Hurricane Irene’s Impact on Fairfax County

Hurricane Irene ImageAt this time, Hurricane Irene is not expected to have a significant impact on Fairfax County.

However, we must be prepared for power outages due to downed trees, and minor flooding from heavy rain. Currently the National Weather Service predicts 2-4 inches of rain and possibly 30-50 mph wind gusts for Fairfax County. This is subject to change depending on the path of the storm. We will update you as the storm progresses.

We should always remain prepared. Ensure that you have food and water, medications, and special needs considerations for up to 72 hours, or 3 days.  Be prepared for power outages and stay informed.  Two ways to stay informed are through the Community Emergency Alert Network (CEAN) at or through this blog. You can also follow us on Facebook at and Twitter at

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8 responses to “Hurricane Irene’s Impact on Fairfax County”

  1. Anonymous says :

    Thank you, my wife is currently in your area and I was worried about Irene. I’ve advised her of your site and she is informing others.

    Phil from Ohio

  2. Anonymous says :

    Please keep this updated as soon as you can? I was shocked at the lack of info right after the Earthquake here locally by FCEAN? I will be traveling and have no up to the minute access to news! Keep up the good work! Be safe!

  3. Anonymous says :

    It is reassuring to hear “a calm voice” amid the hype of “a really great story!” Thank you!

  4. Anonymous says :

    I live in the area of Belle View that was flooded during Isabel. I have no television and expect my power to go out this evening.As we experienced last time, flooding in the night is terrifying. Please keep those CEAN updates coming tonight. I’ll be relying upon them.

    • Fairfax County Emergency Information says :

      Thanks for your comment. We will continue to use CEAN as one of our communications tools today and tomorrow.

    • dave says :

      Wow, I thought I was the only one without a TV in Belle View. 🙂

      One of the main differences between Irene and Isabel will be the tides. The worst of the Isabel storm surge hit during high tide. (It was the combination of the storm surge AND high tide during Isabel that topped the levies after midnight.)

      Thankfully, low tide is at 1:52 am tonight, so any surge from Irene will be mitigated by the low tide.

      (The other difference, I think, is Irene will pass to our east, while Isabel passed to the west; The counterclockwise direction of the hurricane winds apparently makes less of a coastal storm surge when the hurricane passes to our east.)

  5. Anonymous says :

    Thanks for this site! I just want to be sure this is up to date, as it’s now Saturday at 8:30am and this is the same post that’s been up for two days. Will this site be kept up to date minute to minute? I’m in New Alexandria and need as clear information as possible, as evacuation will be very difficult for me and my family. Thanks so much.