More than 13 million people are under a red flag warning for extreme fire weather.
Storm surge could be life-threatening, the winds will be destructive and power outages will last for days or even weeks in the hardest-hit locations.
Golden leaves are popping against new snow.
October will be great for nighttime sky watching, and there's plenty to see this month if you look up after the sun sets.
By at least one metric, this month is the gloomiest September on record in the capital, and it is taking a subtle but substantial toll.
The alert, which students received Monday evening, was prompted by information from AccuWeather, a private company that sometimes works with public bodies.
Storms killed at least one person in the Richmond area Monday as the remnants of Hurricane Florence swept through the Mid-Atlantic.
Five dozen river locations were in flood stage Monday morning, 18 of which were in major flooding, which is typically characterized by catastrophic property inundation and evacuations.
Florence's winds are weakening, but some of its most devastating effects probably are yet to come.