All across the region, officials, homeowners and business leaders are preparing for Hurricane Sandy.
Those preparations with the memories of Tropical Storm Irene’s devastation fresh in mind.
Weather forecasters say it seems certain that Sandy will move inland early next week and probably merge with a winter storm moving from the west.
Current projections show that southern Vermont and New Hampshire and western Massachusetts are likely to get the most rain and wind.
But that could change, depending on when and where the storm washes ashore.
In Vermont, officials are urging farmers to prepare for power outages and flooding.
Utility crews are staging their emergency response in anticipation of downed lines. And some towns have begun to prepare their emergency response centers in case they’re needed.