RICHMOND, Va. -- GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Vice President Joe Biden have scrapped political appearances scheduled for this weekend in Virginia Beach as all eyes watch the storm track of Hurricane Sandy.
Romney canceled his Sunday night rally in Virginia Beach and Biden canceled an appearance slated for today in the same city.
Biden was to hold an event with his wife, Jill Biden, and son Beau. They are to still appear at an event this afternoon in Lynchburg.
"This change in schedule is being taken out of an abundance of caution to ensure that all local law enforcement and emergency management resources can stay focused on ensuring the safety of people who might be impacted by the storm," the Obama campaign said in a release.
Romney's campaign says it will reschedule his event at a later date. The Republican nominee is slated to campaign Sunday morning in western Prince William County and to hold a rally at the University of Richmond that afternoon.
The storm is interrupting stump schedules at a critical point in the campaign, with less than two weeks until Election Day.
President Barack Obama is scheduled to appear at a rally with former President Bill Clinton on Monday in Prince William County. It's part of a three-state tour that will also take them to Orlando, Fla., and Youngstown, Ohio.
The University of Richmond on Friday released details about parking for Romney's rally there on Sunday. The school will provide free parking and shuttle service from the Anthem Blue/Cross Blue/Shield lot, at 2015 Staples Mill Road, to the school.
Buses will leave Anthem parking lots starting at 11 a.m. and will run back to the lots after the program. . There will be limited parking on the UR campus. Most parking lots will be open parking and within walking distance to the Robins Center, according to the school.
The Robins Center doors will open at 2:15 p.m. Romney is scheduled to speak at 4:40 p.m.
University officials are asking people to be prepared for rain prior to entry into the Robins Center. They encourage people to bring ponchos or raincoats because umbrellas will not be allowed into the event.
Attendees will go through airport-like screening upon entering the building. No large bags, sharp objects, liquids, food or signs will be allowed into the event. Cameras are allowed.
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11/04/2012 12:26 AM EDT
PHOTO: A Marathon Wedding Proposal, Minus The Marathon
HuffPost's Katie Bindley reports:
Like all the competitors who trained for the 2012 NYC Marathon, Hannah Vahaba will not be running the race this year. But she also will never forget her moment at the finish line. After traveling in from Atlanta, Vahaba picked up a marriage proposal in Central Park on Saturday without having to traverse the 26.2-mile course.
"This is my fiance," said Vahaba, 31, who had tears running down her face as she stood in Central Park where the race would have ended, just moments after Martin O'Donoghue had proposed.
Photo by Damon Scheleur
11/04/2012 12:25 AM EDT
Check Donation Lists
Be sure to check donation lists to see what items are needed. For example, at one Staten Island donation center, there is a critical need for batteries batteries batteries, candles, matches, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, pet food, baby supplies, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner. Clothing isn't needed as much at that center.
-Catharine Smith, HuffPost
11/03/2012 10:42 PM EDT
Brooklyn Regions Still Lack Electricity, Heat and Water Days After Storm
HuffPost's Tim Stenovec reports:
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which killed at least 48 people in New York when it battered the Northeast last week, frustrated residents in this corner of South Brooklyn are coping without electricity, heat and running water.
11/03/2012 10:18 PM EDT
On Long Island, Cuomo demands Accountability from Utilities
At a massive food distribution event at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, Cuomo said power has been restored to 60 percent of the New York metropolitan area.
LIPA reported Saturday evening that 460,000 customers remained without power, down from more than 900,000 initially.
"I've warned the utility companies repeatedly they operate under a state charter, essentially," Cuomo said. "The utility companies are not happy with my warning and frankly, I don't care."
"The customers are not happy. The bill payers are not happy and the people without power are not happy," Cuomo said. "People are suffering. It is an issue of safety and if the utilities were not prepared we will hold them accountable."
Read the full story on Huntington Patch.
11/03/2012 9:38 PM EDT
Gasoline Shortage Likely To Last For Several More Days
Even as power returns to parts of the region assailed by Hurricane Sandy, millions of drivers seeking gasoline appear likely to face at least several more days of persistent shortages.
11/03/2012 8:50 PM EDT
Behind @ConEdison: The 27 Year-Old Preventing Panic, One Tweet At A Time
HuffPost's Bianca Bosker:
On Saturday, 27-year-old Kate Frasca was manning Con Edison’s Twitter account, @ConEdison, responding to customers’ frustrations, questions, praise and criticism at an average clip of one tweet every six minutes.
11/03/2012 8:35 PM EDT
Estimate Says 600 Million Gallons Of Water Hit Mass Transit System
@ USACE_HQ :
Roughly 600 M gallons of storm water infiltrated the nation’s busiest and oldest underground mass transit system... http://t.co/5jMXDhRc
11/03/2012 8:15 PM EDT
$12 Million Donated So Far To NYC Mayor's Fund For Recovery
@ MikeBloomberg :
If you would like to donate: visit http://t.co/9w8egqxD So far $12 million has been contributed. 100% of funds go to #Recovery efforts.
11/03/2012 7:52 PM EDT
Don't Touch Downed Power Lines
@ usNWSgov :
Post #Sandy reminders: never touch a downed power line or anything touching one. Washing your hands prevents illness. #NWS #CDC