In Massachusetts, people were taking their boats out of the water. In Maryland, utility crews were testing the strength of their power lines, and in Washington, D.C., the hardware stores were busy.
"Looking at a generator, it is time to have some back-up," said Eric White, a Washington, D.C. resident. Residents across the Northeast were preparing for the giant storm.
Sandy brought nothing more than gusty winds and heavy surf to Florida, but in the Northeast, "Frankenstorm" was expected to bring coastal flooding, heavy rains, and hurricane force winds beginning late this weekend.
In Scituate, Massachusetts, George Dow was preparing for the storm as well. "I talked to a couple of fishermen, and I kinda believe what they said, and they said they think it's going to be one of the worst storms in 10 years," he said.
And in Washington, D.C. where flooding was a big problem this summer, utility crews are checking the sewer lines ahead of Sandy's arrival.
"(We need to) make sure we are prepared in the basement and tell my tenants to put the furniture back up on bricks," said Sean Grubbs-Robishaw, a D.C. landlord.
In Rockaway Beach, New York, Kathleen O'Connell wasn't taking any chances with Sandy;l she was stocking up on supplies. "Well last year we had the big snow storm right before Halloween so I got caught with that stuff, so I learned the hard way," she said.
It's a mistake she won't make again with a hurricane less than two days away.