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Hurricane Preparedness Tips from Loudoun County

As Hurricane Irene approaches make sure you check out the Loudoun County hurricane preparedness tips

For Example:

 

Familiarize yourself with the terminology:

  • Flood Watch means that a flood is possible in your area;

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.

PHOTOS: Viewers' Weather Pics From August 18

Viewers kindly posted pictures on our Facebook page when storms rolled in Thursday night.

Loudoun Officials Advise Residents to Take Precautions Due to Excessive Heat

Loudoun Officials Advise Residents to Take Precautions Due to Excessive Heat

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Loudoun County, in effect from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, July 21, 2011, and Friday, July 22, 2011.

An excessive heat warning means that high temperatures are expected to be in the upper 90s on Thursday and in the upper 90s or low 100s on Friday. But it will feel at times as if it’s 110 degrees. The worst of the heat is expected during the afternoon and early evening hours Thursday and Friday. The excessive heat will likely carry over into the weekend as well.

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Loudoun County officials remind citizens to take these steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, injuries, and deaths during this period of excessive heat: 

Excessive Heat Warning Issued for Loudoun County

From Loudoun Alert:

VIEWER VIDEO: Hail Storm In Leesburg, Va.

Virginia State Of Emergency

RICHMOND (WUSA) -- Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has declared a state of emergency Thursday after severe storms and tornadoes caused deaths throughout the state.

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State agencies are going to help local governments respond to the impact of the severe weather.

• The Virginia Emergency Operations Center is coordinating the state's response with increased staffing.