With Hurricane Florence expected to make landfall just before the weekend, a number of D.C.-area events and sites are making changes to their planned schedules ahead of expected severe weather.
WASHINGTON — With Hurricane Florence expected to make landfall just before the weekend, a number of D.C.-area events and sites are making changes to their planned schedules ahead of expected severe weather.
In Virginia, Shenandoah National Park will close at noon Thursday. Skyline Drive is closed to incoming traffic starting 10 a.m. Thursday.
“Damaging winds combined with already saturated soil will make for hazardous conditions with trees toppling and branches falling,” the National Park Service said in a news release Tuesday.
The park service added that Shenandoah’s backcountry is closed to overnight camping starting Wednesday. Those with permits will be contacted by park staff about the closure.
The annual 9/11 Heroes Run in Alexandria, Virginia, and Annapolis, Maryland, is postponed. The Travis Manion Foundation says it will make every effort to reschedule the event but there is no further information available yet. The run was scheduled for Sunday.
This year’s Dulles Day Festival and Plane Pull that was planned for Saturday has been canceled. The annual benefit for Special Olympics Virginia will not be rescheduled.
Elsewhere in the region, Virginia Tech said that East Carolina University is not traveling to Blacksburg, Virginia, for Saturday’s football matchup, which effectively cancels the game.
More details on whether the game could be rescheduled will be revealed when details are finalized. The school has not made any other decisions over the status of other Virginia Tech Athletics home events scheduled for this weekend.
The park service also said work on Arlington Memorial Bridge that was scheduled to close all lanes this weekend has now been pushed back to next weekend, planned for 7 p.m. on Sept. 21 through 5 a.m. on Sept. 24.