Superstorm Sandy: Local crews to help with recovery efforts

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Hundreds from the D.C. area are heading to hard-hit places to help with storm recovery efforts.

Dominion Power is sending 1,500 workers to New Jersey, for at least a week and a half, to help restore power.

The crews slept at the Gaylord hotel at the National Harbor overnight. Friday morning, they will eat breakfast and hit the road for New Jersey at 7:30 a.m.

This is the largest out-of-state deployment for the local utility company.

Dominion has had crews from all over, including 200 from Canada, working 16-hour days to assist with the around-the-clock power restoration effort in the D.C. region, where hundreds of thousands were without power.

In Northern Virginia alone, more than 300,000 homes have been restored.{ }

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced a string of orders and plans intended to speed New Jersey's recovery from Superstorm Sandy, including telling teachers to work on their days off and utilities to speed up the job of power restoration.

The Red Cross is also sending several emergency response vehicles to snowbound West Virginia, where the state’s governor asked president for a federal disaster declaration after nearly 3 feet of snow.

The massive storm that started out as Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast and morphed into a huge and problematic system, killing at least 90 people in the United States.

Power outages now stand at more than 3.9 million homes and businesses, down from a peak of 8.5 million.{ }

The Associated Press contributed to this story.