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Academy Award winner rides out superstorm Sandy

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Photo courtesy Russell Williams who was in Washington , D.C. when superstorm Sandy hit October 29, 2012

Photo courtesy Russell Williams who was in Washington , D.C. when superstorm Sandy hit October 29, 2012

The East Coast took a brutal pounding from the superstorm Sandy, which made landfall late yesterday. The storm caused widespread devastation in some of the mid-Atlantic states, knocking out power to millions. At least 26 deaths have been blamed on Sandy, now moving slowly across the country — less powerful, but still a threat.

The nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., suffered only a glancing blow from Sandy with some flooding, trees down, and more than 140,000 homes without power this morning, according to the Washington Post.  Also, the Post says, “… officials warned that flooding could worsen over the next two days as the tide rises and as storm-swollen rivers and creeks flow from the north and west into local waterways.”

Photo courtesy American University -- Russell Williams two-time Academy Award winner

Photo courtesy American University — Russell Williams two-time Academy Award winner

One of those riding out Sandy in D.C., two-time Academy Award winner Russell Williams, who is now a professor at American University where he teaches film and media arts. The photo at the top of this post is Williams out in the stormy weather yesterday. He says he got hit with “… a few gusts that moved me around a little bit,” but wisely sought shelter when the big winds kicked up.

Today, Williams woke up to very little flooding in his Connecticut Ave Heights neighborhood, however, classes are canceled at American University so the professor will be working from home for now.  Williams won back to back Oscars for best sound for “Glory” (1989) and “Dances with Wolves” (1990).

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