Local News from WAMU 88.5

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Two Dead In Virginia As Hurricane Irene Heads Up East Coast

Two people are dead in southeast Virginia, as Hurricane Irene's high winds and heavy rain pound up the East Coast.

Anxiety Rises as Hurricane Irene Inches Closer

Anxiety levels are high on the Delmarva Peninsula as Hurricane Irene is just a few hours from unleashing her might against the coastal region.

D.C. Running Low On Sandbags

In a parking lot outside RFK Stadium, there are dozens of city workers standing around a big pile of sand. They're dumping the sand in bags and tying them off as fast as they can, but it's just not fast enough.

D.C. Emergency Personnel Keeping Close Eye On Storm

In the middle of the District's Emergency Operation Center, several dozen emergency management experts – from FEMA, the fire department, police department, PEPCO – are all monitoring Hurricane Irene through computer screens, showing the path the storm is taking through the eastern coast of the United States.

300 People Choose to Stay Behind as Ocean City Braces For Irene

Weather conditions in Ocean City are deteriorating rapidly as Hurricane Irene hits North Carolina and moves up the coast. But these conditions are just the beginning of what could be the most powerful storm to ever hit the resort.

D.C. Officials Handing Out Sandbags In Advance Of Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene is forecasted to move over the Washington, D.C. metro region late Saturday night and into early Sunday morning. Officials in the District handed sandbags to residents at RFK Stadium in anticipation of the storm's arrival.

Hurricane Irene: The Worst For D.C. Expected Overnight

Hurricane Irene was skirting past the Delmarva Peninsula around 11 p.m Saturday, moving at 16 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The Washington, D.C. area experienced waves of heavy rain Saturday. The brunt of the storm is expected to hit the region overnight.

Old Town Alexandria Business Owners Hoping Irene Doesn't Mimic Isabel

Old Town Alexandria often sees the worst flooding during and after major storms.

McDonnell Urging Virginia Residents To Prepare For Hurricane Irene

Many coastal communities have ordered mandatory evacuations and emergency service personnel have been mobilized as the region prepares for Hurricane Irene. Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) is warning Irene could be as bad—if not worse—than Hurricane Isabel eight years ago.

Friday, August 26, 2011

MLK Memorial Dedication Postponed

Sunday's ceremonies to dedicate the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial have been postponed.

Hurricane Irene Forces First Ocean City Evacuation Since 1985

Ocean City, Md. is evacuating for the first time in 26 years as the region braces for the potential wrath of Hurricane Irene.

Pretty Good Odds Of Dismissal On D.C. Traffic Tickets

Good news for D.C. drivers: as it turns out, the chances for getting a traffic ticket thrown out in the District are pretty good.

Maryland Prepares For Hurricane Irene

Officials have already evacuated Ocean City, Md., and now state officials are also encouraging those in other low-lying coastal areas to seek higher ground.

D.C. Police To Encrypt Radio Communications

After decades of use, D.C.’s police scanners are about to go silent. Next month, the Metropolitan Police Department will start encrypting its radio communications.

Earthquake Damages Historic Alexandria Tavern

One of the most historic buildings in Old Town Alexandria has been damaged by Tuesday's earthquake and the extent of the damage is still being assessed.

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