Washington, DC, Residents Assess Sandy's Damage

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Hurricane Sandy was no lady as she roared into the nation's capital, with steady rain that was, at times, blinding and whipping wind gusts that topped 75 mph.

An estimated 500,000 people are now without power in the Washington, D.C., area.

Drive the streets of Washington and you'll find trees on their sides, scattered limbs, and nearly every newspaper box in the city face down.

During the height of the storm, city streets were deserted to give emergency officials room to work. Firefighters responded to one false alarm.

For a second day, the federal government is shut down. And the city's metro system won't accept passengers again until crews are able to assess the damage.

"Obviously in New York and further up north it looks a lot worse, but here anyway it's manageable," D.C. resident Ted Nalbantian told CBN News.

But for the thousands without power, including the owners of one Virginia home, Sandy was bad enough.

Saturated ground and high winds made uprooting trees all too easy. As the wind dies down, power crews will be able to assess the damage.

Crews from as far away as Washington state are on standby to help restore service to D.C.-area residents.

Some Georgetown businesses are ready with sandbags. The Potomac River isn't posing a threat to them. Yet forecasters say rising water will continue to be an issue for days to come. Just because Sandy's wind and rain move on doesn't mean she's still not a menace.

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