Eyewitness News at 6:00; October 28, 2012

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This is eyewitness news at 6.
Good evening and thanks for joining us for eyewitness news at six, I'm Jennifer Moulliet.

 

Old Saybrook is one town expected to get hammered by sandy.
Officials there held voluntary evacuations today ahead of the storm... and personally notified more than 6-thousand residents.
CBS's Kate Rayner has more.
KATE STAND UP: OFFICIALS IN OLD SAYBROOK SAY THIS IS THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM. THAT'S WHY THEY'RE ASKING RESIDENTS TO LEAVE NOW BEFORE SANDY HITS.
SOME KIND OF NATS!
ONE BY ONE EMERGENCY RESPONDERS KNOCKED ON DOORS--- HANDING OUT THESE YELLOW FLYERS AND ADVISING RESIDENTS TO EVACUATE THEIR HOMES.
Kate: "what are your plans?"
Rusty: Probably to leave within the day or so. We have some family up in Essex and perhaps we could stay there."
OLD SAYBROOK POLICE CHEIF SPERA SAYS THE EVACUATIONS ARE VOLUNTARY--- BUT SERIOUS. THE TOWN IS OPENING A SHELTER AT OLD SAYBROOK SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL.
"we're asking that people heed our word. If we're saying the storm's dangerous and your weather people are saying its dangerous, than people need to be taking our decisions very serious."
MARIO ALBORGHETTI (AL-BRIG-ETTI) CONSIDERS IT. HE'S LIVED HERE FOR 53 YEARS.... AND NEVER LEFT HIS HOME FOR A STORM, ALTHOUGH SAYS HE MIGHT FOR SANDY.
"I'M more cautuious now because of our age, so well see."
BECAUSE COME TUEDAY THIS TOWN COULD BE UNDERWATER. OFFICIALS SAY SANDY IS EXPECTED TO PUSH WIND AND WATER INTO THE LONG ISLAND SOUND--- AND THE POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING--- IS WHAT MAKES HER SO DANGEROUS TO OLD SAYBROOK. DESPITE THE FORECAST, SOME RESIDENTS SAY THEY'RE TAKING THEIR CHANCES, AND RIDE OUT THE STORM.
Alice Nardone/Old Saybook Resident: "I think we're okay, we have a generator, hopefully. and we have a dog and we're concerned about her."
KATE STAND UP TAG: OFFICIALS SAY RESIDENTS WHO DO CHOOSE TO STAY IN THE SHELTER SHOULD BRING A THREE DAY SUPPLY OF CLOTHES AND PERSONAL HYGENE PRODUCTS. WITH THE MOBILE NEWSROOM IN OLD SAYBROOK.
Power crews in Georgia are preparing for hurricane sandy too...

 

About 25 Georgia Power crews took off from atlanta this morning... for Baltimore.
These crews... Included engineers...trucks... And other resources that are headed up to baltimore to help with what Sandy may leave behind.
The storm is already predicted to produce wide-spread power outages - too much for the local crews to handle.

 

During a news conference in Pompton Lakes, NJ Sunday (10/28) to discuss storm preps, Gov Chris Christie of New Jersey answered a question from a reporter on contingency plans for voting in the upcoming general election due to the storm.
All of the Secretaries of the States mentioned had a conversation with the Lt Governor to discuss contingency plans. None have been developed yet. The fact is you have to keep people alive to vote. The fact is we have to worry about that first. Then we worry about voting.

 

