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Posted at 06:50 PM ET, 08/28/2011

After Hurricane Irene, federal offices open Monday

A downed tree and utility pole just miss a car parked on Idaho Ave N.W. in Washington on Sunday. (Toni L. Sandys - Washington Post)
Federal government offices in the Washington area will open Monday, but workers may take unscheduled leave or telework if they’re dealing with the affects of Hurricane Irene.

The Office of Personnel Management said Sunday that non-emergency employees must notify their supervisors if they plan to take time off to deal with storm cleanup or other storm-related issues. Emergency workers must report as normal.

In the Washington area, almost half a million customers were without power, including 150,00 in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, 100,000 in Anne Arundel and 30,000 in the District. As of noon, 82,000 were without power in Northern Virginia.

Though many side streets, particularly in the harder-hit area to the east of Interstate 95, were blocked by fallen branches, most main roads remained open

No word yet on whether federal employees in other parts of the country, especially hard-hit New York and New England, will have to report to work as normal.

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