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Hurricane Sandy: Bethesda Info Center

Stay connected through the storm via Bethesda Patch.

As we hunker down to ride out Hurricane Sandy, we want to make sure that Bethesda stays connected. For live updates during the storm, be sure to download our App for your smartphone or tablet and 'like' Bethesda Patch on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

As you send us messages through social media and email (erin@patch.com), we’ll make sure the information is added here to this story. You can also comment right on this story to make sure readers know what’s going on in your neighborhood. If you notice wires down, a tree across the road, or a dark intersection, please alert authorities and then let us know here so we can spread the word quickly.

After you call your utility to report an outage, you can also comment here and let us know if your neighborhood is out of power. Use the comments to keep your neighbors updated about outages at local businesses, long lines at gas stations, the best places to buy ice or batteries, and any other helpful information.

Have a storm-related question? Ask in the comments, and we'll try to find you the answer -- or maybe a neighbor can help you out.

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Twitter accounts you may want to follow:

Numbers you may want to program into your phone:

  • Pepco: 1-877-737-2662
  • Baltimore Gas and Electric (BG&E): 1-877-778-2222 or 1-800-685-0123
  • Potomac Edison (Allegheny Power): 1-800-255-3443
  • Washington Gas: 800-752-7520
  • WSSC: 1-800-828-4002
  • To report a fallen tree on public property: 311, www.mc311.com, or 240-777-0311 from outside the county
  • Montgomery County Police non-emergency number: 301-279-8000

Residents should call 911 only in case of emergency.

For more information on how to prepare for and weather the storm, visit Montgomery County's website. You can also check out our handy list of Montgomery County Twitter feeds to follow during the storm. And if you haven't already, don't forget to sign up for Alert Montgomery, and have weather, traffic, schools and other alerts sent to your phone, pager or inbox.

We will have a live chatroom via CoverItLive set up during the storm (we'll link that here once we're live), much like we did during Hurricane Irene. All of the above Twitter accounts will automatically feed into that chat, along with Twitter accounts from Patch editors across Montgomery County.

If you're taking photos, tweet them to @bethesdapatch, text images to Bethesda Editor Erin Donaghue at 301-213-9896, or upload them to this story.

Bethesda Patch is all about connecting neighbors and helping neighbors so we hope you’ll find this information hub helpful as we brave the storm together. Stay safe!

Rich Settembre October 28, 2012 at 11:46 AM
We believe that our USA made super squeegee shovels called Waste Blaster will help people clean up after the storm. We just have to get the word out. We are at WWW.waycoolproduct.com. We hope we can help. Thank you.
Erin Donaghue (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Overnight parking will be allowed in county garages through Wednesday, according to officials.
Lux October 28, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Since power outages are inevitable having a long run time flashlight is a good idea. Lowes has a 65 hour run time flashlight for under $5.00 http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Flashlight-Mod-Increases-Run-Time-36X/?allstep I got mine in store. I also got one at Target. More: http://armageddononline.org/forums/threads/34318-Cheap-long-run-time-flashlights Or go micro solar for under $50.00. http://www.instructables.com/id/Uses-For-Dead-Car-Batteries-And-Sealed-Lead-Acid-B/?allstep Emergency Led Lighting Made Ridiculously Simple: http://www.instructables.com/id/Emergency-Led-Lighting-Made-Ridiculously-Simple/?allstep The whole collection: http://www.instructables.com/member/luxstar/?show=INSTRUCTABLES
Erin Donaghue (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Anyone have any tips for where to buy batteries to keep those flashlights on? Target and many Bethesda grocery stores were sold out of D and C batteries last I checked. I'm hearing Fedex and Toys R Us are stocking batteries.
Erin Donaghue (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Non-essential federal gov't offices are closed Monday. RideOn will operate on a normal schedule, but that may change due to weather conditions. Schools are closed Monday and Tuesday; early voting has been canceled Monday. Trash and recycling collections are canceled Monday and Tuesday.
Erin Donaghue (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 11:35 PM
The B-CC Regional Services Center is closed Monday. All activities are canceled. Metro is closed Monday until further notice.
Erin Donaghue (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 12:50 AM
RideOn will close at the end of the day Sunday and remain closed until further notice.
Erin Donaghue (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 11:11 AM
Hearing reports that Little Falls Parkway is closed between River Road and Mass Ave.
Erin Donaghue (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 12:40 PM
No Bethesda Circulator service. Also, avoid parks and trails during the storm.
Corbin Dallas Multipass October 29, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Awesome, good to know, thank you patch.
Erin Donaghue (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Hey Bethesda folks -- if you know of businesses that are opened or closed today, please let us know here. Thanks!
Erin Donaghue (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Free parking in county lots and garages through Tuesday.
Corbin Dallas Multipass October 29, 2012 at 02:30 PM
We just went ahead and moved a car into the Woodmont Ave garage (closest to the metro), gates were open, hopefully will keep the vehicle from getting hit by any debris.
Corbin Dallas Multipass October 29, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Strosniders looked like they got in some more batteries (Think they were Cs) but no battery flashlights for sale. They did have plug in rechargeable flashlights that have built in batteries. *Plenty* of candles.
Erin Donaghue (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Tip via Twitter from @BethesdaFoodie -- Liberty gas station at Bradley & Arlington is out of gas. Have you seen any other stations run out of gas?
Erin Donaghue (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Another Twitter tip from @BethesdaFoodie: LOTS of standing water on the road @ Davidson Dr & Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase.
Erin Donaghue (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Corbin -- were there spaces left or was it pretty packed?
Erin Donaghue (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Twitter update for apt/condo dwellers from BCC-RSC director Ken Hartman: With 60-70mph wind gusts expected tonight, items should be brought in from high-rise balconies.
Erin Donaghue (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Folks, please visit our MoCo storm livechat for up-to-the-minute storm info. http://patch.com/A-zcGh
Erin Donaghue (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Bethesda Circulator service suspended tomorrow, per Bethesda Urban Partnership.
Erin Donaghue (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Are you seeing any damage, downed wires or dark intersections? Local businesses that are open or closed? Comment here and let your neighbors know.

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