Tuesday Storm Update: Winds, Rain Expected to Diminish
Temperatures could feel as cold as 40 degrees. More than 180,000 without power Tuesday morning.
Update - 2:53 p.m. Tuesday
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday afternoon that the commonwealth was "spared a significant event" with Hurricane Sandy.
The brunt of the damage was north of Virginia along the New Jersey coast.
Power outages from Sandy will not last nearly as long as they did during this past summer's derecho.
“It is our intention to have all our customers restored to service by Thursday night,” said Rodney Blevins, vice president of distribution operations for Dominion. Northern Virginia sustained the most damage, Blevins said.
In Northern Virgina, where the bulk of Dominion’s efforts are being focused, 92,000 customers are without power as of 1:33 p.m., Blevins said.
Blevins said to continue to report 1-866-DOM-HELP for downed lines or power outages.
Update - 11 a.m. Tuesday
The National Weather Service in Sterling reported Fort Belvoir experienced a wind gust of 63 mph Monday night at 9:29 p.m. Reagan National Airport had a wind gust of 60 mph at 9:51 p.m. Monday. Wind gusts of 70 mph and above were reported in multiple locations in Maryland.
Update - 10:25 a.m. Tuesday
Lingering rain showers and breezy conditions will continue through Wednesday morning as the last remnants of Hurricane-turned-Post-Tropical Storm Sandy exit the area.
The biggest change from before Sandy is the temperature, which will struggle to get into the low 40s today. Temperatures will rise into middle and upper 50s Wednesday and beyond under partly to mostly cloudy skies, but our warm autumn weather is a luxury of the past.
Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia are under a flood warning. The National Weather Service is predicting flooding along the Potomac River between Harpers Ferry and Washington, D.C.
Monday, NWS reported that "residents and businesses along the Potomac River in...Washington should prepare for a flood not seen since the floods of 1996." Potomac River estimates Tuesday morning are slightly lower than they were Monday, but flooding is still expected to be a serious problem. The next high tide is just after 9 p.m. Tuesday.
The Washington Metropolitian Area Transportation Authority says Metro (rail and bus) will re-open at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Residents of the Huntington neighborhood just south of Alexandria were evacuated Monday night.
Sandy made landfall Monday around 8 p.m. over central and southern New Jersey and left more than 3 million people without power up and down the eastern United States.
At its peak more than 200,000 were without power in Northern Virginia and the District. By 10:30 a.m., Dominion Virginia Power reported fewer than 100,000 without power in Northern Virginia. Pepco had 3,300 without power in the District and about 15,000 without power in Montgomery and Prince George's County, Md.
Original post - 5:59 a.m. Tuesday
The bulk of Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy's wrath has left Virginia, but winds, rain and cold weather are expected to linger Tuesday as more than 180,000 Virginians wait for electricity to be restored.
The National Weather Service said in a Tuesday forecast, "New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible." NWS canceled a high wind warning early Tuesday morning and issued a wind advisory in its place until 2 p.m. Tuesday.
"A wind advisory means that wind gusts of 45 to 55 mph are expected," according to NWS.
As Capital Weather Gang's Matt Rogers put it in a 4 a.m. blog Tuesday morning, "Sandy showed us her worst yesterday through last night and now she is left to spin out a slow death pretty close by."
Virginia Department of Transportation announced Monday night restrictions will be lifted on high occupancy vehicle lanes on interstates 66, 95, 395, and the Dulles Toll Road Tuesday.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) issued a landslide alert for Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and southern Pennsylvania. "The most likely type of landslide triggered by this event will be shallow landslides on coastal bluffs in the Chesapeake Bay area and adjoining estuaries. In addition, some areas in the forecast area contain landslides that were caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011 that have not yet been stabilized."
"Power outages peaked statewide at around midnight with 204,663 power outages," Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller said in an email. "By 5 a.m., reported power outages were at 183,721 statewide."
According to the interactive outage reporter on Dominion Virginia Power's Web site, 109,978 Northern Virginians are without power Tuesday morning as of 5:30 a.m. For individual area updates, call 866-366-4357.
- Pepco reported 25,034 customers without power in the District and Maryland as of 5 a.m. (updates available here).
- Novec reported 21,445 customers without power as of 5 a.m. (updates available here).
- Rappahannock Electric Cooperative reported approximately 17,511 ustomers without power as of 5 a.m. (updates available here).
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell issued a statement encouraging Virginians to use the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund to help fellow citizens recover from Sandy. The fund is a state-managed relief vehicle allowing individual Virginians and businesses to assist in recovery efforts following major natural disasters in the Commonwealth: https://payments.vi.virginia.gov/donatenow.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority has closed Metrorail, Metrobus and other services for Tuesday. VRE trains are canceled for Tuesday, as are most local bus services. Schools across Northern Virginia and D.C. are closed Tuesday.
The Virginia Department of Transportation reported Tuesday morning, "About 143 secondary roads in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties remain closed due to either high water, downed trees and/or power lines. The majority of these roads are in Fairfax County. The complete list of road closures and advisories, sortable by county, is updated continually and is available at www.511virginia.org/mobile/?menu_id=conditions."
If you come to an intersection where traffic signals are not working, treat the intersection as if it were a four-way stop.
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