Monday, July 2, 2012
Hotel options are limited for Montgomery County residents without power.
For many left in the dark after Friday night’s storm, the decision was simple: No lights, no food, no air conditioning — no way. But the response they got at the innkeeper’s desk? “Sorry, no rooms.” Hotels throughout the county were booked solid this weekend. A web search Monday for a one-night stay at hotels in Gaithersburg, Germantown, Silver Spring, Rockville and Bethesda wielded few results, leaving people in search of lodging with limited options if they don’t have friends or family to stay with. And those who were able to find available rooms could only hope the demand for rooms would not lead to sky-high rates. Annapolis Patch reported Sunday that a room at Best Western in Annapolis reportedly was listed for $600 a night on at least…
Friday, June 1, 2012
Severe storm possibilities continue into Friday night, June 1.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning until 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 1, for southeastern Montgomery County, Washington, DC, and other counties in suburban DC. "Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams...urban areas...highways...streets and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and [low-lying] spots," according to the National Weather service advisory. A flash flood watch is in effect until midnight for much of Maryland and the DC region, the advisory adds. Across the region, thunderstorms producing 1 to 2 inches of rainfall are expected, with isolated rainfall amounts of over 4 inches, according to the advisory. A tornado watch is also in effect in Montgomery …
Friday commuters may contend with heavy rain and strong winds on their way home.
Update, 1:55 p.m. A tornado watch has been issued for Montgomery County, the District of Columbia, and neighboring counties until 9 p.m. Friday. See the NOAA alert for more details about which counties are included in the tornado watch. Original story: Commuters may find themselves driving home in bad weather this evening. Don't forget to check Patch's live traffic map to see where accidents have blocked intersections. The National Weather Service is warning of severe thunderstorms likely to develop this afternoon and evening, with heavy rain and strong winds. There is also a possibility of large hail, isolated tornadoes, and flash flooding in the region. More updates to come as the storms draw closer.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Chevy Chase on Tuesday night, May 29.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for parts of Montgomery County until 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29. The areas affected by the warning include Chevy Chase, Adelphi, Beltsville, Colesville, College Park, Gaithersburg and Germantown. And, a severe thunderstorm watch will be in effect until 10 p.m. "Residents should expect extremely heavy rain that will flood [low-lying areas] and streets with slow drainage. Do not try to cross flooded roads. Flooded areas may be harder to identify at night. Use caution while driving," a Montgomery County weather alert advised. Get daily and breaking news email updates from Chevy Chase Patch by signing up for newsletters here.
Monday, March 12, 2012
If a fierce storm comes through this year, will you be ready?
With Rock Creek nearby, local residents are always on the lookout for potential flooding conditions. While another Hurricane Irene isn't expected anytime soon, Monday marks the beginning of National Flood Safety Awareness Week, the perfect time to make sure you are prepared for the next big storm. The National Weather Service offers flood preparedness tips and videos. Here is some additional advice from Generac:
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
"Please don't touch the sump pump" doesn't have quite the same breezy ring to it as "please don't eat the daisies," but nonetheless, it was one of the lessons we learned this week.
One of my daughter’s teachers looked at the parents sitting in front of him at B-CC’s Back-to-School Night last week, smiled, and said, “I moved here from Texas about three weeks ago. So far I’ve experienced 1.) an earthquake, 2). a hurricane and 3). whatever this is,” and he jerked his thumb toward the windows that were being pelted with rain. We all laughed, looked out at the dark and stormy night and got momentarily distracted watching a cruise ship sail down East-West Highway. At least, it looked like a cruise ship. I suppose it might have been a hydroplaning Suburban. The last few weeks have brought some, ahem, unusual natural “events” to the area, that’s for sure. As a result, we’ve all learned a thing or two about ourselves, and …
Friday, September 9, 2011
The National Weather Service has extended the flash flood warning into Friday evening.
A flash flood watch is in effect for Montgomery County through an unspecified time this evening, according to the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service warns that due to the saturated state of the ground, it will not take much rainfall to cause flooding. Another inch of rain is expected, though amounts could increase during thunderstorms. Thursday's flash floods left multiple cars stranded on road ways, and authorities continue to urge caution while driving on the roads. The Department of Transportation has closed the following roads due to high water situations:
Thursday, September 8, 2011
High waters have shut down the road between East-West Highway and Porter Street in Chevy Chase.
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Thursday, September 8, 2011
Flooding on Beach Drive has made it unsafe for drivers, and the county has closed the road between East-West Highway and Porter Street in Chevy Chase, as well as between Knowles Avenue and Stoneybrook Drive in Kensington. The county is advising drivers to steer clear of flooded streets, as just 6 inches of water is enough to make steering impossible and lead to danger, according to the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. The National Weather Service has issued another flash flood warning for Montgomery County this morning, in effect until 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Montgomery County starting at noon on Thursday, Aug. 25, and lasting through the evening.
Montgomery County is under a flash flood watch, issued by the National Weather Service, from noon on Thursday, Aug. 25, through the evening. The National Weather Service currently predicts that the center of Irene will approach Maryland on Sunday, with wind gusts between 74 and 110 miles per hour. Hurricane Irene is currently off the the southern tip of Florida in the Atlantic Ocean but is expected to travel up the East Coast as far north as New England, bringing hurricane-force winds, extreme rainfall, significant coastal flooding and a tornado threat, according to The Weather Channel. Heavy rain could track as far west as western Virginia, western Maryland, central Pennsylvania and central and western New York. Today's Forecast After 3 p…
Friday, August 19, 2011
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning, effective until 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, for Montgomery County.
Montgomery County is under a flash flood warning until 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19. Heavy rainfall may cause severe and unexpected flooding within the next 12 hours, according to the National Weather Service, which issued the warning. Flash Floods kill more people every year than any other weather hazard. As little as two feet of water can sweep a vehicle off the road, according to the county's severe weather alert system.