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by BethesdaNow.com — October 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm 1,799 2 Comments

(UPDATE: Sunday, 6:25 p.m.) Montgomery County government offices will be closed on Monday, County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) announced this evening. Emergency personnel must report to work.

(UPDATE: Sunday, 5:45 p.m.) The Federal Government is closed on Monday. Non-emergency Federal employees will be granted excused absences.

(UPDATE: Sunday, 2:50 p.m.) Montgomery County Public Schools will be closed on Monday and Tuesday because of Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to make landfall near South New Jersey on Monday evening. MCPS made the announcement this afternoon. All activities in school buildings are cancelled and administrative offices are closed on Monday.

Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) announced today that all early voting centers will be closed on Monday. The Montgomery County Division of Solid Waste Services will not be making collections on Monday or Tuesday. All collections will be two days later than scheduled, including scheduled Thursday and Friday collections now on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

(Saturday, 12:45 p.m.) The National Weather Service expects Sandy to make landfall in Southern New Jersey on Monday evening, meaning Montgomery County officials are bracing for the worst of the wind, rain and flooding Monday and Tuesday.

In a conference call this morning, the County Emergency Management Group ran through the preparation and anticipated response of a number of utilities and government agencies.

Pepco says there is the possibility for tens our even hundreds of thousands of power outages.

A summary of today’s conference call, as provided by the Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, is after the jump.

Photo via National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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