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Sunday, August 28, 2011

D.C. Shelters Remain Open For People Displaced By Irene

All of the homeless shelters in the District are now open around the clock, and arrangements have been made to house anyone whose home has been damaged by Hurricane Irene.

D.C. Closes Bridges, Fears Of Structural Damage

The District is closing at least two bridges in Rock Creek Park because it fears flooding from Hurricane Irene could cause structural damage.

Ocean City Open For Business After Irene

Businesses in Ocean City are beginning to reopen to the general public after being sparred by Hurricane Irene.

Irene Leaves Fallen Trees And Wires, Thousands Without Power In D.C. Area

Hurricane Irene's overnight visit to the Washington, D.C. metro area left fallen trees, blocked roadways, downed wires, and thousands without power. But despite the destruction, local officials say the damage was not as bad as originally predicted.

Irene Underwhelms, But Outages Could Last Days

More than 100,000 customers are without power in northern Virginia, and although some were expecting more damage from Hurricane Irene, those outages could still last for a couple of days.

Power Outages And Fallen Trees Are An Obstacle For Howard County Residents

Officials in Howard County are urging residents to stay off the road as they work to restore power to traffic lights on one of the county's busiest roads.

Irene Leaves Behind Toppled Trees And Thousands Without Power In D.C.

Pepco says there are at least 90 down wires in D.C. right now, and some of those are live wires, meaning there are sparks and smoke coming from them.

Hurricane Irene Leaves Thousands Without Power In Maryland

Hurricane Irene's overnight visit left hundreds of thousands without power in Maryland Sunday morning. And around 200,000 of those customers are in Prince George's County, 65,000 are in Montgomery County, and the rest are in the District.

Power Outage Could Be A Multi-Day Event For Thousands In Virginia

The winds have died down enough this morning that Virginia Dominion Power says they have a full crew out restoring power to people in northern Virginia and across the state.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

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.