Washington, D.C. federal agencies closed Oct. 29 - UPDATED

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UPDATE: WMATA has announced the indefinite suspension of Metro and bus service starting Oct. 29.

Federal offices in the Washington, D.C. area will be closed to the public on Oct. 29, and non-emergency federal employees will be granted an excused absence, the Office of Personnel Management has announced.

The announcement comes as the East Coast from the mid-Atlantic northward prepares for the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy, an unusually large storm projected to cause inland flooding and wind gusts resulting in sustained power outages caused by trees falling over transmission lines. The center will likely make landfall between the Delmarva Peninsula and Long Island Monday night.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority states that it will operate normal bus and rail services on Oct. 29, although "modifications to service levels are possible based on changes in the forecast."

MARC commuter rail in Maryland will not operate on Oct. 29, and Amtrak will cancel "nearly all service on the eastern seaboard." Amtrak service north of New York has already begun to shut down.  

Administrative leave does not apply to Washington, D.C. federal employees who are

  • required to telework,
  • on official travel outside of the Washington, D.C. area,
  • on leave without pay, or
  • on an alternative work schedule day off.

For more:
- go to the OPM webpage for current federal government operating status in the Washington, D.C. area
go to the National Hurricane Center webpage for Hurricane Sandy
go to Ready.gov to learn about hurricane preparation
go to the National Weather Service webpage for forecasts

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