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Mayor Gray Closes District Government Tuesday

Monday, October 29, 2012

Mayor Gray Closes District Government Tuesday

All government offices and DC Public Schools will remain closed for day

(Washington, DC)  Mayor Vincent C. Gray today announced that the District government and DC Public Schools will be closed again Tuesday, October 30 due to the expected negative effects of Hurricane Sandy.

“Because this storm is expected to continue affecting the region with strong winds for the rest of the night and into tomorrow morning, we think it’s in the best interest of public safety to close our government offices and public schools again tomorrow,” Mayor Gray said. “This is also prudent move because we do not yet know how power outages will affect facilities across the District.”

As of 2 pm, only minor street flooding had been reported, although heavy rain – which may total up to a foot or more in the District before the storm ends – has already been falling. The peak winds are expected though this evening and into tomorrow morning. Sustained tropical-storm-force winds of 40-60 miles per hour with gusts up to hurricane strength (75 miles per hour or more) are possible, and duration of the storm’s peak impact will likely be several hours – with conditions expected to deteriorate rapidly the rest of this afternoon and the peak of the extreme winds expected between Monday evening and the early hours of Tuesday morning, with high winds extending well into the day on Tuesday.

“District residents need to shelter in place during the peak of this storm, preferably on the lowest level of their home and as far away as possible from windows and potential falling trees,” Mayor Gray said.

District officials and federal, regional and utility partners worked through the weekend to ensure the District’s residents, businesses and infrastructure are as ready as possible for the effects of the storm.