HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT!

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HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT!

8/25/2011

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HURRICANE WARNING IN EFFECT...

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... HURRICANE IRENE APPROACHING THE OUTER BANKS...

.NEW INFORMATION... THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING HAS BEEN UPGRADED TO A HURRICANE WARNING FOR SAINT MARYS COUNTY AND FOR THE CHESAPEKAE BAY BETWEEN DRUM POINT AND SMITH POINT.

.AREAS AFFECTED... THIS LOCAL STATEMENT PROVIDES IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND RECOMMENDED ACTIONS FOR PEOPLE AND MARINE INTERESTS IN SELECT LOCATIONS AND COASTAL WATER LEGS OF BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA... SOUTHERN MARYLAND... AND THE MARYLAND PORTION OF THE CHESAPEAKE AND TIDAL POTOMAC.

.WATCHES/WARNINGS... A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS... ST. MARYS.

FOR MARINE INTERESTS... A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF MARYLAND PORTION OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY AND THE TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS... DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA... NORTHERN BALTIMORE... HARFORD... MONTGOMERY... HOWARD... SOUTHERN BALTIMORE... PRINCE GEORGES... ANNE ARUNDEL... CHARLES... CALVERT... PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK... FAIRFAX... ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA... STAFFORD... SPOTSYLVANIA AND KING GEORGE.

FOR MARINE INTERESTS... A TROPICAL STORM WARNING CONTINUES FOR PORTIONS OF MARYLAND PORTION OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY AND THE TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER.

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA AND SOUTHERN MARYLAND. PLEASE LISTEN CLOSELY FOR ANY FLOOD WARNINGS THAT MIGHT BE IN EFFECT FOR YOUR AREA.

.STORM INFORMATION... AT 12 PM EDT... THE CENTER OF HURRICANE IRENE WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 30.7N... LONGITUDE 77.3W. THIS WAS ABOUT 570 MILES SOUTH OF WASHINGTON DC... OR ABOUT 590 MILES SOUTH OF BALTIMORE MD. STORM MOTION WAS N OR 360 DEGREES AT 14 MPH. STORM INTENSITY WAS 105 MPH.

.SITUATION OVERVIEW... WHEN MAKING DECISIONS... DO NOT FOCUS ON THE EXACT FORECAST TRACK. SMALL CHANGES IN THE FORECAST TRACK WILL HAVE IMPLICATIONS ON ALL ELEMENTS OF THE FORECAST. IRENE WILL BE MOVING UP THE COAST TODAY AND SATURDAY... AND WILL BE MOVING NORTH OF THE AREA ON SUNDAY. THE PERIOD OF WORST CONDITIONS WILL BE FROM LATE SATURDAY THROUGH EARLY SUNDAY.

.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

FOR THOSE UNDER A WARNING... NOW IS THE TIME TO RUSH TO COMPLETION PREPARATIONS FOR THE PROTECTION OF LIFE AND PROPERTY. EVACUATE IF DIRECTED TO DO SO BY LOCAL OFFICIALS... OR IF YOUR HOME IS VULNERABLE TO HIGH WINDS OR FLOODING.

FOR INTERESTS AT PORTS... DOCKS... AND MARINAS... URGENTLY COMPLETE PRESCRIBED PREPARATIONS ACCORDING TO YOUR EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLAN FOR TROPICAL CYCLONES. IF YOU LIVE ON A BOAT... MAKE FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR SECURING YOUR CRAFT BEFORE LEAVING IT. BE SURE TO ACCOUNT FOR THE POSSIBLE CLOSURE OF BRIDGES AND CAUSEWAYS.

REGARDING ANY COASTAL WATERS UNDER A WARNING... SMALL CRAFT SHOULD REMAIN IN PORT AND WELL SECURED.

FOR ADDITIONAL PRECAUTIONARY AND PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION... PLEASE REFER TO THE DETAILED RECOMMENDATIONS RELATIVE TO YOUR LOCATION AS FURTHER DESCRIBED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE AND LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.



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