Getting Around in the Storm
Wind restrictions are in effect this afternoon. House trailers, empty box trailers and other vehicles subject to strong winds are prohibited from crossing.
Call 877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for bridge traffic conditions, or call up baybridge.com and see the traffic camera views.
From the District Department of Transportation: Vehicles that impede city crews from removing downed trees or debris that block streets will be moved. Their owners will not be fined, but parking regulations will be enforced for illegally parked vehicles.
Drivers who think their vehicle has been towed or to confirm the location of a vehicle, should call 311 or go to www.dpw.dc.gov, click on "Parking Enforcement Services" then "Towing and Impoundment" to use DPW's online Towed Vehicle Locator.
They also can contact the District's Towing Control Dispatch Center at 202-576-6071.
On the Roads
See our traffic page for incident reports and camera views across the Washington region.
If power knocks out the traffic signals at an intersection, treat it as a four-way stop, no matter which direction you're coming from or how many lanes wide the roadway is.
Other typical problems: downed trees and high water. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the region until 6:15 p.m. (Check for updates with our Capital Weather Gang.)
Don't drive or walk through standing water and stay away from all downed utility lines. Don't try to assess what type of lines they are and don't assume they're powerless just because they're not sparking. Flooded areas may be harder to identify at night.
The District Department of Transportation says it has deployed portable stop signs, generators and trailers at several locations around the city for use in the event of a power outage, and traffic control officers are on stand-by to direct traffic if needed.
In the District, call 311 to report downed trees. Trees are removed from roads first, followed by trees on houses and then those that have fallen on sidewalks.
State police in Virginia and Maryland answer drivers' calls to #77.
There are some delays on Metro's Red, Orange and Blue lines because of scheduled maintenance. But there are no reported problems for trains and buses related to the weather. (Check the crawl across the top of Metro's home page for updates.)
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