Schools back in session

Flood waters shut down King and South Union streets to traffic in Alexandria after high tide Tuesday night. Flooding along the Potomac is expected to rise Wednesday. (Michelle Basch/WTOP)
Sandbags are piled in front of an ice cream shop on King Street in Old Town Alexandria Tuesday to thwart rising flood waters from the Potomac.(Michelle Basch/WTOP)
A little girl plays in shallow flood waters on King Street in Alexandria Tuesday evening. The waters receded before the night was over but are expected to return again Wednesday. (Michelle Basch/WTOP)

WASHINGTON – Things are slowly getting back to normal after superstorm Sandy.


Most public school systems in the WTOP listening area will be back in session. Schools that will be closed or delayed will be on WTOP’s Closings and Delays list


Expect a light shower or sprinkle early on Wednesday. For the most part, it will be fairly cloudy, but less windy and a tad milder with highs around 55.

While it will be dry for trick-or-treating. It will become cold as the sun goes down just after 6 p.m. That’s when it will drop into the low 50s and mid 40s.

Thursday will be partly cloudy and 55, while Friday is mostly sunny and in the low- to mid 50s.


Many families and businesses continue to deal with power outages. More than 104,000 remained without electricity at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

PEPCO estimates that all of its customers will have power back by Tuesday night.

Since its sister company, Atlantic City Electric, has many more customers without power in New Jersey, PEPCO crews will head north to help them once they’re done in the D.C. area.

NOVEC expects to restore most customers’ service by Thursday night.


Federal agencies in D.C. will be open Wednesday with unscheduled leave/telework in effect.

Non-Emergency Employees must notify their supervisor of their intent to use unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework, according to OPM.

Early voting will resume Wednesday in D.C. at 8:30 a.m. and in Maryland at 8 a.m.

Mass Transit

Metro restored all service.

MARC restored service but the Brunswick station is without power. Customers need to buy one-way tickets with cash.

Virginia Railway Express is operating full service, but the elevator is out of service at Franconia/Springfield. Passengers who need the elevator to connect to Metro must ride to Alexandria.

Amtrak and Airports

Amtrak says there will be no Acela Express service along the Northeast Corridor on Wednesday. Amtrak has resumed some service between Newark, N.J. and points south.

Superstorm Sandy “>grounded more than 18,000 flights across the Northeast and the globe, and it will take days before travel gets back to normal.

Airports serving D.C. and Baltimore began to resume flights Tuesday.

The first incoming flight at Baltimore-Washington International airport arrived Tuesday before 9 a.m. Delta has several flights arriving and departing Tuesday afternoon, and United Airlines had flights arriving Tuesday night, according to BWI spokesman Jonathan Dean.

A limited number of flights at Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport resumed Tuesday afternoon, according to a spokeswoman from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. More airlines are expected to resume operations Wednesday morning.

Travelers should check with their airlines and check their flight status here.

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