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Monday, August 29, 2011

For Some, Post-Hurricane Irene Sightseeing Is For The Birds

Hurricane Irene provided plenty of sights to see in its aftermath for those who didn't have to worry about storm damage.

Irene Buys Time for Fire Fighters in Dismal Swamp

Hurricane Irene may have accomplished something positive by helping douse a fire that has been burning in Virginia's Great Dismal Swamp since Aug. 4.

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.

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.

Daylight Reveals Hurricane Irene's Wake on Delmarva Peninsula

The aftermath of hurricane Irene is being assessed on the Delmarva Peninsula, but the region appears at first glance to have weathered the storm.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

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.

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