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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.

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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.

2 Struck By Lightning In Arlington

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -- A man and woman were just walking down a sidewalk about 2 blocks from the Clarendon Metro when all of a sudden they were stuck by lightning Friday night.

Neighbors say it sounded like an explosion.  They say the strike was so loud that the man who lives in one of the homes nearby came outside to see what happened. He told 9News Now that the  first thing he saw was a man covered in blood giving CPR to a woman in her mid-thirties. 

Both people were taken to the hospital. Their conditions are unknown. But neighbors describe the woman as being in critical condition.

Now the only visible sign that there was a lightning strike is one of the poles from their umbrella still lying on the sidewalk. Police say the impact was so strong that it blew apart their umbrella and blew off the woman's glasses. 

One neighbor described the moment of impact.

A Soapy 66

A Soapy 66

Arlington Resident Leah Ahn was driving on I-66 east yesterday afternoon and snapped this picture on her smartphone. Did someone put dish soap in the road? 

Virginia State Of Emergency

RICHMOND (WUSA) -- Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has declared a state of emergency Thursday after severe storms and tornadoes caused deaths throughout the state.

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State agencies are going to help local governments respond to the impact of the severe weather.

• The Virginia Emergency Operations Center is coordinating the state's response with increased staffing.

Metro Rolls Out Plan For Heavy Rains, Flooding

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel has outlined Metro's plan to handle the expected heavy rains Wednesday night and Thursday.

Taubenkibel says Metro will be paying close attention to areas where officials know there have been leaks or flooding. Crews have begun installing sandbags in areas around grates and other areas where they had leaks or high water problems in the past.

They will also be staging extra gear, such as sandbags, sump pumps and wet-dry shop vacs, in and around known problem areas.

Taubenkibel also says additional plumbers will be held over on shift to deal with water problems.

Certain stations will be getting extra attention because of past concerns. They are: