Am I the only DC resident who wonders why we haven't heard anything about hurricane prep from DC Mayor Vincent Gray or the City Council? The 11 o'clock news just happened and no voice of reassrance from our city. Through emails I know of the plans of Amtrak, Pepco, the MLK dedication, and others...but nothing from our elected leaders.
The governors of Virginia and Maryland have made decisions, declaring states of emergency, the mayors of New York and Philadelphia have made public statements to their citizens, but I've done a lot of searching and have not been able to find anything about the hurricane from the DC Government.
I know it's more symbolic than anything, because a Mayor cannot control the course of a storm, but part of the symbolic role is to at least talk about expected major events with awareness and forethought. Or am I being silly?
Do they think if we ignore it the storm won't come? I hope that works. I welcome the rain, but not torrents, and amscray on the wind.
UPDATE: DC Alert that came in at 6:34pm
The National Weather Service has issued a TROPICAL STORM WATCH for the entire District of Columbia metro area.
The 5PM update from the National Hurricane Center now shows Hurricane Irene coming close enough to the District to potentially cause Tropical Storm force wind gusts of 30-60 mph, with higher gusts closer to the shore. In light of that threat, NWS Baltimore/Washington has chosen to issue a Tropical Storm Watch for our area.
The details of the forecast track for Irene are subject to change for better or worse over today and tomorrow. Please stay closely tuned in to local media and Alert DC for important updates.
The outer bands of the storm, which could include significant rainfall and wind gusts, are expected to arrive on Saturday afternoon and continue into Sunday.
For a graphic of the current forecast track for the storm, please see http://bit.ly/Irene5PMThurs
Make sure you have a battery-operated radio for news updates and possible evacuation routes.
Prepare or grab your Emergency Go Kit, which should have enough food and water for 3 days. More info athttp://bit.ly/EmergGoKit
Fill up your car with fuel.
Prepare to bring pets inside.
Stay inside during the storm if you do not evacuate.
Go to the first or second floor if you're in a multi-story building.
Do not walk or drive through moving water.
Prepare for likely power outages.
Report any downed power lines immediately.
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