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While she’s gone, she’s expecting to host four visitors from Lithuania at her home. She planned to leave them candles, instructions and warm beer, and said she was thankful that her landline phone still works.

“Between that and a gas stove, we can make it,” Vidutis said as she cleared branches and debris from her yard.
In much of the nation’s capital, there was little evidence that a Category 1 hurricane had struck less than 48 hours earlier. Traffic flowed smoothly on a sunny, mild Monday morning, and Metro reported a slight drop in ridership on its subways. Some people said they were altering their commutes because their children were home from school.

The storm caused bigger problems for people trying to travel out of the region.

At the District’s Union Station, Columbia University junior Alejandra Jimenez was forced to book a $450 last-minute plane ticket to New York when she arrived at the train station to find out that her $111 departure had been canceled. Miss Jimenez, who had spent the summer in the District on an internship, was eager to get to New York for the first day of practice for her college rugby team.

Her mother, Karen Jimenez, said they were disappointed by Amtrak’s customer service. She said they only learned of the canceled trip when they arrived at the station.

“We tried endlessly to talk to someone” on Amtrak’s customer service line, Mrs. Jimenez said. “It’s a minor inconvenience compared to what a lot of people are going through, but it sure is a pain in the neck.”

Several large school districts in Maryland, including Prince George’s and Charles counties, closed all schools Monday due to widespread outages. Montgomery County, the nation’s 16th largest school system, went ahead with its first day of classes, with the exception of seven schools that had no power.

Lily Forest was surprised when she heard that her daughter Fiona’s elementary school — Bradley Hills in Bethesda — was closed, because the neighborhood did not suffer extensive outages.

“After the earthquake and the hurricane, we thought we would finally be back to normal,” she said as she and her daughter walked their dog outside the school. “This is just one more hiccup.”

On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, which was hardest hit by the hurricane, corn crops likely suffered significant wind damage, said Patricia Langenfelder, president of the Maryland Farm Bureau. She said drought conditions before the hurricane also took their toll.

“We were not going to have a great corn crop anyway,” she said.

At Assateague Island National Seashore south of Ocean City, storm waves washed over the dunes, burying a parking lot. Boardwalk and restroom facilities were damaged, and some sites on the seashore’s campground were flooded. The seashore was closed Monday and was expected to reopen Tuesday on a limited basis.

• Associated Press writers Matthew Barakat in Bethesda, David Dishneau in Hagerstown, Md., and Brett Zongker in Takoma Park contributed to this report