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The D.C. Metro area is clearly thinking about the strength of Hurricane Irene...just look at this Twitter trend map of the area.

How Hurricane Irene is Affecting States

How Hurricane Irene is Affecting States

Here is a state-by-state glance on how Hurricane Irene is affecting states along the Eastern Seaboard as of Saturday, August 27th:


   -- Irene predicted to make landfall Sunday somewhere between New Jersey and Cape Cod. Storm's track forecast through central parts of Connecticut.

   -- Hurricane warning for coast.

   -- No mandatory evacuations.

   -- Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991.

   -- Irene likely to cause prolonged power outages and flooding in low-lying areas along the shoreline.

   -- President Barack Obama and governor declared state of emergency. National Guard mobilized.


   -- Hurricane warning statewide.

   -- Flood watch in effect.

   -- Storm center to pass near the New Jersey/Delaware coast around 8 a.m. Sunday.

Preparing for Hurricane Irene

Emergency management coordinator Dave McKernan discusses how Fairfax County should prepare for Hurricane Irene (recorded Thursday afternoon, Aug. 25).

From Fairfax County Emergency Information:



Storm Preparedness at Home

CENTREVILLE, Va. (WUSA)-- Safety is top of mind when preparing for a powerful storm. Kevin McGlaughlin and his family in Centreville allowed 9NEWS NOW and preparedness expert Nancy Steorts inside their home for a safety walk through.

Among other tips Steorts gave the following tips every family should act on while preparing for a hurricane. She based these basic tips on a 5 day contingency plan.

1. Move all plants and patio furniture indoors as they can become projectiles.

2. Make sure windows are shut tight and that no holes are visible in walls. Also, using plywood to board up large windows offers great protection.

3. Fill up bath tubs with warm water (not for drinking but for utility use).

4. Stock up on bottled water.

5. Stock up on non-perishable foods that can be eaten hot or cold. Like tuna or crackers.

6. Have a plan in place with your family on how to exit the house, and where to meet once outside.

Flash Flood Watch and Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued by National Weather Service

From Fairfax OEM:


The National Weather Service (NWS) has forecast a Flash Flood Watch through this evening for most of the National Capital region, including Fairfax County, as well as a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 9 p.m. for Fairfax County.  

Showers and thunderstorms will develop today and be numerous this afternoon into early this evening. A few of these thunderstorms will be capable of producing heavy rainfall. Widespread rainfall amounts of one to two inches can be expected in the Interstate 95 corridor through this evening. However, a band of heavier rainfall, producing rainfall in excess of two inches in just a couple of hours, will be possible.  

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. Residents should monitor weather forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.  

Are You Prepared for Hurricane Irene?

Are You Prepared for Hurricane Irene?



The National Weather Service predicts Hurricane Irene will start impacting the east coast as early as Friday, August 26th bringing torrential rains and damaging high winds.  In preparation for this extreme weather, Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue (www.pwcgov.org/fire) would like to remind citizens that planning ahead is the key in increasing one’s chances of survival during an emergency.  By following a few simple and low-cost steps you can prepare and protect your family, business, neighborhood and community when emergencies and disasters arise.

Before the storm hits:

Check emergency equipment and supplies.

Have non-perishable food and drinking water on hand for family and pets.

Clear loose or clogged rain gutters and downspouts.

Amazing Photo of Rainbow and Lightning in Centreville

Amazing Photo of Rainbow and Lightning in Centreville

This photo was sent to us by Jessie Sessions from yesterday's storm.