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney changed their campaign plans Sunday to avoid Hurricane Sandy.
The giant storm is moving up the Atlantic coast and is expected to create massive problems for millions of people in several states.
Some of those include the politically crucial battleground states where both men had scheduled rallies.
Drew Levinson reports.
President Obama met with the federal emergency management team Sunday for an update on Hurricane Sandy.
"THIS IS A SERIOUS AND BIG STORM."
The President said FEMA will be ready to help wherever Sandy hits.
"WE ARE GOING TO CUT THROUGH RED TAPE, WE DON'T WANT TO GET BOGGED DOWN WITH A LOT OF RULES, WE ARE GOING TO BE THERE."
This was supposed to be a week of intense campaigning -
..but the massive storm has forced the Presidential candidates to alter their schedules.
.To beat the weather the President is leaving tonight for Monday stops in Florida and Ohio. He has already cancelled visits to Colorado and Northern Virginia .
GOP challenger Mitt Romney also cancelled his Virginia stops and re-routed himself to Ohio where he joined running mate Paul Ryan Sunday.
"LET'S TODAY WHEN WE GET HOME, PUT IN OUR PRAYERS, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ON THE EAST COAST IN THE WAKE OF THIS BIG STORM THAT IS COMING. LET'S NOT FORGET THOSE FELLOW AMERICANS OF OURS"
At second rally in Findlay - Romney too talked about the storm
"THERE ARE FOLKS IN ANOTHER PART OF THE COUNTRY WHO ARE DEALING WITH A BIG STORM AND OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THEM."
With nine days to go until election day and this race a dead heat--both candidates plan to hit as many battlegrounds states as possible - but the storm could determine exactly where and when they will get there.
The storm also forced Vice President Joe Biden and first lady Michelle Obama to cancel appearances in New Hampshire and Mitt Romney's wife... Ann cancelled her Monday events.

 

Now if you've followed the campaign at all in the last few weeks... You know just how close the vote could be.
So much so, that some analysts actually say there's a chance the President and Mitt Romney could *tie
There are a couple of scenarios that could cause that to happen.
If President Obama takes Colorado... Wisconsin... Pennsylvania... And Virginia.... A total of 52 electoral votes...
And Mitt Romney takes New Hampshire... Iowa... Ohio... Florida... North Carolina and Nevada... A total of 78 electoral votes... The two could theoretically tie!

 

Another possible way a tie could happen is... If Obama wins Colorado... Nevada... Virginia and New Hampshire... which totals to 32 votes
And Romney takes Florida... Ohio... Iowa and Wisconsin.. Which is 63 electorates...
Ultimately the winner needs 270 electoral votes to claim the oval office.
According to CNN... Each state we just listed is considered a swing state.
Some more than others... But each pivotal for the election on November 6.
CNN also reports that if the country sees an electoral college tie... The House of Representatives could elect the next president even if that candidate lost the popular vote.

 

Macon police are looking into a shooting early Saturday morning at a West Macon bar.
A 38-year-old male took a bullet to the pelvis and had to go to the hospital.
Police say his injury is not life-threatening.
A police statement said around 3 a.m., witnesses heard gunfire after 3 or 4 cars arrived at Z-2 sports bar on Williamson Road.
Police are asking for any information on what happened or who might be involved.
Tipsters can contact Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

 

Experts say Georgia is running out of time to implement its own health insurance marketplace.
States have until Nov. 16 to say whether they will build their own health insurance exchanges... or leave it to the federal government under the new health care law.
Gov. Nathan Deal and other Republican governors have delayed major decisions about the law in hopes it will be repealed if Mitt Romney wins the presidential election.
If the state builds a private marketplace... It must be up and running by the beginning of next year.

 

If you're filling up before the work week begins gas prices have gone down a bit.
The national average was close to 4 dollars a gallon a few months ago... But has since slid down to 3-55.
In Macon the average cost today is 3-31 a gallon... Down three cents from yesterday
And way down from this time last week.
It's down 20 cents from 3-51
We're also down from this time last year.... When the average price sat at 3-34.
With the summer season ending and refineries switching to the less expensive winter blend... Prices should continue to tumble.

 

Now some people don't always fill up their tank each time they gas up... In an attempt to spread out the purchasing of gas over time.
USA today conducted a poll recently to ask who tops off... And who likes to buy in spurts.
Take a look... 60 percent said they always fill to the top... And 40 percent said... They leave some room in the tank.

 

The City of Macon is picking a neighborhood in East Macon for some home improvement as part of the Mayor's 5 by 5 program...which is in its second year.
The goal is to restore five neighborhoods over five weeks in each of the city's five wards.
The city chose a neighborhood off gray highway to spruce up.
The area is bordered by Shurling drive, Fort Hill Street, Emory Highway, Second Street and Gray highway. For some residents who live next door to abandoned buildings...the cleanup will ease some concerns.
Very uncomfortable at times because you're always looking, peeping, and watching to see if anyone is going to come around or live in there.
This is the city's second neighborhood clean-up. It will start October 29 and last until November 30th.

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