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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.

O'Malley Issues State Of Emergency In Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WUSA) -- Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has issued a state of emergency in Maryland on Thursday due to Hurricane Irene.

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell also declared a state of emergency on Thursday.

Read O'Malley's declaration here in PDF format.

Ocean City's mayor earlier announced a mandatory evacuation for the town.

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.

High Water Closes Parts Of C&O Canal

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Areas of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park are closed due to high water in the Potomac River, says the National Park Service.

Among the areas closed are:

  • Billy Goat Trail Section A and the Olmsted Island bridges in the Great Falls area
  • Spring Gap and Paw Paw campgrounds are closed.
  • All the Hiker Biker campsites and boat ramps should not be used.

High water has also covered the towpath areas near Whites Ferry and Edwards Ferry in Montgomery County, Harpers Ferry in Frederick and Washington Counties, and in the Dam 4 area in Washington County.

The park superintendent asks that visitors keep an eye on the river from a safe distance and have an escape plan. The river will continue rise Thursday and is predicted to remain high through the weekend.

Md. Storms Prompting Changes In School Alerts

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- The private forecasting service AccuWeather says it's willing to modify its agreement with the Frederick County public schools after school officials said the company didn't warn them about a storm system that spawned tornadoes in two neighboring counties.

AccuWeather acknowledged on Wednesday it issued no Frederick County weather alerts on the morning of April 28 because the storms there weren't strong enough. The company says its storm-warning criteria are tailored to each customer's needs.

On that same morning, the National Weather Service issued tornado watches and warnings for Frederick County.

No twisters were confirmed but the alerts triggered sirens in some Frederick County towns. Parents who heard them wondered why school openings weren't delayed.

Md. Tornadoes Prompt Changes In School Alerts

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- Frederick County public school officials say they are revising their weather alert system amid parental complaints that tornado warnings last month should have delayed the opening of some schools.

The school system said Tuesday it will expand its sources of weather alerts instead of relying solely on the AccuWeather services to which it currently subscribes.

School officials say they received no AccuWeather alerts about tornado watches and warnings on the morning of April 28 despite alerts from the National Weather Service and the Maryland State Emergency Operations Center.

They say those alerts triggered sirens in the towns of Myersville, Middletown and Emmitsburg. Parents who heard the sirens wondered why school buses and school openings were not delayed.

There were no confirmed tornadoes in Frederick County that day.

Flash Flooding Causes Problems In Frederick County

FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA) -- Most roads closed by flash flooding that ripped through Frederick County Thursday morning have been reopened.

Thursday afternoon, in Frederick County there was still water all over the place after flash flooding closed as many as 30 roads at one time. Motorists were blinded while driving. In some spots, rain was pounding down more than 3" in an hour.

Even the smallest streams leaped out of their banks and road crews found themselves scrambling to keep up.

South into Northern Virginia, US 15 north of Leesburg was flooded out, stranding motorists.

Back in Frederick County, they called out snow plows to clear the debris from flooded roads and keep the water draining away.

The water stayed high for hours after the morning rain ended. There was a day of detours throughout Frederick County.