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O'Malley Issues State Of Emergency In Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WUSA) -- Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has issued a state of emergency in Maryland on Thursday due to Hurricane Irene.

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell also declared a state of emergency on Thursday.

Read O'Malley's declaration here in PDF format.

Ocean City's mayor earlier announced a mandatory evacuation for the town.

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.

VIEWER VIDEO: Hail From Inside Metro Bus

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Ken Morgan sent us video he shot inside a Metro bus of hail coming down Thursday evening in Laurel, Maryland. He posted the video on Facebook and sent it to us via Twitter.

Morgan wrote: "That crack/pop sound is the golf ball sized hail hitting the windows, roof, walls, etc."

See the video on Facebook here.

If you would like to share a video with us on Twitter, then send it to us @wusa9. You can also post it on our Facebook page or upload it through our website.

Stay Cool In Prince George's County

(WUSA) -- Six cooling centers are now open to Prince George's county residents, county officials said in a news release.

The centers will continue to be open on days with CODE ORANGE air quality or temperatures of at least 90 degrees.

Prince George's County officials recommend the following tips for staying cool this summer:

  • Stay well hydrated. Avoid drinks containing alcohol or caffeine.
  • Limit heavy lifting
  • Spend as much time in air-conditioning as possible (i.e. cooling centers listed below, libraries, shopping malls, community and senior centers).
  • Wear light, loose fitting clothes
  • Eat smaller meals, more often.
  • Take cool bathes or showers.

Cooling Centers open for Seniors at the following locations:

Prince George's County Declares June as "Flood Awareness Month"

Prince George's County Declares June as "Flood Awareness Month"

This information was brought to us by The Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources

Floods are America’s #1 natural disaster and can happen anytime, anywhere. June is the start of a six-month period commonly known as “hurricane season.”  While hurricanes are not common occurrences in Prince George’s County, the severe weather conditions that occur during hurricane season, such as tropical storms, violent winds and heavy rains, can cause flooding which threatens lives, and damages property and structures.

As part of its flood management program, the Department of Environmental Resources has performed floodplain studies covering the majority of the urbanized watersheds within the county. DER has identified approximately 3,700 flood prone structures countywide, most within the Anacostia River Watershed.

Prince George's County Declares June As “Flood Awareness Month"

 

This story comes to us from Carol Terry:

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III and the Prince George’s County Council have declared June to be Flood Awareness Month.

Floods are America’s #1 natural disaster and can happen anytime, anywhere.  In fact, 90 percent of all natural disasters in the U.S. involve flooding.  June is the start of a six-month period commonly known as “hurricane season.”  While hurricanes are not common occurrences in Prince George’s County, the severe weather conditions that occur during hurricane season, such as tropical storms, violent winds and heavy rains, can cause flooding which threatens lives, and damages property and structures.

Prince George's County Opens Cooling Centers

(WUSA) -- Due to the heat advisory, Prince George's County is opening cooling centers.

Two of the locations are exclusively for seniors:

 

 

  • New Carrolton Municipal Center, 6016 Princess Garden Parkway, New Carrolton (10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

     

     

  • Camp Springs Senior Center, 6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, MD (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

     

Four others are open to all from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.:

     

  • Fairland Regional Park, 14110 Old Gunpowder Road, Laurel

     

     

  • Rollingcrest Community Center, 6120 Sargent Road, Chillum

     

     

  • Palmer Park Community Center, 7720 Barlowe Road, Landover

     

     

  • Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Drive, Hillcrest Heights