BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC)- Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are still on the job Tuesday though it will be a while before they're paid.
"Just like everyone else we were watching waiting for news, resolution," John De Block with the National Weather Service said.
De Block with the NWS in Calera says he was aware a partial government shutdown would have a minimal impact on the 122 offices across the country.
"The National Weather Service has been deemed to be essential for the protection of life and property," he said.
Which means employees are on the job, but working without pay until the government is up and running again. On Day One of the shutdown, De Block says there's a full staff and all basic services continue uninterrupted.
"We're just going to continue to do our job forecasting, and if needed issue warnings and watches to help keep people safe," De Block said.