Hurricane Irene’s Impact on Fairfax County (Saturday Morning Update)
According to the latest information from the National Weather Service, the forecast for Fairfax County remains similar to yesterday.
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 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cean or through this blog. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fairfaxcounty and Twitter at www.twitter.com/fairfaxcounty.