A dangerous wind storm is whipping through the area, causing downed trees, power lines, and numerous cancellations. Graphic courtesy National Weather Service.
A high-impact storm is moving through the area through Saturday, leaving downed trees, power lines and numerous cancellations in its wake.
A High Wind Warning has been issued through 6AM Saturday by the National Weather Service.
Montgomery County Government is open with liberal leave for non-essential employees. MCPS is closed. Recreation programs, classes, and activities are canceled. Senior Centers are closed and Recreation Centers are open for drop-in activities only. OPM is reporting that all Federal offices are closed.
MARC Train services are also canceled for today, and WMATA is reporting slower-than-normal Metrorail service:
MARC Train – all service suspended due to severe weather conditions, Federal Govt is closed, trees already falling on tracks and signal problems occurring. Safety is our first priority. Will update later today regarding Saturday Penn Line service.
— MTA Maryland (@mtamaryland) March 2, 2018
Wind update (5:50 a.m.)
• Metrorail operating every 12 min/line with reduced speeds above ground for safety
• Metrobus & MetroAccess operating; delays possible due to downed trees
• Please travel only if necessary
• Metro offices closed, essential personnel must report#wmata
— Metro (@wmata) March 2, 2018
Numerous power outages have been reported in Montgomery County, as many as 15,000 according to Bethesda Beat:
About 15,000 customers affected by power outages in Montgomery County so far this morning, according to Pepco's latest figures on its website. Remember, wind speeds are expected to pickup by midday: https://t.co/ksYYKoOtYm pic.twitter.com/ib6YwIuWlI
— Bethesda Beat (@BethesdaBeat) March 2, 2018
We’re seeing numerous reports of storm damage on Twitter:
— Jennifer Gerres, DPM (@GerresDPM) March 2, 2018
— SilverSpringAvenue (@silverspringave) March 2, 2018
— Lori Gardner (@foodobsessed6) March 2, 2018
— Lee Jamilkowski (@JamileeD) March 2, 2018
— Effie (@EffieMK) March 2, 2018
Some county and state roads are closed as well, according to Montgomery County EMA:
Here is a current list of county and state road closures as of 9:30 am on March 2nd. We will update this list as additional details become available through the event. #mdtraffic pic.twitter.com/CZN1rOk30V
— MC Emergency Mgmt (@ReadyMontgomery) March 2, 2018
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