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Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 08/25/2011

A.M. commute stays dry, rain expected later today

10:25 A.M. Update: Washington Boulevard has reopened.

Police said the closure was due to a “suspicious’ bicycle.

10:15 A.M. Update: The Pentagon police are shutting down Washington Boulevard between 395 and the George Washington Parkway for an investigation.

Check back for more details.

10:05 A.M. Update: An accident at New Jersey and Constitution avenues is causing delays. The delays will also affect the D.C. Circulator.

8:40 A.M. Update:

Expect issues to persist on Lee Highway at George Mason Drive due to a power outage. One lane is open in each direction and police are directing traffic, according to Arlington County.

The lanes have reopened on I-270 South after Shady Grove Road.

8:15 A.M. Update:

The accident on I-270 South after Shady Grove Road is now blocking two southbound lanes.

8:05 A.M. Update:

Expect issues on Lee Highway at George Mason Drive due to a power outage. One lane is open in each direction and police are directing traffic, according to Arlington County.

An accident on I-270 South after Shady Grove Road is blocking one southbound lane.

7:45 A.M. Update:

I-395 North is also congested near Duke Street.

7:30 A.M. Update:

There are delays on the inner loop of the Beltway at Gallows Road. Drivers are also experiencing congestion on I-395 North before Washington Boulevard.

7:15 A.M. Update:

The accident on I-270 South before I-370 has been cleared from the shoulder.

7 A.M. Update:

The disabled vehicle on I-66 East at the Beltway has been cleared.

An accident on I-270 South before I-370 is blocking one of the shoulders.

6:45 A.M. Update:

A disabled vehicle on I-66 East at the Beltway is blocking the right shoulder.

6:30 A.M. Update:

There was a disabled vehicle on I-66 West at Nutley Street, but it has been cleared.

Original Post:

Good morning, commuters. Did you feel the 4.5 magnitude aftershock that ratled the region at 1:08 a.m. this morning? Or are you entirely over earthquakes now that the Washington area is shifting from quakes to hurricanes? Hurricane Irene is gathering strength and heading up the coast this weekend, and storms are likely in this area even as we wait to see where Irene is going.

But that’s all either in the past or in the future. We’re focusing on today. Thursday’s commute will begin with plenty of sun and wind before severe storms potentially arrive this afternoon and evening, according to the Capitla Weather Gang. We’ll be keeping tabs on any headaches, issues or problems we hear about on the roads this morning. Make sure to tell us about anything you see out there — either in the comments below or via Twitter (@DrGridlock).

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