Washington, D.C. federal agencies closed Oct. 30

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Hurricane Sandy has forced the second day of federal agency closure in the Washington, D.C. area. The Office of Personnel Management says non-emergency federal employees should take administrative leave on Oct. 30 unless they are required to telework, on official travel outside the area, already on leave without pay or taking an alternative work schedule day off.

OPM estimates that of the approximately 300,000 federal employees in the Washington, D.C. area, about a third are teleworking or have reported in-person for emergency duties. 

The agency's announcement comes as the storm comes closer to the Atlantic coast, with the National Hurricane Center predicting landfall in southern New Jersey this evening. Hurricane-force winds extend up to 175 miles outward from the center, the center says.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the District of Columbia in effect until 8 a.m. Oct. 30. The center warns that the greater Washington metropolitan area is at risk of major river flooding and that wind gusts will increase steadily throughout the afternoon. Wind gusts at Reagan National Airport have reached 47 miles per hour and at Dulles International Airport have reached 44 miles per hour.

Washington, D.C.-area public transportation remains closed with no immediate prospect of service restoration.

For more:
go to the OPM webpage for current federal government operating status in the Washington, D.C. area
go to the National Hurricane Center webpage for Hurricane Sandy
go to Ready.gov to learn about hurricane preparation
go to the National Weather Service webpage for forecasts

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