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New “Destructive” Severe Thunderstorm Warning Category to Trigger Wireless Emergency Alerts on Mobile Phones

New “Destructive” Severe Thunderstorm Warning Category to Trigger Wireless Emergency Alerts on Mobile Phones

Severe thunderstorms can be life-threatening, but not all severe storms are the same. Hazardous conditions range from tornadoes, large hail storms, and widespread straight-line winds called derechoes, to cloud-to-ground lightning and flash flooding. Starting August 2, the National Weather Service will better convey the severity and potential impacts from thunderstorm winds and hail by...
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Heat Advisory in Effect for Saturday, July 17, 2021

Heat Advisory in Effect for Saturday, July 17, 2021

A Heat Advisory Alert in effect from noon to 8pm on Saturday July 17th. Heat index values up to 107 expected, in Calvert, Prince Georges, Anne Arundel, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young...
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Using a Generator Safely During a Power Outage

Using a Generator Safely During a Power Outage

Using alternative sources of power, such as a generator, can cause carbon monoxide (CO) to build up in a home and poison the people and animals inside. Never use a generator inside an enclosed space, inside your home, basement or an attached garage, as carbon monoxide fumes can build up. Every year, at least...
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St. Mary’s County Has Declared a State of Emergency in Advance of Tropical Storm Elsa

St. Mary’s County Has Declared a State  of Emergency in Advance of Tropical Storm Elsa

Due to the potential effects of Tropical Storm Elsa, St. Mary’s County Commissioner President James R. Guy has declared a local State of Emergency effective at noon, Thursday, July, 8, 2021, for seven days to expire July 13, 2021. The State of Emergency declaration authorizes the Commissioner President “to take such measures as necessary...
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Sandbags Available to Help Calvert County Residents Protect Property

Sandbags Available to Help Calvert County Residents Protect Property

Due to predicted heavy rainfall and possible flooding conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Elsa, sand and sandbags are available for Calvert County residents who need them to protect property. Sandbags will be available Thursday, July 8 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Stafford Road Salt Dome, located at 335 Stafford Road in...
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Flash Flood Watch Issued, Self Service Sandbags Available for St. Mary’s County Citizens

Flash Flood Watch Issued, Self Service Sandbags Available for St. Mary’s County Citizens

St. Mary’s County will offer self-service sandbags Thursday, July 8, 2021, for citizens wishing to prepare. Sandbags will be available Thursday, July 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the following St. Mary’s County Convenience Center locations: Charlotte Hall – 37766 New Market Turner Road Oakville – 26630 North Sandgates Road Clements –...
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Severe Thunderstorm Watch Activated for Southern Maryland Until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, July 1, 2021

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Activated for Southern Maryland Until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, July 1, 2021

The National Weather Service has posted a Severe Thunderstorm watch as of 12:40 p.m., on Thursday, July 1, 2021, until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 1, 2021., for St. Mary’s, Calvert, Charles, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s County, Montgomery, Talbot, Somerset, Kent, Howard, Dorchester, Carroll, Cecil, Caroline, and Harford Counties.
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NAS Patuxent River Updates Health Protection Condition Alpha, Expands Base Access and Programs

NAS Patuxent River Updates Health Protection Condition Alpha, Expands Base Access and Programs

Naval Air Station announced June 25 that the installation is now in Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Alpha. Commanders and public health personnel use HPCON levels to guide specific actions personnel can take in response to a health threat. While it’s always important to prevent the spread of germs, there are additional steps you can...
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Southern Maryland Weather Alert for June 10, 2021

Southern Maryland Weather Alert for June 10, 2021

Because of the slow motion and ample moisture in the atmosphere, storms may drop 2 to 4 inches of rain in a short period of time, resulting in flash flooding. Please be aware of weather changes in your area, listen to updates from your local weather outlets, and stay safe! Flash Flood Watch in...
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National Weather Service Issues Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and Watch for Southern Maryland

National Weather Service Issues Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and Watch for Southern Maryland

On Friday, June 4, 2021, at 1:00 p.m., the National Weather service issued the following weather updates. Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 9:00 p.m. for CALVERT, CHARLES, ST. MARYS Severe Thunderstorm Warning Southern Prince Georges County, Northwestern Charles County until 1:45 p.m. At 1250 EST, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from Lincolnia...
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Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins June 1, 2021

Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins June 1, 2021

This year’s Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1, 2021, and goes through Nov. 30, 2021. Being aware and being prepared can make a significant difference in an emergency. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. For 2021, a likely range of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph...
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After Storm and High Winds in St. Mary’s County Cause Damage, National Weather Service Says Not from a Tornado

After Storm and High Winds in St. Mary’s County Cause Damage, National Weather Service Says Not from a Tornado

On Thursday, April 22, 2021, a team from NOAA/NWS Baltimore/Washington Weather Forecast Office surveyed storm damage from storms near the town of Clements in St. Mary`s County MD, that occurred Wednesday, April 21, 2021. The team found scattered-to-numerous instances of damage to trees and structures over a path of several miles. Hardwood trees were...
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Severe Thunderstorm Warning in Effect for St. Mary’s and Calvert County

