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From Loudoun County:

Time to Start Thinking about Winter Weather Preparedness

From Loudoun County:

The Loudoun County Office of Emergency Management encourages everyone to prepare now for cold weather emergencies.  There are simple, low-cost steps individuals and families can take to be ready: get a kit, make a plan and stay informed.

Winter weather creates a picturesque scene with blankets of soft snow and tree limbs glazed with ice, but downed power lines, icy roads, snow drifts and frozen water pipes can turn peaceful settings into dangerous situations at home and on the road.  Now is the time to prepare for the upcoming winter months. 

When winter weather threatens your area, it’s essential that you listen to your local radio and television stations for updated information.  Make sure you are familiar with the various winter related terminology.

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.

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.