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Old 10-29-2012, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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The news seems to be trying to make it seem worse than it is. I just saw a correspondent in Gaithersburg interview a couple. He asked them why they were out and said he was surprised to see them. It's not even windy yet. Heck, they just showed a reporter at the beach and it wasn't bad. The anchors were talking about how sand had been blown up onto the boardwalk. I know it's supposed to be very windy later, but we're talking about going out for breakfast.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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Please post pictures when you can, folks. I am nervous for our tenants (who are from CA and have only been through earthquakes before, but not a hurricane) and our home.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:21 AM
 
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Please post pictures when you can, folks. I am nervous for our tenants (who are from CA and have only been through earthquakes before, but not a hurricane) and our home.
I'm from California and been through numerous earthquakes and no hurricanes yet...still, it's not like there's that much to prepare for. Stock up on food and water and batteries, and make arrangements so you don't have to go out for 2-3 days. What else can you really do? Not sure how being through numerous hurricanes would make my preparations any different.

Just a light rain so far. Breezy, but not bad winds.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Tysons Corner
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Please post pictures when you can, folks. I am nervous for our tenants (who are from CA and have only been through earthquakes before, but not a hurricane) and our home.
I would post the photos I got, but mostly it showed Tysons as a ghost town. No damage, no high winds. Some localized flooding but mostly from leaves blocking up storm drains. So if you live next to an inlet which is at a sump (ie both sides of the road come down to it) please try to clear away any obstructions from the inlet as these can become REALLY serious problems with multiple feet of standing water when obstructed.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Reston
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Sustained wind 22 mph at Dulles-

National Weather Service : Observed Weather for past 3 Days : Washington-Dulles International Airport

26 mph at National-

National Weather Service : Observed Weather for past 3 Days : Washington DC, Reagan National Airport
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Post offices are open and will be all day according to our local postmaster. .
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Saint Petersburg, FL
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Drove around to take some pictures here in Tysons. So far, Ive seen small thunderstorms that were more dangerous than current conditions. I still think applying the serious threat to the eastern shore, to somehow be an issue here in town is fear mongering. Low lying areas might flood... ok... when I was a kid those areas flooded all the time from snowmelts every other winter.

Key word CURRENT conditions. Those that think that the 40,50,60MPH winds are going to be confined to the eastern shore are mistaken. It may not be bad now, but this storm is also several hundred miles away off the coast of VA Beach / NC. Wait until it gets close to land fall and after, and we will ALL likely see conditions go way down hill, and stay there for a prolonged period. Its exactly that type of complacency that leads to people getting hurt or killed.

Part of the OC pier is now gone (I heard / read its about 100 feet of it) and the storm is still not even passing OC MD yet. I don't think this is fear mongering, I think it is warranted. I have studied meteorology for most of my life, the computer models for this event are verifying so far. This is a very different situation than just a cat1 hurricane only, which would more than likely confine the more powerful affects to the bay and points east. The breadth of this storm is unprecedented. As I said, it is probable that the storm will even strengthen for a time after land fall due to the unique conditions at play in our atmosphere.

Hope everyone stays safe. If you must be out today, you will likely want to plan to wrap your day up as early as possible. DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH flooding! Just don't do it. Find another way.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Saint Petersburg, FL
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OMG! That is HILARIOUS!!!! LMAO!!!!
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:50 AM
 
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Capitol Weather Gang had this link for a wind map, Wind Map. Very interesting. Apparently half the fishing pier at Ocean City is already gone, and it hasn't even come to shore yet.
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