Federal offices in D.C. region close

Federal offices in the Washington, D.C., area are closed Thursday as Hurricane Isabel moved toward land 300 miles to the south early this morning.

Heavy rains and winds from the massive storm are expected in the Washington metropolitan area by late afternoon and the region's largest public transportation system, Metro, is closing at 11 a.m.

Transit officials are concerned about flooding and passenger safety on exposed platforms at the Metrorail system. Two commuter railroads, Maryland's MARC and VRE in Virginia, canceled service today.

For updates on federal worker status, go to http://www.opm.gov/status/

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