Herndon area Patch readers wanted to know what was happening during Hurricane Sandy and it shows in our numbers.
October's top read article was . Sandy-related articles took many of the top slots in our top 20 most-read articles this month.
Other stories Herndon Patch readers read included information on the tragic Peterson murder-suicide, Herndon's homecoming events, and articles related to the 2012 election, including police reports of political signs being stolen.
For more on each story, click the links below. Stories are listed in order of popularity as of October 31.
Area readers searched out information on who had and didn't have power as well as when they might get their power back.
Peterson Funeral Scheduled for Thursday
The funeral for Kathleen, Matthew and Christopher Peterson was held Thursday, Oct. 4.
State Officials: Make Final Preparations for Hurricane Sandy ‘Right Now’
The summer derecho snuck up on many and Virginia's state and local officials wanted residents to be prepared for Sandy.
Where to Pick Your Own Apples in Northern Virginia
The area's fall-loving residents wanted to know where the best places to go apple picking are located.
Worst of Hurricane Sandy to Hit Monday Afternoon in Northern Virginia
Details on when to expect the worst of Hurricane Sandy.
UPDATE: Herndon Man Found in Glacier National Park
A local man was found safe after going missing in Glacier National Park.
Fairfax County Launches New Hurricane Reporting Tool
The county gave residents a new tool to report details on downed trees and hurricane damage.
The Petersons were found dead in their home on Sept. 25.
In one of this year's stranger police reports, dirty diapers and empty beer bottles were thrown at a house. Mitt Romney campaign signs were also reported damaged.
Hundreds Attend Vigil for Peterson Family
Many area residents attended a candlelight vigil for the Peterson family held at Floris United Methodist Church.
Herndon Homecoming Parade 2012 Lineup
Many parents and families wanted to check out the homecoming parade lineup to know when to look for their children and teens for photos.
Orionids Meteor Shower: Where to Watch in Herndon
The Orionids Meteor Shower peaked on Oct. 20-21.
Letter to the Editor: HHS Renovations are Needed
Falls Church group UPROAR is seeking to jump ahead of Herndon High in priority for renovations.
What Time is the Last Presidential Debate?
Many were looking for information on the presidential debates this month.
Photos: Community Grieves Herndon Family at Vigil
The vigil filled Floris United Methodist Church on Sept. 26 after the Peterson family was found dead in their home.
Herndon Homecoming Schedule of Events
"What time does the parade start?" was an oft-asked question in October.
Could Sandy Head for Northern Virginia?
Early on in Sandy's path we looked at the impact the hurricane could have on our area.
Third-Party Presidential Candidates Square Off
Three of four candidates at the Oct. 23 debate in Chicago -- Gov. Gary Johnson, Dr. Jill Stein and Virgil Goode -- are on Virginia's ballot this year..
Speak Out: Who Won the Second Presidential Debate?
Community members discussed their thoughts on who won the second presidential debate.
FCPS Offers Support After Students' Deaths
Westfield High and Carson Middle School had counselors in place for students grieving loss of two Herndon boys killed in a murder-suicide Sept. 25.
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