How Will Hurricane Sandy Affect Your Tuesday?
The storm's arrival means another day of closings, traffic restrictions, while power restoration and storm clean up remains a priority for Prince George's County officials.
After a day of increasing rains and wind, Hurricane Sandy made landfall just after 8 p.m. in New Jersey.
A flood watch remains in effect through Tuesday and as of Tuesday morning, several thousands in the county were already without power.
So how will the storm affect you?
No school or classes for the county's students:
- Prince George’s County Public Schools are closed. All evening programs and activities are cancelled.
- Bowie State University classes have been cancelled for Tuesday.
- University of Maryland is closed, according to an alert issued Monday afternoon.
- Prince George's Community College is closed as well.
No work for some county, state and federal employees:
- Federal offices in the Washington area are closed Tuesday for the second day in a row, the Office of Personnel Management announced Monday. Non-emergency employees will be granted administrative leave.
- All Maryland state government offices are closed on Tuesday.
- Prince George's County government offices as well as circuit and district court houses remain closed. All individuals who have court dates or jury duty will be contacted by the courts about rescheduling dates. For all Court related questions, the media and public should call Sondra Battle, Court Administrator at 301-952-3708.
- The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission offices and facilities will be closed. All programs are cancelled for the day. The county's Department of Parks and Recreation essential employees are asked to contact their supervisors before reporting to work.
- Several municipal governments have closed, including the cities of Bowie, Laurel and Greenbelt. Hyattsville remains open with a liberal leave policy in effect.
County business affected:
- Early voting has been cancelled for Tuesday. Gov. Martin O'Malley said early voting centers would be open Friday to make up for the storm-related closures.
- Prince George’s County will not be picking up trash or recycling. All residents should place their trash cans inside during the storm.
- The joint County Council and Planning Board public hearing on the Central Branch Avenue Revitalization Sector Plan scheduled for Oct. 30 has been rescheduled for November 5th.
- County Council and District Council meetings are cancelled tomorrow. District Council business is postponed until Nov. 5. County Council business postponed until Nov. 7.
Your morning commute. Well, maybe not:
- O’Malley asked that residents stay off the roadways through Tuesday— which won't be difficult since WMATA and MARC have suspended all of their services at least through Tuesday Morning.
- TheBus's service also remains suspended.
- The county has also closed a number of roadways in Beltsville, Laurel, Bowie and Upper Marlboro.
Officials remained concerned about the intensity of Hurricane Sandy into Tuesday, even though the storm was downgraded to post-tropical status. Significant wind damage and flooding was expected overnight.
Prince George's County shelters remain open for residents displaced from their homes during the storm due to flooding, damage or prolonged lack of power.
Jeremiah Grier, shelter manager for Ritchie Coliseum on University of Maryland's campus, said the shelter is prepared to intake 160 to 200 county residents and their pets.
This afternoon, the shelter was empty, but volunteers set up the center with cots and unloaded food for the shelter's guest.
Grier said the shelter is set to remain open until residents' power is restored. The Department of Agriculture is on hand to care for residents' pets. Although he said that pets are not allowed in the building, unless they are service animals, they will be cared for in a trailer outdoors.
Here's the short term weather report:
- Tuesday: There is a 100 percent chance of rain, heavy at times, with accumulations possibly over one inch. Winds are expected to be 20 to 30 mph, with occasional gusts over 40 mph
- Tonight: There is an 80 percent chance of rain overnight, with winds expected at around 15 mph
- Wednesday: The day is expected to be partly cloudy with high temperatures at around 57 degrees and a 10 percent chance of rain
- Police/Fire: Call 911, non-emergency 311
- Report an Outage
- 1 (877) PEPCO-62
- Report Downed Wires
- (202) 872-3432
- BGE Call: (877) 778-2222
- SMECO 877-74-SMECO or 1-877-747-6326
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Call: 1-800-828-4002
This article has been updated.
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