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FEMA chief: Stay at home in Irene's wake

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the nation's emergency response agency says people shouldn't underestimate the danger once Hurricane Irene passes.

Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Craig Fugate says flooding, weakened trees and downed power lines pose a danger even after the storm moves north up the Atlantic Coast.

Fugate is urging people not to drive around and sightsee after the storm has passed through their areas. His advice: Stay inside, stay off the roads, and let the power crews do their job.

Fugate made the round of the Sunday talk shows as the storm moved through New York City and the Northeast.

Local Twitter Trend Map

Local Twitter Trend Map

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

Current BGE Power Outages=526

Current BGE Power Outages=526

As Hurricane Irene approaches, check to see if there are power outages in your county.

Currently there are 526 BGE customers without power.

Prince George's County : 45

Baltimore City: 404

Baltimore:65

Calvert County: 6

Carroll County: 4

Harford County:1

 

Click here for a map of BGE's outages.

 

Here is a handy guide for contact numbers if you have a power outage.

PEPCO:

1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662)

Report downed wires and life-threatening emergencies:

1-877-Pepco-62 (1-877-737-2662) and press two.

TTY: 202-872-2369

Dominion:

1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357)

BG&E:

1-877-778-2222

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.

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.

Stay Healthy in the Heat

 Stay Healthy in the Heat

 

LARGO, MD - The Prince George’s County Health Department would like to ensure that residents are well informed on how to beat the heat as temperatures reach excessive temperatures.  For in-depth information about coping with deadly temperatures in the upper 90s and reaching 100 degrees, please visit the Health Department website.

 

Prince George's County Declares June as "Flood Awareness Month"

Prince George's County Declares June as "Flood Awareness Month"

This information was brought to us by The Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources

Floods are America’s #1 natural disaster and can happen anytime, anywhere. June is the start of a six-month period commonly known as “hurricane season.”  While hurricanes are not common occurrences in Prince George’s County, the severe weather conditions that occur during hurricane season, such as tropical storms, violent winds and heavy rains, can cause flooding which threatens lives, and damages property and structures.

As part of its flood management program, the Department of Environmental Resources has performed floodplain studies covering the majority of the urbanized watersheds within the county. DER has identified approximately 3,700 flood prone structures countywide, most within the Anacostia River Watershed.