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Area Prepares for Hurricane Joaquin

Although new models show Hurricane Joaquin moving out to sea, the storm could still bring strong winds and more rain to Maryland and other East Coast states already drenched from the Nor’easter.

MD Governor Mr. Hogan has declared states of emergency as forecasters warned of flash floods from historic Charleston, South Carolina, to Washington, D.C. — regardless of whether Joaquin comes ashore or tracks farther out to sea.

Here is the statement we got from the Prince George’s county administration about their plan to address Joaquinn and its aftermath.

In preparation of Hurricane Joaquin the Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) is preparing for heavy rain and wind to blanket the area. The Office of Highway Maintenance is currently checking and cleaning all trash racks and pumping stations. Jet vac crews will be stationed at D’Arcy Road. Tree crews will be on stand by and will remain available to respond to any downed tree emergencies during this weather event.

Residents are reminded that during heavy rain events, low lying and flood prone areas will flood. Residents should check and clean gutters and down spouts, as well as yard grates, sump pumps and sump drains. Finally, residents should not attempt to drive through flooded streets at any time. If the road markings are covered with water and not visible, residents should not attempt to drive through the water. Residents are also reminded that DPW&T does not distribute sand bags. Burlap bags and sand are available at most hardware stores; sandless bags may be available as well.

The Department of Public Works and Transportation recommends that residents and those who work or commute through Prince George’s County to register for “Alert Prince George’s” text, email, and/or voice alerts of emergency messages. To sign-up for the system, visit Alert.mypgc.us to register your information. Current subscribers are also encouraged to log-in and update their existing account.
During this weather event “We encourage our residents to proceed with caution and to take the necessary precautions to remain safe”, said Darrell B. Mobley, Director of the Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T).

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1 Comment to “Area Prepares for Hurricane Joaquin”

  1. By DAK4Blizzard, October 3, 2015 @ 5:44 am

    At this point, the nor’easter is a much bigger threat than the hurricane. That’s not to say flooding isn’t a concern, but it is to say any sustained wind and rain from Joaquin will not impact us.

    If this was a couple days ago, I’d say we should be wary of Joaquin’s forecasted track, as we shouldn’t rely on models that vary significantly in their ensembles and base their track on events more than a couple days out. But the models have become much more aligned and the track is much more confident.

    I do understand that we want to be conservative and be prepared just in case. But Joaquin is forecasted to go so far out to sea as to be a potential threat to Bermuda. When hurricanes have a track that far east — the western edge of the track is 500 miles east of the coast — we don’t worry much about them, just as we don’t worry much about hurricanes in the middle of the Atlantic forecasted to remain well out to sea. It’s just that this hurricane has been an exception since a majority of models had originally called for it to hit the coast.

    I would prefer to see the focus remain on the flooding. I don’t want people to act on this information by spending time and resources preparing for a hurricane that won’t come. Again, I understand why Joaquin is being mentioned with respect to preparation and safety, but looking at the larger picture it can reinforce doubt, distrust and lack of communication regarding weather events and their associated risk.