This is Eyewitness News at 11.
thanks for joining us for eyewitness news at eleven, I'm Jennifer Moulliet.
Around 700 Central Georgians are without power tonight.
According to Georgia Power... Strong winds from Hurricane Sandy are knocking trees onto the power lines.
540 of them are in Milledgeville and 160 in Macon... The rest are scattered throughout the area.
Ga Power is currently working on restoring power.
They say the numbers could go up and down throughout the night as the storm continues.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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. Judy Le has that story.
Vanessa Mitchell calls this East Macon neighborhood home.
I was born and raised down at the other end of Woolfolk street back in the 60's.
It's a place that needs a little tender loving care. You see...there's clutter in the streets and abandoned homes on almost every block.
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.
So the City of Macon chose this neighborhood to spruce up. It's part of the five by five 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.
Tear the old abandoned houses down and clean the yard.
From cutting grass to repairing streets...the city will work in this ward for about a month.
The area is bordered by Shurling drive, Fort Hill Street, Emory Highway, Second Street and Gray highway.
Judy Le 13wmaz eyewitness news.
The clean-up will start October 29 and last until November 30th.
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.
Everyday you trust that the things you bring into your home are safe for you and your family...but when those products don't work the way they should... The company issues a recall to protect you.
Rivers Edge is recalling their hunters tree stands because the snap-hook assemblies can fail... Causing the stands and the user to fall.
The company has received three reports of the hook assemblies failing.
The stands were sold at sporting goods stores nationwide from May of this year to September of this year for between forty and 120 dollars.
For more information call (866) 527-9690.
Dorel Juvenile Group is recalling their Eddie Bauer Rocking Wood Bassinets because the bottom locking mechanism can fail to lock properly if a spring is not installed... Allowing the bassinet to tip to one side and posing a suffocation hazard to infants.
The company has received 17 reports of this happening.
The bassinets were sold at Target... Toys r us... And sears from December 2007 to January 20-11 for around 150 dollars.
For more information call (877) 416-0165.
Tricam Industries is recalling their easy reach step stools because the top step can break posing a fall hazard to consumers.
The company has received five reports of the step breaking.
The step stools were sold exclusively at Home Depot stores from April of this year to August of this year for around 30 dollars.
For more information call (855) 336-0360.
That's it for this week's recall wrap for more information on recalled products visit our website... 13 WMAZ-dot com look for the features drop down menu on our homepage and then select recalls.
The Statue of Liberty celebrates its 126th birthday today...And what better way to celebrate then with an official re-opening after a thirty million dollar renovation.
The renovations included upgrading out-of-date staircases and a glass enclosed elevator.
But Lady Liberty---may have to share the spotlight with Hurricane Sandy---which is bearing down on the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast in the next couple days.
That is the show for tonight... We'll see you back here at 5 for Eyewitness News Mornin
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