EDITOR'S NOTE: CNN has sent dozens of reporters, producers, contributors and correspondents to the key battleground states to cover the final days of the 2012 election. Here is a brief report from one team:
(CNN) - With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the East Coast, one big unknown is the impact of this storm on the presidential election just 10 days away.
Here in the battleground state of North Carolina, early voting efforts are already being affected in two coastal counties.
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The early voting stations in Ocracoke and Dare County have been ordered closed today by the State Board of Elections. One additional early voting station in Pamlico County is scheduled to be shuttered tomorrow. Early voting stations in other counties are currently scheduled to operate as normal.
With the emphasis the competing campaigns have placed on early voting, the closing of any early voting stations - especially in a tightly contested battleground state like North Carolina - could have significant unintended consequences and put a dent in their carefully calibrated get-out-the-vote efforts.
This is just one concrete example of the early impact of Hurricane Sandy on this election even before it makes landfall. There are likely to be further disruptions that could impact the essentially tied swing state of Virginia as well delegate-rich Pennsylvania and possibly even Ohio.
We'll be traveling through all those states on the CNN Election Express Battleground State Bus Tour. And if you're in the storm's projected path, the old first responder rule is always applicable: "Prepare for the worst, hope for the best."