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Flash Flood Warning Issued for the City of Alexandria

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for the metropolitan Washington, DC region, including the City of Alexandria, until 11:30 p.m.  An additional three to six inches of rain is possible.  Residents and businesses are urged to be alert for flash flooding, particularly along streams and rivers and in low-lying areas. High waters may be on the roadways, and residents are urged to use caution when driving.

For more information, call 703.746.HELP (4357) or visit www.alexandriava.gov/Storm.

Local Twitter Trend Map

Local Twitter Trend Map

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City of Alexandria Hurricane Irene News Update

As Hurricane Irene nears the area, the City of Alexandria reminds residents that this storm is dangerous, with potentially damaging winds, rainfall, and storm surge that could cause flooding and other hazardous conditions. The City has distributed more than 10,000 sandbags to residents and businesses in preparation for the storm. At this time, our stock of sandbags has been depleted and no more will be distributed as City crews focus on responding to the impacts of the storm as it passes through. 

The City has activated its Emergency Operations Center, and has opened a special Storm Hotline, 703.746.HELP (703.746.4357). Residents are requested to use this hotline to report all downed trees in roads, and any damage to homes or businesses. Reporting this information will help the City make an accurate assessment of the total storm damage. 

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:

   CONNECTICUT

   -- 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.

   DELAWARE

   -- Hurricane warning statewide.

   -- Flood watch in effect.

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

Tropical Storm Warning Issued for the City of Alexandria

From Alexandria eNews:

 

The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the Washington, DC metropolitan region, including the City of Alexandria. As Hurricane Irene moves up the coast, tropical storm conditions, including heavy rains and gusty winds, could begin as early as Saturday evening. Sustained tropical storm force winds are expected to be in the range of 30 to 40 miles per hour, with wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour.

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.