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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 19, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page September Isabel leaves without electricity Resident Its like a sandblasted By Allen Breed Associated Press Writer ATLANTIC The eyewall of the weakened 100 mph Hurricane Isabel began moving across North Carolinas Outer Banks on Thursday with howling stinging rain and pounding waves as the storm packed enough punch to knock out power to tens of thousands of Most of the coastal barrier islands were nearly empty as rain flew at a 45degree driven by wind that turned Bessie Lewis reads by flashlight as she and other residents of Washington North ELLEN wait in an American Red Cross shel ter as Hurricane Isabel gets closer sand grains into darts and howled like jet Wind blew at a sustained 80 mph before noon on Ocracoke with a gust to 98 the National Hurricane Cen ter Its like a sand need a face said Nick a pipefitter who used his welding mask to glimpse the 15foot waves whipping the surf frothy white at Nags Seas up to 33 feet were reported off the Vir ginia Isabels top sustained wind had eased to 100 mph as it edged toward making it a borderline Category 1 or Cat egory 2 The decreased wind lowered the potential storm surge to 5 to 8 from the previous forecast of up to 11 the National Hurricane Center The storms the wall of dense clouds and intense wind surrounding the start ed coming ashore late in the morning along the southern Outer the center Dont downplay it just because its going to go down in the next few not warned Max director of the hurricane cen Those winds will still be plenty strong This is still a very wellformed More than cus tomers had lost power by late morning in southeastern Vir ginia and North according to Dominion Vir ginia Power and other power More than of them were in Hurricane Isabel pounds Carolina Position W Movement NW at 14 mph Sustained winds 105 mph As of S EOT Thursday Potential area of movement SOURCE AccuWealher Storm brings Washington to a standstill Capital tourists peeved at closed monuments By Jennifer Kerr Associated Press Writer WASIIINGTON Normal ly the capitals mon offices and subway tunnels were all but aban doned Thursday as the feder al government largely shut down for Hurricane Subway and bus systems stopped picking up passen gers for the day at 11 Schools Both houses of Congress went through the formality of but few lawmakers were The sessions were short the Mouse adjourned after about five A few tourists tried to get in some sightseeing before the weather turned Some were surprised that the monuments and museums were and that the subway already had stopped running when winds were calm and only sprinkles of rain were I think its a little said Sandra de who was visiting from the Los Angeles Some people only have a day It is frus Not for Two wind surfers were spotted on the Potomac River early Thursday The decision to shut down the subway and bus systems came Wednesday and had a ripple state and local governments and pri vate businesses then decided to stay closed Thursday rather than have workers take public transportation in the morn ing only to be left stranded at work in the Closing the federal govern ment a move affecting about a public safety said Scott director of com munications at the Office of Personnel and Essential workers were on the job for Taking buses and subways out of service was strictly a safety said Cheryl John spokeswoman for Wash ington Metropolitan Area Transit We did not want anyone to be out in the area with these anticipated high winds because they could be blown into the path of a a or debris could hit she More than half of the regions 103mile rail system is either at surface level or is There are about 340 bus with a fleet of more than You have to make a deci sion on the best information at the Johnson Weather forecasting is not an exact One benefit was that peo ple who did have to work and drove faced a much easier commute than While 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