Thanks to Anne for sending:
“Someone must be missing their valet umbrella this morning. 13th and Q”
Photo by PoPville flickr user wolfpackWX
“The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Tornado Watch for the District of Columbia and surrounding jurisdictions in effect until 10:00pm today.”
Photo by PoPville flickr user Rudi Riet
So much for erring on the side of caution. From the Mayor’s Office:
“As Hurricane Florence is projected to have a diminished effect in the District, Mayor Muriel Bowser has rescinded her state of emergency declaration, effective immediately.
The declaration of public emergency had authorized the City Administrator, in coordination with the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, the Director of the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, and the Chief Financial Officer, to apply for financial assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, any other federal, private, or nonprofit disaster relief and recovery organizations, and any other appropriate agencies of the United States government.
The order to rescind was signed by the Mayor and the Secretary of the District of Columbia, Lauren Vaughan, and states: (more…)
Are there any suggested trees I should park under if it would be financially advantageous for a tree to fall on my car? If mother nature is going to go on a wrecking spree this week, I am hoping she can start with my money pit of a vehicle.”
Hmm, Capital Weather Gang now reports:
“Since Tuesday, forecasts have shifted the storm track towards the south and southwest after it reaches the coast, which could increase the storm’s severity in coastal South Carolina through Myrtle Beach and Charleston and even into parts of Georgia.”
So you may need to drive south…
From the Mayor’s Office:
“As the District prepares for Hurricane Florence, Mayor Muriel Bowser has declared a state of emergency, effective immediately.
“While we are monitoring potential impacts of Hurricane Florence on the District, we remain committed to keeping our residents safe, prepared, and informed,” said Mayor Bowser. “I encourage all District residents and visitors to take this storm seriously and stay up to date on the latest emergency information, including signing up for our AlertDC messaging service.”
The declaration of public emergency is effective immediately and will stay in effect for 15 days. The declaration authorizes the City Administrator, in coordination with the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, the Director of the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA), and the Chief Financial Officer, to apply for financial assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, any other federal, private, or nonprofit disaster relief and recovery organizations, and any other appropriate agencies of the United States government.
The emergency declaration implements the District response plan and applies to all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the DC Government. It also permits utility workers and District agencies to retain crews to complete emergency repairs and restore services beyond normal work hours. The emergency declaration prohibits price gouging during the public emergency or for the next 30 days (whichever is shorter). The last time Mayor Bowser declared a state of emergency was on January 21, 2016, ahead of the winter storm known as Snowzilla.
HSEMA is coordinating preparations and emergency planning with its partner agencies at the District, federal, and regional levels. Additional information will be provided to the public as Hurricane Florence’s trajectory and its impact on the District become more precise.
Mayor Bowser advises that District residents and visitors should: (more…)
Whoa, thanks to Kimberly for sending:
“Parts of rock creek are already crazy flooded. Here’s a photo from beach drive at 1:45 pm. Other cars were stranded on the other side and had to call for roadside help.”
What kind of labor safeguards do we have in DC for those who toil outside in such dangerously high temperatures?”
Related from DPW:
“Summer has arrived in the District and so has the hot weather. With this in mind, trash and recycling crews from the Department of Public Works (DPW) will be starting their daily collection routes one hour earlier at 6 am, beginning Tuesday, July 3. The earlier collection time will remain in effect for the entire summer, ending Monday, September 3.”
Heads up for anyone headed CostCo in NE… they’ve cleared out most of the meat due to the heat and anything still available is ‘insulated’ under cardboard. Other open refrigerated sections are shielded with pull-down shades. Pretty wild ahead of the holiday. This was around 6:30pm Monday night.”
More photos after the jump. (more…)
Photo of one hot raccoon in Woodley Park by John Anthony
From Alert DC:
“The National Weather Service (NWS) reports the temperature is 89 degrees, with heat index of 95 degrees. Heat index values from 100-102 degrees are expected.
Extreme heat is dangerous and can cause illnesses and death. As temperatures rise, you are encouraged to take an active role in your safety and take action to stay cool. (more…)