most likely be won.