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Hurricane Irene: What to Expect

by ARLnow.com August 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm 5,516 50 Comments

Update at 6:20 p.m. — The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Arlington County. Heavy rains are causing ponding on roadways and producing the risk of dangerous flooding, especially in low-lying areas.

From Arlington County:

What to expect in Arlington from Irene: A Tropical Storm Warning and Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Arlington County.

  • Rain bands from the hurricane will start hitting this area in the early to mid-afternoon.
  • Heavy rain, winds will start at around 6 p.m.
  • Heaviest rain and winds between 8 pm Sat. and 2 am Sun.
  • During this period we will likely experience sustained winds of up to 40 MPH, gusts between 40 and 50 MPH.
  • 2-4 inches of total rain expected, with higher amounts further east.
  • Due to ground saturation and winds, we are likely to experience some downed trees.

The county has rolled out a live “Arlington Irene-cam” for residents to watch the effects of the storm outside the county office building at 2100 Clarendon Boulevard in Courthouse.

  • SouthArlJD

    Please, please, tree in my back yard, DO NOT fall down.

    • Skeptical

      Please, tree in my neighbor’s yard that I’ve been pointing out as a problem to them for years, do not fall down — or if you do, fall in their yard.

  • Nunya

    is there a shelter near Donaldson Run?

    • SaveDaveMckenna

      Apparently it is completely unaffected by the hurricane.

      Also, Pedro and Vinny’s was open as of 3pm, and darn tasty.

      • brendan

        latest images out of Donaldson Run show that it’s been pretty hard hit.

        • Richard Cranium

          That’s not Donaldson Run – there’s no Ark floating by.

  • NoArlViewer

    Potomac Overlook regional park on Marcy Road.

    • SaveDaveMckenna

      When are they going to rename that park, as per the sign in the park which says some private landowner has obscured the view.

  • S.

    Please, people of Ballston: TAKE YOUR BELONGINGS OFF OF YOUR PATIOS (yes, I’m talking to you, tenants of the Archstone – Ballston Square).

    • Ali

      Same thing in Crystal City because I see one of those Gatorade jugs on someone’s patio that’s going to go through someone else’s windshield.

      • CrystalMikey

        Ditto with CC. My building even distro’d a letter to everyone this AM, but still a ton of stuff on people’s balconies. SMH.

  • Lou

    Today is a good day to sit out on the screened porch with a good maduro and a Piraat.

  • NOVApologist

    Today was a great day to go for a 10 mile run the 66 bike trail. 72 degrees; light rain; and I could count the number of other trail users on one hand.

    • Virginia^2

      Yes! Custis Trail was totally empty – running in the rain was absolutely worth not having to deal with hundreds of passhole cyclists.

      • rerun

        Without cyclists the trails wouldn’t exist, runhole.

        • BoredHouseWife

          thanks for that image

        • Virginia^2

          I still come out on top in that hypothetical

      • CW

        Yeah, had a nice run on it until we were hit by a flying rotten log jet-propelled at 50 mph.

  • brendan

    wow… Courthouse isn’t looking good.

    • Calabria


    • Ted Williams

      Great pic!

      What year/storm was that from?

    • bobco85

      Looks like they’re going to stop by the CVS for supplies!

    • R. Griffon

      What the?! … Courthouse is on top of a big hill. How is that even POSSIBLE?!!!

      • Scott

        it’s not…

        • R.Griffon

          LOL. I first saw that on (and posted from) my smartphone – the pic was really small on the screen and looked totally authentic. Now on a “real” screen it’s so friggin’ obvious. I feel like an idiot.

    • Richard Cranium

      Hmmm – what if there were a way . . . to take one picture and . . . merge it with another picture. I’ll bet someone will pay money for that. I’m going to call it “Photo-Modifier-Thingy.” Should be a hit!

      • othersideoftheriver


      • SaveDaveMckenna

        If only they didn’t charge a ridiculous amount for it. Oh wait, they factored in for all those suckers in N. Arlington.

        • Dan

          You can get Elements for around $50 with rebate.

        • CW

          Hmm, now if there was only some way to…send files over the internet…

        • derp

          or you can download it for free……

          just have to block adobe update servers from invalidating.

  • Virginia^2

    WaPo’s Capital Weather Gang does an unparalleled job covering weather events… to the point that the frequency and detail of their tweets and Facebook statuses is almost annoying.

    But they’re always accurate – I discovered them last winter and they’ve completely replaced my other sources of weather info.

    • Juanita de Talmas

      they’re always accurate

      I would dispute that.

      • AllenB

        They’re much more accurate than anything else I’ve ever used for weather.

    • CW

      You want to know why they’re “accurate”? Because they vacillate and re-update so often that they’re basically no longer forecasting, they’re just reporting.

      Basically they’re like “Models show that it could be sunny or cloudy today….updated 8:35 A.M…*looks out window*…WaPo Capital Weather Gang is showing that it’s going to be sunny today!”

  • Chris M.

    I think it’s from hurricane Photoshop in 2003.

  • philt

    Wow so thankful that the county spent the money to put a webcam outside their office so I can check the weather updates and live weather on my computer and don’t have to look out my front window. What ways will they think of spending our tax dollars next?

    • Scott

      You’re welcome

    • AllenB

      Yeah, the things they could do with that extra $50! How dare they!

    • Lou

      They could at least have Barbara in front of the camera giving the weather report.

      • Jim

        That would be too awesome.

    • Duh

      Pretty sure they probably already had a USB-enabled camera on hand, it doesn’t cost anything to set it up and stream it online. Duh.

  • Just lost a tree in Arlington Village — relocating downstairs away from front of house.

    • PikeGuy

      Was that in the ravine? I relocated to stay with family in Ashton Heights because those ravine trees freaked me out. We’ve already had several big trees in the ravine go down this year.

  • Newsy Mom

    Not sure why the county couldn’t lay the roadwork signs down on Glebe Rd.near the Harris Teeter @ Ballston and continuing all the way down to Route 50. Saw one blow right into oncoming traffic a few hrs. ago – the 2 little sandbags and wooden stand just aren’t cutting it!

    • Chris Slatt

      Glebe is a State Road – VDOT is the source of the shoddy sign anchoring.

      • Newsy Mom

        Thanks for the clarification – now I know who to blame!

  • Golden

    Is the circular driveway ok???

  • s.arl.gal

    Any news about Four Mile Run? Few years ago it flooded/overflowed and caused water damage to vehicles.

  • Charles

    After 10 seconds the Irene Cam cuts to advertising.


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