As officials decide to keep schools and offices closed for a second day on Tuesday, Laurel is seeing dropping temperatures, steady rain and increasing winds as AccuWeather reports Hurricane Sandy is expected to come ashore tonight on the New Jersey coast.
Laurel city spokesman Pete Piringer said there have been sporatic power outages reported in the city today, and some minor flooding near a storm drain in the Scotchtown Hills neighborhood.
Piringer and Mayor Craig Moe patrolled the city Monday afternoon to access any damages and to check on the water level of the Patuxent River north of Main Street.
Closings spilling over into Tuesday include schools in Prince George's, Howard and Anne Arundel counties, as well as federal government offices and Laurel city offices, including the city's passport service.
The city's trash, recycling and leaf collection has been cancelled for Tuesday along with Wednesday's special pick ups,
All city Parks and Recreation programs and classes are cancelled for Monday and Tuesday, but the Robert J. DiPietro Community Center, 7901 Cypress St., is open as an information center with Internet access and a chance to recharge electronic devices, subject to change depending on the storm. In addition, the community center will be open as a shelter if necessary, city officials said.
Election officials cancelled early voting for a second day on Tuesday; early voting will now be extended through Friday, Nov. 2.
All bus service with Central Maryland Regional Transit and Howard Transit is cancelled on Tuesday.
Breaking news and information is posted on the city's media and community information line at 240-294-1307.
To speak to a city employee or to report concerns, call 301-725-5300.
For emergency fire and EMS, call 911. To reach Laurel Police in an emergency, call 301-725-3000.
To report a power outage, call BGE at 877-778-2222.
To reach Laurel Public Works for collection concerns, call 301-725-0088.