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Steady Rain In DC Ahead Of Irene; No Big Problems

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A steady rain ahead of Hurricane Irene's arrival has led to road closures and downed power lines in the District of Columbia, but officials aren't reporting any major or unexpected problems.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray declared a state of emergency on Friday, enabling the district to tap federal funds for damage costs. Officials also are bracing for days of widespread power outages, though Metro says it expects to continue operating unless conditions become worse than expected.

The district says it'll open five shelters for residents displaced from their homes if necessary. Officials also estimate that they've distributed some 6,000 sandbags.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says the hurricane is expected to arrive in the state earlier than expected, with the eye passing over Ocean City sometime around midnight.

Local Twitter Trend Map

Local Twitter Trend Map

The D.C. Metro area is clearly thinking about the strength of Hurricane Irene...just look at this Twitter trend map of the area.

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:

   CONNECTICUT

   -- 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.

   DELAWARE

   -- Hurricane warning statewide.

   -- Flood watch in effect.

   -- Storm center to pass near the New Jersey/Delaware coast around 8 a.m. Sunday.

Mayor Gray Urges Residents to Prepare for Potential Impact of Hurricane Irene

Mayor Gray Urges Residents to Prepare for Potential Impact of Hurricane Irene

 

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.

Hours For DC Pools Extended Tuesday

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- DC Mayor Vincent Gray extended the operating hours of all the city's pools due to the extremely high temperatures in the area.

Here are the extended hours at the outdoor pools:

Ward 1

Banneker Recreation Center Pool
2500 Georgia Avenue NW
11:00am - 8:30pm

Ward 2

Jelleff Recreation Center Pool
3265 S Street NW
11:00am - 8:00pm

Volta Park Pool
1555 34th Street, NW
11:00am - 9:00pm

Ward 4

Upshur Recreation Center Pool
4300 Arkansas Avenue NW
11:00am - 9:00pm

Ward 5

Langdon Park Pool
2860 Mills Avenue, NW
11:00am - 8:00pm

Theodore Hagans Pool
3201 Fort Lincoln Drive, NE
11:00am 9:00pm

Ward 6

Randall Pool
25 I Street, SW
11:00am - 8:00pm

Ward 7

Columbia Heights Neighborhood Snow Brigade

Check out this creative way of getting the whole neighborhood together to tackle the difficult task of snow clean-up.

It will take place tonight, Thursday, January 27 at 6:00 p.m., so check the link out now!