WASHINGTON — The heavy rains and strong winds have eased here, but officials remain concerned about flooding from the Potomac River and widespread power outages.
After Monday's heavy rain in the District of Columbia broke a record set in 1885, officials said they were keeping a close eye on the Potomac.
"There are a lot of the smaller streams that flow into the Potomac, a lot of them that are flooded right now,'' Jason Elliott, a National Weather Service meteorologist, told the Los Angeles Times. "We're watching those first."
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority planned to resume subway service Tuesday afternoon, but officials asked people to continue to stay off the road.
Federal offices remained closed but Maryland hopes to resume early voting Wednesday.
Nearly 700,000 utility customers in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia had lost power.
"People just need to be patient,'' Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said on WTOP radio. "I know they've got storm fatigue.''
Reagan National Airport recorded 3.85 inches of rain Monday, breaking the Oct. 29 record of 2.69 inches for the Washington area, set in 1885. While rain was still falling in the D.C. region, winds have eased.
Officials were concerned about tidal surge from southerly winds on the backside of Sandy that is pushing several feet of water into the upper tidal Potomac. That could cause flooding into the waterfront areas in the District of Columbia and Alexandria, Va. Water was two to four feet above the normal tide.