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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.

Fast Moving Storms Damage Neighborhood

POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA)-- A storm that moved quickly through parts of Potomac and Bethesda on Friday evening left quite the mess behind.

A massive tree came crashing down narrowly missing a church near the intersection of Seven Locks Road and Bells Mill in Potomac. In other nearby areas, downed power lines were reported by storm gusts. Flash floods were also reported throughout the area.

Repair crews and Montgomery County police officers used chain saws to remove another toppled tree that blocked Seven Locks Road near Bells Mill.

Montgomery Co. Councilmember Battles Breast Cancer

GARRETT PARK, Md. (WUSA) -- Last month, Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Floreen announced on her blog that she had early stage breast cancer. She felt nothing when she did her breast self exam; neither did her doctor during an annual clinical exam.

It took a mammogram screening to find the suspicious mass. Early detection is the key to beating breast cancer and that is Councilmember Floreen's message now.

Nancy Floreen's entire public life has been in service to the people of Montgomery County, Maryland. She was Mayor of the Town of Garrett Park; since 2002, an at-large member of the County Council; and she served a one-year term as Council President in 2010.

Good Jobs, Bad Jobs When Temps Soar

BETHESDA, MD. (WUSA) -- The extremely hot weather of the past two days has a lot of people wondering about the best and worst jobs to have when temperatures are soaring.

As luck would have it, we found what could be the best job and the worst job on the same block: An ice house in Bethesda right next door to a restaurant that's having a new roof installed.  

Watch the video to see what two employees at each location have to say about their jobs on this hot day.

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.