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  Hurricane Irene Updates  

August 28, 2011

7:15 a.m.

Hurricane warnings and watches as well as flood watches have been lifted for the Washington metropolitan area. Wind gusts currently are between 25 and 30 miles per hour, but are expected to diminish throughout the morning. Traffic seems to be flowing normally around the campus, but beware of downed trees in some neighborhoods, and some traffic signals are not working.

August 27, 2011

9:10 p.m.

More than 6,500 homes and businesses in Washington, 15,000 in Prince George’s County, 10,000 in Anne Arundel County and 5,000 around Baltimore have lost power due to Hurricane Irene. Expect these numbers to rise as the region heads into the windiest period of the storm now into the overnight.  Area residents are strongly advised to stay in their homes.  The Washington metropolitan area is currently under a flash flood warning.  Three to six inches of rain are likely between now and 11:30 p.m. for D.C. Rainfall totals for the entire storm will likely end up in the four- to eight-inch range, slightly higher than had previously been expected. Tornados from the storm have been reported in eastern Maryland.

Update # 11

7:15 p.m.

High winds from Hurricane Irene, with gusts of 40 miles per hour, are expected to hit the Washington metropolitan area within the next hour.  The winds and heavy rain could result in fallen trees, branches and debris.  Two people have been killed by fallen trees or branches in Virginia and North Carolina.

Area residents are strongly advised to stay in their homes.  The Washington metropolitan area is currently under a flash flood warning.  Three to six inches of rain are likely between now and 11:30 p.m. for D.C. Rainfall totals for the entire storm will likely end up in the four- to eight-inch range, slightly higher than had previously been expected. Tornados from the storm have been reported in eastern Maryland.

Update # 10

5:42 p.m.

The Washington metropolitan area, particularly counties in southern Maryland, are under flash flood warning as a result of Hurricane Irene.   The region is now experiencing heavy rain bands from the storm, Howard University meteorologist Gregory Jenkins, Ph.D., said.  Rain will continue into the evening and early Sunday morning, elevating the area’s flood threat.  The rain should come to an end by Sunday afternoon, with some isolated showers.

The wind is beginning to pick up, with speeds between 15 and 25 miles per hour.  Wind gusts could be higher.  Winds will increase in the evening, and beginning after 7:30 p.m., expect tropical storm force winds of 35 miles per hour and higher.  Tropical storm force winds are expected to continue from midnight to around noon Sunday.

President Obama has made Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) aid available to Maryland to supplement the state and local response efforts to deal with emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Irene.  FEMA is to coordinate all disaster relief efforts and provide equipment and money to alleviate the impact of the storm.
At least six people have died as a result of Hurricane Irene.  The storm has already toppled trees and caused flooding from Richmond, Va., to the Virginia coast. More than 564,000 customers of Dominion Virginia Power, the state’s largest power supplier, already have lost electrical power, and thousands of customers of rural electric cooperatives also have been affected. More than 150 flights at Richmond International Airport have been canceled.  In Norfolk, Va., Southwest Airlines says it has suspended service at Norfolk International Airport.  Elsewhere, airlines have canceled more than 8,300 flights for the weekend as a result of the storm.

Update # 9

3:26 p.m.
Due to Hurricane Irene, brunch will not be served Sunday, Aug. 28.  Instead, emergency meals will be made available by the community director in the residence hall.  Dinner will be served Sunday in the dining areas from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Update # 8

3:25 p.m.
Hurricane Irene is already toppling trees and flooding some roads from Richmond, Va., to the Virginia coast.  Nearly 230,000 people are reported without power in the state.  More than 150 flights at Richmond International Airport have been canceled.  In Norfolk, Va., Southwest Airlines says it has suspended service today at Norfolk International Airport.
 
 Washington metropolitan area has been receiving the first bands of rain from Hurricane Irene since 11 a.m. Saturday, Howard University meteorologist Gregory Jenkins, Ph.D., said.  Additional bands are expected over the next few hours with minor flooding possible.  Rain will continue in the evening and early Sunday morning, elevating the area’s flood threat. Rain should come to an end with some isolated showers by Sunday afternoon.
 
Winds coming from the northeast will begin to pick up this afternoon, with speeds between 15-25 miles per hour.  Wind gusts could be higher.  They will increase in the evening, and beginning after 7:30 p.m., expect tropical storm force winds of 35 miles per hour and higher.  Tropical storm force winds are expected to continue from midnight to around noon Sunday.

Update #7

12:27 p.m.
Howard University meteorologist Gregory Jenkins, Ph.D., says the Washington metropolitan area is now receiving the first bands of rain from Hurricane Irene.  Additional bands are expected during the afternoon with minor flooding possible.  Rain will continue in the evening and early Sunday morning, elevating the area’s flood threat. Rain should come to an end with some isolated showers by Sunday afternoon.
Winds coming from the northeast will begin to pick up this afternoon, with speeds between 15-25 miles per hour.  Wind gusts could be higher.  They will increase in the evening, and beginning after 7:30 p.m., expect tropical storm force winds of 35 miles per hour and higher.  Tropical storm force winds are expected to continue from midnight to around noon Sunday.
Update # 6

11:39 a.m.
Due to weather conditions, dinner service for Saturday, Aug. 27, will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.


August 26, 2011

Update #5

5:24 p.m.
The cafeteria will remain open until 7 p.m. tonight, Friday, Aug. 26. The Punchout closed today at 5 p.m. as the University makes preparations for Hurricane Irene.   It is scheduled to reopen Monday.  In preparation for expected heavy rain and high winds, the University has ordered a curfew for all dormitories and buildings for 8 p.m. Saturday. Shuttle service will discontinue at 8 p.m. as well, unless weather dictates an earlier cessation of service.  Shuttles are expected to resume Sunday.

The Howard University Bookstore will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27.

Update #4

6:47 a.m.
National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the District of Columbia and Metropolitan Area. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the next 36 hours. Also a Flash Flood Watch was issued for a portion of Washington Baltimore Metropolitan Area. The center of Hurricane Irene is located about 660 miles south of Washington DC. The storm is moving north at 14 mph with a storm intensity of 110 mph.
August 25, 2011

Update #3

8:07 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a TROPICAL STORM WATCH for the entire District of Columbia metro area.     
     
The 5 p.m. 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.     
 
Update # 2

11:04 a.m.
Howard University Community:
A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions - sustained winds of 74 mph or higher - are possible within 48 hours. A hurricane warning means hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours.

Make sure you have a battery-powered radio with fresh batteries; a flashlight, batteries, a first-aid kit, canned or packaged food that can be prepared without cooking or refrigeration; several days supply of drinking water (1 gallon per person per day) and a full tank of gas in your car.
Assemble an adequate supply of essential medicines, particularly prescriptions. Go to the bank for cash. Carry credit cards or make sure they are in a safe place.

Watch television, pay attention to Alert HU, Howard.edu and HU Communications, listen to the radio or check the Internet for hurricane position, intensity and expected landfall.
READ MORE http://www.howard.edu/newsroom/notifications/HurricanePreparednessInformation.htm


August 24, 2011

Update #1

5:27 p.m.
Howard University Department of Public Safety has taken major steps towards making our campus one of the safest in the United States. Members of the community are encouraged to stay informed with what's going on in the community by utilizing the Alert HU and the Howard University Guardian System.

The Alert HU Mass Notification System, which has been upgraded, notifies the community of any  school cancellations, closings, emergencies, or other critical information which may pose a threat to the safety and security of the Howard University community.
These services are free to students, faculty and staff.  To register, visit: www.Howard.edu/bisonconnect

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