Irene arrives in Northern Virginia
It’s been a wet and breezy day here in Reston, with rains increasing recently; Flash Flood Warnings have been posted for much of the area (though Reston is left out of the polygon for now). Haven’t had any issues with power disruptions or any other weather-related issues thus far.
Rains have been generally moderate and steady; Irene’s interaction with the trough seems to have affected banding pretty considerably. Rains have recently picked up here and this rainfall rate may be here to stay. I suspect additional Flash Flood Warnings will be raised further west as time goes on.
I’m on the second floor of a very sturdy structure that seems resistant to power interruption (have only lost power once in 4+ months of living here) so I am confident that we’ll be fine. Will periodically update as Irene gets closer; its center is about to emerge back into the Atlantic, which should help it maintain Category 1 hurricane strength through landfall on Long Island.