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Sandy may wallop polling places across northeast

The wrath of Hurricane Sandy may be felt all the way up until Nov. 6—and beyond.
A woman reacts to waves crashing over a seawall in Narragansett, R.I., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Hurricane Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents...
A woman reacts to waves crashing over a seawall in Narragansett, R.I., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Hurricane Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm...

The wrath of Hurricane Sandy may be felt all the way up until Nov. 6—and beyond.

The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore told Hardball host Chris Matthews on Monday night that power outages caused by the storm could affect voting throughout the northeast.

“We also have obviously the chance to have extended power outages, depending on the type of potential destruction here,” Cantore said live from evacuated Battery Park in New York.

“Yes, I think there will be places, there will be towns without power for several days, maybe even 10 days and that takes us well into election time,” Cantore added.

He said tree damage is expected to knock out power in parts of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New England and West Virginia.

“That’s a big concern” he said, adding “Many millions will be without power.”

FEMA director Craig Fugate has informed states that if there are costs associated with holding the election next week—like moving polling places, or importing generators to get the precincts working—they'll be reimbursed by the federal government, msnbc's Chuck Todd reports, citing senior administration sources.