Archive for October, 2012

Wendy Rieger’s Rehoboth Beach Hotel Room Is Well Stocked With Crackers and Sausage

Day One of Hurricane Sandy belonged to NBC 4's Wendy Rieger. Sadly, the station still has not posted the video of Rieger's awesome Rehoboth Beach rooftop soliloquy yesterday. (The shoutout was nice, NBC 4, but we want the Mascara Tape online, pronto!)
A producer did, however, release this Wendy gem into the wild. Rieger takes the [...]

The Needle: Storm Lockdown

The Waiting Game: For all the excitement in the build-up to a hurricane, there's an awful lot of waiting around when it actually hits. How enjoyable that waiting is, though, depends a lot on whether you still have electricity. -2
No One Storm Should Knock Out All This Power: According to Pepco's outage map, 5,000 customers [...]

Balls! Storm Takes the “A” Off USA Today Building

Hurricane Sandy's rampage continues, claiming as its latest victim an "A" in "USA" on the USA TODAY sign on Gannett's McLean, Va., building.
USA TODAY reporter Natalie DiBlasio tweeted a picture of the fallen sign, speculating whether the paper should change its name to "US TODAY or USA TODY?"
A USA TODAY rep confirms via email that [...]

Photos: Sandy’s Quiet Beginning

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Yet Another Modern Convenience Falls to Hurricane Sandy

Trains, buses, Bikeshare—is there any form of transportation Hurricane Sandy will leave for people foolhardy enough to go out in this storm? Apparently not.
In an email to customers this afternoon, car-sharing service car2go announced that no new rentals could start after 7 p.m. tonight. Additionally, no cars can be abandoned in the following flood-prone zones:

Southwest [...]

No Metro Service Tuesday Morning

As you could have probably guessed from all the other shutdowns planned for tomorrow, Metro just came out with news that bus and rail service will not resume tomorrow morning.
Exactly when Metro service will return is unclear—but it could be sometime tomorrow. According to a release from the agency, no announcements will be made until [...]

Mayor: D.C. Government, Schools Closed Tomorrow

Update, 3:47 p.m.: The federal government is closed in D.C. tomorrow, too.

And so the cascade of Tuesday closings begins. Both D.C. public schools and local government offices will be closed tomorrow due to Hurricane Sandy, according to Mayor Vince Gray.
Amtrak has already announced that it's canceling Northeast service tomorrow. As for Metro, the transit agency [...]

Photo: Standing Water

16th and Lamont Streets NW, October 29

Pepco Reporting Almost 3K Customers Without Power

Hurricane Sandy has just started in earnest, but Pepco's outage map is already reporting almost 3,000 customers without power, most of them in the District.
According to the company, 2,851 customers have lost power so far. Of those, 1,667 are in D.C., with the rest in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties.
To the south, Virginia utility Dominion [...]

NBC 4’s Wendy Rieger: The Only Reason to Watch TV Today

Wendy Rieger of NBC 4 is covering Hurricane Sandy from a hotel in Rehoboth Beach. Here she is in the bathroom, showing the effects of the wind inside the building. Later she went up to the roof. She ended that dispatch with a philosophical note about the need for waterproof mascara. It was awesome.
Update, 4:38 [...]

Some Uber Trips Now Cheaper Than Cabs

With this afternoon's addition of a $15 emergency hurricane charge to all taxi-cab trips, the few people venturing out during Hurricane Sandy may find themselves in an unusual situation: Some trips from luxury sedan service Uber are now cheaper than regular cab rides.
While Uber's fans have long said that it beats cabs on service, cleanliness, [...]

Shirtless Hurricane Horse-Man Wishes He Had Worked Out More

When Bloomingdale resident Jimmy Kruyne spotted an NBC 4 camera crew in his flood-prone neighborhood this morning, he saw a chance to appear on the news for a few laughs. So he threw on shorts, shoes, and a giant horsehead mask, and walked into some pre-Sandy Internet fame.
While the footage has taken off in the [...]

Cab Commission Adds $15 Emergency Surcharge to Cab Rides

Well, that didn't last long. While the D.C. Taxi Cab Commission hadn't decided this morning whether it would authorize a $15 emergency charge on taxi rides in the city, Taxi Cab Commission chair Ron Linton announced this afternoon that the fee is now in effect.
The $15 added on to the regular metered fee will last [...]

D.C. Opens Emergency Shelters

As of 10 this morning, the District's Department of Human Services has opened five emergency shelters around the city ahead of Hurricane Sandy.

North Michigan Park Recreation Center (Ward 5), 1333 Emerson St. NE
Guy Mason Recreation Center (Ward 3), 3600 Calvert St. NW
Deanwood Recreation Center (Ward 7), 1350 49th St. NE
Bald Eagle Recreation Center (Ward 8), [...]

The View From Your Front Porch

With apologies to Andrew Sullivan. Send in a shot of the view from your front porch—the sadder the better, let's say. Email it here, or tweet it in the direction of @wcp, and let us know what neighborhood you're in.
We'll post your submissions below.