Steve Rogowski, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, tracks a storm. (Michel du Cille/The Washington Post) (Michel duCille/The Washington Post) Andrew FreedmanEditor focusing on extreme weather, climate change, science and the environment. March 11 at 3:21 PM With a deadly coronavirus outbreak growing in Washington state, staff at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s facilities in Seattle sought to work from home and take other precautions in a state where the virus has infected 273 people and killed 23, with many of the deaths in one nursing home. In response, NOAA reduced the number of employees at its Western Regional Center and granted voluntary liberal leave and telework orders, per recommendations from the Federal Executive Board. However, forecasters at NOAA’s National Weather Service have continued to work at its offices. [Mapping the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. and worldwide] Forecasters elsewhere around the country waited until Tuesday afternoon for national guidance on leave policies and other coronavirus-related issues. According to a memo sent to all NWS employees Tuesday and obtained by The Washington Post, NWS Director Louis Uccellini said the Seattle forecast office “is continuing its operations with as much flexibility as possible.” NOAA will conduct a


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