Hurricane Irene’s Impact on Fairfax County (Saturday Afternoon Update)

There have been no signficant changes to our update that was posted this morning (full text below):

A Tropical Storm Warning and Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the county.  It will likely rain most of the day today, but the rain bands from the hurricane will start hitting this area in the early to mid afternoon.  Heavy rain and winds will start at around 6 p.m., with the heaviest rain and winds occurring between 8 p.m. Saturday night and 2 a.m Sunday morning.  During this period we will likely experience sustained winds of up to 40 MPH with gusts between 40 and 50 MPH.  During the course of the storm, 2-4 inches of rain are expected, with higher amounts the further east you go. We will update you with any changes as the storm progresses.

Residents should be prepared for power outages due to downed trees and minor flooding from heavy rain. 

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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7 responses to “Hurricane Irene’s Impact on Fairfax County (Saturday Afternoon Update)”

  1. Ed Klopek says :

    Are Fairfax county facilities still open? Other counties are closing or have closed.

    WhereAll locations
    All official Arlington County facilities including libraries will close at noon on Saturday, Aug. 27 and remain closed on Sunday, Aug. 28.
    All library materials due Saturday or Sunday will now be due on Monday, Aug. 29.
    Please stay safe and informed:

    DC: In anticipation of Hurricane Irene, the Department of Parks and Recreation has closed all facilities on Saturday, Aug. 27 including the Deanwood Recreation Center and Library. All other D.C. public libraries will close at 3 p.m. today.

  2. Anonymous says :

    Wil the county send the Water Pump truck out to Fenwick Drive in Fenwick Park tonight ? This is near intersection of Fenwick Dr and Arlington Blvd 22042. Typically the County will send the truck during heavy rain to pump water ouf or the underground pipes as they can back up into homes during heavy rain. This location should be on a “watch list” already but do we have to call for the truck or can we assume it will come out to check the water levels?

  3. anonymous says :

    We’re in New Alexandria and would like to get some up to date information on the possibility of flooding as happened in Hurricane Isabel. We’ve seen general information but at this point would like something more specific. And will emergency crews come through and inform us if we need to evacuate at any point in the night?

  4. Fairfax County Emergency Information says :

    Please make sure you are signed up for CEAN ( – our emergency alert notification system.

    Within CEAN, be sure to click on the “Riverwatch” box (RiverWatch • Messages concerning pending emergencies and flood preparedness in the Belleview, New Alexandria and Huntington communities.)

    If any action is needed tonight, we will announce it through all of our communication tools (, including door-to-door notification if necessary.