Hurricane Sandy hit the Washington area today, as if you didn’t know. Georgetown was mostly closed and empty. There were cars on the streets, and it is important for pedestrians to be alert. Many drivers think no one is walking in this weather.
A least through mid-day, a few eateries remained open, including Booeymonger’s, Bourbon Steak, Clyde’s, Cafe Milano, Dean and Deluca, Marvelous Market, Peacock Cafe, Bistrot Lepic, Bistro Français, Wisey’s and Wisemiller’s. The two CVS pharmacies were open. Some businesses boarded up like Lululelon and Papyrus; other threw down sandbags or taped their windows.
The floodgates are up at Washington Harbour. With Tony & Joe’s and Nick’s Riverside Grill just re-opening after 18 months after an April 2011 flood, there was concern for the revamped restaurants and the soon-to-open ice skating rink at the Potomac River complex.
Schools and universities are closed. D.C. schools are closed Tuesday. Also, the C&O Canal is drained. Tonight’s advisory neighborhood commission meeting has moved to Oct. 31.
Sandy is expected to bring rain and high winds today through Tuesday evening. Winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour are predicted from 8 a.m. Monday and will eventually increase to hurricane force wind gusts 60 to 70 miles per hour from noon until early Tuesday morning. Significant tree damage is predicted. Several warnings pertaining to the hurricane have been issued.
The National Hurricane Center recommends staying indoors and being prepared for extended power outages. If you live near large trees, they recommend staying in your home’s lower level or finding shelter somewhere else.
Metrobus and rail service will be suspended until further notice beginning today.
D.C. Water recommends having containers full of frozen tap water to provide additional cooling during power outages. Additionally, they noted that clogged storm drained can be reported by calling 202-612-3400.
The American Society of Civil Engineers will be available to provide information regarding the hurricane and its impact. The contact person is Jim Jennings at 703-295-6406.
Ready.gov, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has extensive guidelines for hurricane preparedness.
Other handy phone numbers:
•Dominion Power: 1-866-366-4357
•Potomac Edison: 1- 800- 255-3443
•NOVEC: 1-888-335- 0500
•Rappahannock: 1- 800-552-3904
•RCN: 1-800-RING- RCN (7464-726)