The gingkos have failed us!! Well not the stink – but what the hell is this?!?!
Thanks to Mug of Glop for tagging PoPville on Instagram for this better illustration:
Photo by PoPville flickr user Bekah Richards
From Alert DC:
“DHS reports the Hypothermia Alert will be activated at 7:00 PM tonight. According to NWS the current temperature is 43 degrees with continued precipitation. Tonights low temperature is expected to be 40 degrees with a wind chill low of 36 degrees with rain ending by midnight.
In accordance with the 2017-18 District of Columbia Winter Plan for the Homeless, The Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) along with Department of Human Services (DHS), will activate the Hypothermia Alert. To request shelter transport for DC residents who are homeless and on the street contact the Shelter Hotline (202) 399-7093, or 311.”
Thanks to Grant for sending this wild half bloom from Trinidad.
Photo by PoPville flickr user Dean M
From Alert DC:
“The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for the District of Columbia and the surrounding area from 1:00am through 9:00am Wednesday, October 18, 2017. The temperature is expected to drop into the 30s and may cause widespread frosting in the area.”
Photo by PoPville flickr user Erin
“The National Weather Service (NWS) reports the temperature is 90 degrees, with a HEAT INDEX of 96 degrees. The Department of Human Services (DHS) has activated the Heat Emergency Plan. MPD, FEMS, DDOT and the Ward Outreach have been notified.
As temperatures rise, the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department and DC Water urge those in the District to beat the heat without tampering with fire hydrants. Unauthorized hydrant use can hamper firefighting, damage the water system and cause injury. It can also flood streets, creating traffic dangers and it can lower the water pressure for everyone on the block.
Residents and visitors in the District can keep cool by staying in shade or air conditioning and drinking plenty of water. When the temperature or heat index reaches 95, residents are encouraged to take extra precautions against the heat. If they do not live in an air-conditioned building, they may take refuge at a District indoor swimming pool, spray parks, cooling center, recreation facility, senior center or other air-conditioned building. More information, and locations, can be found at heat.dc.gov or by contacting the heat hotline at 202-399-7093.”
Photo by PoPville flickr user Nathan Stewart
First we freak out, then we name it, then we start compiling happy hour specials obviously.
Gulp. Thanks to a reader for passing on this story from Rolling Stone:
“When the big storm hits D.C., the resulting disaster may not kill as many as Katrina, or flood as much physical real estate as Harvey, but the toll it takes on American institutions will be unfathomable. The storm will paralyze many of the agencies that operate and defend the nation, raising the specter of national-security threats.
Heavy rains over the headwaters of the Potomac released a deluge into the city 13 times between 1877 and 1996. The most notable floods were 1936, when the Potomac destroyed every single bridge but one along a 185-mile stretch, and 1942, when the river inundated the National Mall.”
Full report here.
“2900 block of Sherman in the height of the storm. Water was coming down one of the alleys running downhill from GA Ave like a river.”
“Atlantic Plumbing (apts) could use a plumber. Ground floor and adjoining stores flooded. Water dripping from ceiling on first floor as well.”
Many more after the jump. (more…)
Folks have been sending me tons of photos of mushrooms. These two from Carlos found in Sherman Circle are my favorite.
Holy smokes. Thanks to Clare for sending:
“Some friends and I got stuck on the Potomac during the storm last night. Hid in the storm drain from hail and lightning, then had to book it to beat the flash flood – all of us managed to stay on our boards!”
That is scary as hell – glad you all made it out safely!!