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The Waiting Game: For all the excitement in the build-up to a hurricane, there’s an awful lot of waiting around when it actually hits. How enjoyable that waiting is, though, depends a lot on whether you still have electricity. -2

No One Storm Should Knock Out All This Power: According to Pepco’s outage map, 5,000 customers in the District have lost power, with many more out in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. -6

Hurray for Gray: But you know what? Hurricane Sandy has seen, so far, no obvious missteps from a local government that usually provides plenty of them. +2

Relaxed Wizard: Wizards player Martell Webster had to sleep in his car at Dulles for a few hours after losing his keys, but seemed not to mind. +1

Friday’s Needle rating: 39 Today’s score: -5Monday’s Needle rating: 34