Washington shuts US government offices due to threatening weather

Washington shuts US government offices due to threatening weather

Government offices in the Washington D.C. area closed early on Monday due to severe weather conditions. Forecasters issued warnings for possible tornadoes, damaging winds, and large hailstones across the eastern U.S. In neighboring Maryland and Virginia, fast-moving thunderstorms and powerful winds caused trees to topple and knocked out power for nearly 200,000 homes and businesses. The southern and mid-Atlantic states experienced power outages affecting up to 800,000 customers.

Despite heavy rain and some hail, the nation’s capital managed to avoid any tornadoes before the National Weather Service tornado watch expired at 9 p.m. EDT. However, a coastal flood advisory remained in effect for Washington until 4 a.m. EDT.

A photo shows a person cycling past a fallen tree during the stormy weather in Washington, D.C. on August 7, 2023.

According to the National Weather Service, more than 29.5 million people from Alabama to western New York state were at risk of tornadoes on Monday. However, as of 9 p.m. EDT, no tornadoes had been reported.

Due to the thunderstorms, the Federal Aviation Administration grounded departing flights at airports in New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Baltimore. The FAA rerouted aircraft around the storms whenever possible.

In response to the severe weather, various municipal and federal services in the Washington area closed early, including libraries, museums, and the National Zoo. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management required federal employees to depart no later than 3 p.m.

FlightAware, a flight tracking site, reported that over 2,600 U.S. flights had been canceled, including 102 at Washington Reagan National Airport and 35 at Washington Dulles. An additional 7,700 U.S. flights experienced delays.

This article was reported by David Shepardson, with additional reporting by Jonathan Allen in New York and Daniel Trotta in Carlsbad, California. It was edited by Lisa Shumaker, David Gregorio, and Cynthia Osterman.

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