Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Ten Montgomery County public schools remained without power as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30.
Montgomery County Public Schools and offices will open on time Wednesday, Oct. 31, according to a county schools statement. County schools and administrative offices were closed on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 29 and 30, due to Hurricane Sandy. "As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, there were 10 MCPS schools and buildings without power and only minor damage was reported to school facilities. MCPS is working to make sure all buildings are ready to open on time Wednesday morning," according to the statement. "If it becomes necessary to close individual schools due to power loss or storm-related damage, MCPS will communicate directly with those school communities, as well as through the media and emergency communication methods," the statement said.
Pepco "relieved" that storm did not generate as many outages as anticipated.
Hurricane Sandy left more than 10,200 Pepco customers in Montgomery County without power as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, according to Pepco's Storm Center website. In comparison, the derecho of June 29, 2012, left more than 17,000 people in Montgomery County without power for a week, Patch reported last summer. "Pepco is relieved that the storm did not generate as many outages as we had anticipated," Pepco spokesman Clay Anderson told Patch Tuesday. "In Montgomery County, we are looking at outages that are spread across the county, pretty widely dispersed," Anderson said. In particular, Pepco is working to clean up a number of trees that came down during the storm in Bethesda and Potomac, Anderson added. Estimated power restoration times …
Find out how to handle storm debris and what to do with it.
As Sandy moves out and the cleanup begins, the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station in Rockville will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Montgomery County announced. There will be no county trash or recycling collection on Tuesday. County service will slide with service two days later than usual through the weekend: Click here for information about service for municipal residents. Click here for more information about storm debris collection. Click here to sign up for service updates from the county Division of Solid Waste Services.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Power outages increased in Montgomery County as Hurricane Sandy grew closer to making landfall Monday evening.
More than 8,400 Pepco customers were without power in Montgomery County by 6:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29:
In the early stages of storm, Pepco reports 2,500 outages in Montgomery County.
More than 2,500 Pepco customers were without power in Montgomery County, Pepco reported Monday afternoon. Pepco's Storm Center website reported that the following ZIP codes were experiencing power outages as of about 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29:
Declaration means the county could receive federal aid for storm costs.
County Executive Isiah Leggett declared a state of emergency for Montgomery County on Monday, making the county eligible for federal aid as it responds to Hurricane Sandy, a county spokeswoman said. The declaration allows the county to call upon staff to respond to the storm as needed, Mary Anderson said. “It’s mainly a human resources [measure] in terms of getting people to work,” Anderson said. “It changes pay structures and it’s also useful in seeking federal reimbursement later on." States of emergency were declared in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. Howard County Executive Ken Ulman also signed an emergency declaration for that county. The declaration makes the county eligible for federal reimbursement for overtime hours …
Flood warning in effect; winds expected to gust to 75 mph.
Update, 8:50 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29: A two-car crash that killed a 66-year-old woman Monday in Clarksburg was weather-related, The Washington Post reports. Medical examiner David Fowler told The Post, "'If not for the storm' the accident would not have occurred ...." -- As Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast, Maryland and Montgomery County are under states of emergency, a flood warning is in effect and schools, transit services and government facilities will be closed for a second day on Tuesday. The National Weather Service reported that Rock Creek crossed its flood stage of 7 feet just after 5 p.m. and was steadily rising. A flood warning remains in effect until 8:30 p.m. Forecasts called for increasingly strong winds, with gusts…
Although the storm has not yet made landfall in the Mid-Atlantic states, power outages already are being reported, according to Pepco's Storm Center website.
Although Hurricane Sandy hadn't yet made landfall in the Mid-Atlantic region by Monday afternoon, power outages already were being reported on Pepco's Storm Center website. As of 2:15 p.m. on Monday, the following ZIP codes in Montgomery County and Northwest and Northeast Washington, DC, were experiencing power outages, according to Pepco's website: The National Weather Service expects high winds to begin Monday afternoon and to continue in Maryland for about 24 to 36 hours, according to a statement from the Maryland Public Service Commission. "The particular challenges posed by Hurricane Sandy, including sustained periods of powerful winds and flooding, may limit restoration efforts in the early hours, but the [Maryland Public Service] …
Empty highways, roads closed, bare store shelves—the storm documented in photos. Share yours here.
A fallen tree, a gushing gutter, a wind-swept streetscape -- Hurricane Sandy is making its presence felt in Montgomery County. Local Patch staff will be posting images from the storm around Montgomery County here. All you have to do to do post an image is click on the button "Upload photos," do just that and post it to the gallery. In your captions try to provide as much information about time and location to give readers more of a sense of what's going on. But we ask one thing - stay safe. Don't take risks in the storm. Just click on "Upload Photos and Videos" if you want to contribute.
Don't travel these routes.
Updated 10:05 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30: At 8:10 a.m., Montgomery County reported that the following roads were partially or entirely closed due to flooding or downed trees or wires. The county is urging residents to avoid traveling today as wind and flooding still could create hazardous road conditions. Note: Roads may reopen faster than the county updates this list. A Patch editor reported that he traveled the length of Quince Orchard Road and Montgomery Village Avenue this morning and did not encounter any closures. If you have information about closed or reopened roads to relay to neighbors, please add it to the comments below. If you see a tree touching a power line, stay clear of the tree and call Pepco at 1-877-737-2662. Call 911 in …