WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Exactly where and how Hurricane Sandy will impact our area is uncertain, but people are still preparing for the storm.

Emergency responders as well as local utility companies are revving up for whatever comes our way.Power companies from North Carolina up to New York City are closely following Sandy's track. In our region, Pepco has already started to activate their emergency plans. It has put 400 contractors on standby throughout the weekend. The company also called out to other states for reinforcement.

BGE has also issued a statement saying it's customers should be prepared for "hundreds of thousands of potential outages if this storm turns in our direction..."

Shoppers at the Lowe's in Laurel on Thursday were stocking up on supplies in case the storm knocks out power here. People lined up to spend anywhere from $800 to $1200 for generators.

The other big sellers were flashlights, batteries, and supplies to clean leaves out of gutters and drains, which is very important to do this late in the hurricane season.

If the big rains and big winds come, then there will be nowhere for all that water to go if your gutters and drains are clogged. Clean them out this weekend.

We've made it easy for you to track the storm on your smart phone.Text "sandy" To 25543 and you'll receive simple instructions on how to download our WUSA weather app.

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