Friday, October 26, 2012
National Hurricane Center puts track of 'Frankenstorm' — potentially a tropical storm inside a nor'easter — a bit closer to Northern Virginia, the District and Maryland.
Update, 6:05 a.m. Saturday - Click here or the latest forecast information on Hurricane Sandy's track through Northern Virginia and Washington. ---------------- Update, 1:40 p.m. Friday As of early Friday afternoon, Hurricane Sandy had sustained winds of 80 mph — making it a Category 1 storm — as it slowly traveled north of the Bahamas. The storm is moving at just 6 mph. Saturday's weather should be cloudy with temperatures in the mid-60s. Some rain will start Saturday evening as temperatures drop into the 50s. The probability of rain increases Sunday morning (during the Marine Corps Marathon) with more wind and rain as the storm gets close Sunday afternoon. Right now, the National Hurricane Center is predicting a greater than 40 …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Some forecasters' scenarios have storm hitting Mid-Atlantic.
See Friday morning's updated weather story here. UPDATE Thursday 8:30 a.m.: Hurricane Sandy, now a Category 2 hurricane with 105 mile per hour winds according to the National Hurricane Center, could impact the Northern Virginia area beginning Sunday, according to local forecasters. If the hurricane shifts close to the D.C. region, the area can expect to begin seeing showers and gusty winds beginning Sunday afternoon, according to NBC4 meteorologist Tom Kierein. He notes the most severe weather could hit Monday into Tuesday when the area could see potential flooding, strong winds and possible power outages. Dominion Virginia Power's Twitter account this morning, responding to a customer asking if they were prepared for the possible storm…
Friday, May 25, 2012
Exempt products include cell phone chargers and fire extinguishers.
Did last summer's Tropical Storm Lee and subsequent flooding in Occoquan and Holly Acres take you by surprise? Prepare for the upcoming hurricane season with a tax holiday, recently announced by the Virginia Department of Taxation. Just before hurricane season's start on June 1, there will be no sales tax in Virginia from May 25 to May 31 on certain items that would be useful in the event of a hurricane. Exempt items can be seen here (PDF). While there will be no sales tax on generators and power cables that cost less than $1,000, most of the purchases must be under $60 to qualify for the sales tax holiday. Many of the eligible items have uses outside of hurricane preparation, including duct tape, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and …
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
When a crisis occurs, having a plan can help keep loved ones safe and sound.
Californians may be chuckling at Virginia’s just-shy-of-significant earthquake yesterday. However, since living in Virginia, I’ve come to the conclusion that if someone says, “Oh, a hurricane/tornado/blizzard/earthquake? Virginia never gets that,” we’re doomed to experience that particular phenomenon. Not only do Virginians experience these “once in a lifetime” natural disasters, but we do it horribly. We panic, leave work, and get stuck in grid lock. Therefore, after this week’s earthquake, and with Hurricane Irene on the warpath, I thought it’d be a good time to review (make up) our family emergency plan. Here are some ways you can prepare, so when we get hit by a meteor, because “that could never happen in Virginia”, you will have …
The Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue offers a few safety tips.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Rachel Leon
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The following is an excerpt from a prepared statement by Kim Hylander with the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue. "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: During the storm: After the storm: To learn more on how to protect you and your loved ones during an emergency, visit www.pwcgov.org/emergency, www.ReadyVirginia.gov and www.ready.gov." Be sure to read our other tips on staying safe during emergencies and natural disasters. Stay tuned for Keri's noon column, in which she offers tips for …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Prepare for severe weather and dangerous conditions along the Occoquan waterfront.
Hurricane Irene may strike Northern Virginia early Sunday morning. As the hurricane bypasses Florida, it will likely become a Category 4 hurricane before landing in the Carolinas early Saturday. From then, the storm might quickly move to the Chesapeake Bay area, hitting Northern Virginia just before dawn on Sunday. The exact path of the hurricane is still unclear; some experts believe it will remain over the ocean. Prepare for severe weather and dangerous conditions along the Occoquan waterfront. The National Hurricane Center predicts possible high winds of 74-110 mph in the Northern Virginia area. Make a family emergency plan. It is important to discuss with your family the protocol during an emergency. Make sure everyone is aware of the …