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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Early Reports Say No Hurricane Related Injuries in Ocean City

Ocean City officials are scrambling to do a damage assessment of Hurricane Irene's impact.

Hurricane Irene Passes, Early Estimates Say Ocean City Fared 'Pretty Well'

Overnight reports are speculating that Hurricane Irene's impact was less severe than originally predicted, but the region will soon see just how much the powerful storm left behind.

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.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Flooding Reported in Downtown Ocean City Prior to Irene's Arrival

Water is rapidly approaching the protective dune system and bouncing off the boardwalk sea wall in Ocean City. But, these conditions are just the beginning a very long night.

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.

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