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Hurricane Safety Tips from Montgomery County's Emergency Operation Center

As Hurricane Irene approaches, Montgomery County's Emergency Operation Center and all surrounding emergency center's are urging residents to be prepared for the potential of heavy rains, high winds and coastal flooding.

"We think it's important that the citizens be prepared. Make sure you have a go-kit: a flashlight, batteries, important documents,prescription medicines, a full tank of gas, and cash (low bills). It's also very important to stay informed and have a plan with your family," explained Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security's Director Chris Voss.

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.

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.

9NEWS Fans Submit Severe Weather Pics

We asked for pictures Wednesday during tornado warnings in our area and you delivered.

Tornado Watch in Effect

From the Office of the Chief of Police:

The National Weather Service has issued a TORNADO WATCH for Montgomery County effective immediately until 8 pm tonight. Atmospheric conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms and tornadic development. 
Be prepared. Tornadoes can form from severe thunderstorms with little or no advanced warning. Know your safe room in your home, at school, and at work.  If driving and a tornado is spotted, leave your car immediately and move to shelter or a low lying area. Do not use highway overpasses as shelters. Remain alert for the issuance of warnings.  

Road Closures In Your Area

(WUSA) -- Many local government websites offer a list of road closures and other services during heavy rain.

As part of WUSA9.com's weather coverage, we compiled the list of links you need to check before hitting the road.

The Frederick County, Md. website supplies an updated report on roads that are closed.

Montgomery County's website doesn't actually inform you about closures. However, it does tell you where to avoid driving during a downpour.

Fairfax County, Va. offers drivers tips on how to drive when there are flooded roads.