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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.

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.

Virginia Task Force 1 Activated For Hurricane Response

(WUSA) -- Virginia Task Force 1 has been activated in case it is needed once Hurricane Irene comes ashore.

Fairfax Fire and Rescue Department Capt. Willie Bailey says the urban search and rescue team is gathering in Fairfax Thursday morning. The 76 personnel and four K-9s will first head to Fort Bragg, North Carolina for staging then deploy to wherever they are needed.

In recent years, VATF-1 has responded after the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan.

 

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:

 

 

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.