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FEMA chief: Stay at home in Irene's wake

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the nation's emergency response agency says people shouldn't underestimate the danger once Hurricane Irene passes.

Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Craig Fugate says flooding, weakened trees and downed power lines pose a danger even after the storm moves north up the Atlantic Coast.

Fugate is urging people not to drive around and sightsee after the storm has passed through their areas. His advice: Stay inside, stay off the roads, and let the power crews do their job.

Fugate made the round of the Sunday talk shows as the storm moved through New York City and the Northeast.

Fallen Tree From Hurricane Irene

Fallen Tree From Hurricane Irene

According to the Associated Press, The District of Columbia’s emergency management director says Washington appears to have weathered Hurricane Irene with fewer problems than other parts of the mid-Atlantic region.

Millicent West says the biggest problems in the district are power outages and downed trees. She says about 29,000 homes are without power, and there are roughly 200 trees down around the city, with new reports still coming in.

 

Thanks to Sammy Malin who took this picture of a tree downed on Wilmett Road, Bethesda Maryland.

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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.

Montgomery County Emergency Operation Center's Safety Tips

 

 

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.

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.