Yes, Virgina, it’s a big one: Hurricane Sandy is on its way
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Yes, Virgina, it’s a big one: Hurricane Sandy is on its way

October 28th, 2012 by Maria Helena Carey · No Comments · Capitol Hill, DC

Unless you are currently living under a rock and shunning all social media (which probably also means you’re not reading this so never mind about that), you may know that Hurricane Sandy is on its way over here, and about to collide with a Nor’easter. The storm is still a Category 1 hurricane and it’s already beating up beaches from North Carolina to New York City, moving in a NE direction at 14 miles per hour as of 2 pm EDT, according to NOAA.

At a press conference held earlier today, Mayor Vincent Gray announced that DCPS would be closed on Monday, October 29th, but he made no further announcement as to whether the DC government would also close tomorrow. DCPS made the announcement to parents an hour after the press conference. In a Friday press release, Mayor Gray had already declared DC in a state of emergency, and had acknowledged that on account of the dire weather predictions, the city would start preparing accordingly. So far, sandbags are being distributed at Takoma Rec Center/Coolidge HS today until 6 4 pm. Trash collection and street sweeping are also cancelled tomorrow. If you would like to watch footage from the press conference, click through to see WUSA9’s coverage. No decision has yet been made on closing early voting sites.

If you are traveling, there are flight delays and cancellations in effect so check here before you travel (URL has links to IAD and FAA sites). Amtrak has cancelled train service in the northeast corridor tomorrow; MARC has cancelled service as well.

The Capital Weather Gang has extensive coverage of the storm. Their latest post, complete with a storm timeline and questions of how Sandy will compare to June’s Derecho storm, can be found here.

Finally, for fun, here is a Washington Post round up of the best apps to have once we all lose power and PEPCO abandons us (ETA 4:19 pm– Make sure you download Pepco’s app at http://www.pepco.com/home/emergency/mobileapp/ because you never know). Also, over at Mashable, a mesmerizing explanation of just why Sandy has everyone so very nervous. And finally, a moment of zen: wind patterns over the United States. Oooooh. Pretty. Oooooh.

And if you are looking for kombucha, don’t bother going to the UnSafeway: Jen DeMayo says they are out. I know you’re bummed.

We will update this post as we find out new information. We will also post updates on our Twitter feed and on Facebook, so if you’re not following or liking us there yet, please do so!

Update, 5:59 pm. We have learned via Twitter that the Federal Government is CLOSED. George Mason University will not hold class through Tuesday, 10/30 at noon.

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