Thursday, September 18, 2003

Here's the latest on Hurricane Isabel and DC:

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush headed for the hills, Congress got out of town and most of the everyday people left in the nation's capital were told to stay home as Hurricane Isabel drew a bead on the region. Transit authorities announced Thursday that the subway and bus systems would stop picking up passengers for the day at 11 a.m., EDT, followed by decisions by federal, state and municipal governments in the area to close. Schools were either closed for the day, or planning to send pupils home well before the expected arrival of nasty weather by mid-afternoon.

Heavy rains, potential flooding and wind gusts approaching 70 mph were expected by nightfall. At the White House, Bush received a briefing about the approaching hurricane Wednesday and spoke with officials about ways to ensure coordination among state, federal and local governments to assess damage and provide assistance. He then flew to the Camp David presidential retreat in the Maryland mountains Wednesday evening, a day early than planned, to beat the storm.

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