Severe Thunderstorm Warning in Effect for St. Mary’s and Calvert County

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Northwestern St. Mary’s County, and Central Charles County until 1:30 p.m. At 12:43 p.m., a severe thunderstorm was located near Nanjemoy Creek, moving northeast at 45 mph. HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail. IMPACT…Damaging winds will cause some trees and large...
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Severe Thunderstorm Warning in Effect for Southern Maryland

Severe Thunderstorm Warning in Effect for Southern Maryland

The National Weather Service in Sterling Virginia has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Anne Arundel County, St. Mary’s County, Calvert County, Southeastern Prince George’s, and Eastern Charles County until 8:00 p.m. Severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Waldorf to near Colonial Beach, moving east at 45 mph. HAZARD…60 mph...
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NAS Patuxent River Operating Under Two-Hour Delayed Arrival Thursday, February 18, 2021, Due to Weather

NAS Patuxent River Operating Under Two-Hour Delayed Arrival Thursday, February 18, 2021, Due to Weather

NAS Patuxent River is open on a 2-hour delayed arrival schedule for Thursday, February 18, 2021 due to inclement weather. Critical personnel must report to work as previously scheduled. Civil service employees designated as non-critical who choose to report to work will be granted admin leave for the hours before the set delayed arrival...
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Ice Storm Warning Issued for St. Mary’s County, Residents Urged to Prepare

Ice Storm Warning Issued for St. Mary’s County, Residents Urged to Prepare

The National Weather Service has issued an Ice Storm Warning for St. Mary’s County from 1 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, to 7 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021. Significant icing from freezing rain is predicted. Total sleet accumulations of less than 1 inch and ice accumulations of one-quarter to one-half of an inch are...
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NAS Patuxent River Operating Under Two-Hour Delayed Arrival on Friday, February 12, 2021, Due to Inclement Weather

NAS Patuxent River Operating Under Two-Hour Delayed Arrival on Friday, February 12, 2021, Due to Inclement Weather

Critical personnel must report to work as previously scheduled. Civil service employees designated as non-critical who choose to report to work will be granted admin leave for the hours before the set delayed arrival time. Civil service employees may take a combination of unscheduled leave, telework and/or leave without pay (LWOP) for the entire...
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Southern Maryland Under Winter Storm Watch Until Sunday, February 7, 2021

Southern Maryland Under Winter Storm Watch Until Sunday, February 7, 2021

The National Weather Service has placed Washington D.C., Prince George’s County, Anne Arundel, Charles, St. Mary’s, and Calvert, under a Winter Storm Watch until Sunday, February 7, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. First Responders throughout our area responded to over 30 motor vehicle collisions with injuries, one fatal, and three serious crashed during last weeks...
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Winter Storm Warning for St. Mary’s and Calvert County

Winter Storm Warning for St. Mary’s and Calvert County

A winter storm warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for St. Mary’s County for Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, from 4 a.m. until 7 p.m. Heavy snow is expected with an accumulation of  3 to 6 inches. Snow will begin between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. falling steadily through midday Sunday. Snow...
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National Weather Service Advises of Possible Hazardous Weather Conditions for Southern Maryland

National Weather Service Advises of Possible Hazardous Weather Conditions for Southern Maryland

Scattered snow showers and flurries have overspread the region, and will linger into the early morning. No significant accumulations are expected, but a light dusting is possible. In addition, wet roads may re-freeze as temperatures fall through the early morning hours. Anyone venturing out early this morning should use caution and assume any surfaces...
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Maryland Announces Statewide Efforts to Prepare for Heavy Snowfall, Adverse Conditions; Marylanders Urged to Exercise Caution

Maryland Announces Statewide Efforts to Prepare for Heavy Snowfall, Adverse Conditions; Marylanders Urged to Exercise Caution

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the State of Maryland has activated a government-wide response to prepare for heavy snowfall and other severe conditions anticipated on Wednesday and Thursday. A winter storm warning is in effect in Allegany, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, and Washington counties. A winter storm watch is in effect in Baltimore, Cecil, Harford, Howard,...
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First Responders Remind Citizens to Prepare for Colder Weather with These Winter Safety Tips

First Responders Remind Citizens to Prepare for Colder Weather with These Winter Safety Tips

Heating – According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), heating is the second leading cause of U.S. home fires, deaths and injuries. December, January and February are the peak months for heating fires. Space heaters are the type of equipment most often involved in home heating equipment fires, figuring in two of every...
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Commissioners Establish Emergency Snow Routes in St. Mary’s County

Commissioners Establish Emergency Snow Routes in St. Mary’s County

During their Nov. 3, 2020 meeting, the Commissioners approved Resolution No. 2020-46, establishing emergency snow routes for St. Mary’s County. When the Commissioner President has declared a snow emergency, the law prohibits the parking or abandonment of a vehicle on designated snow routes for the weather event duration. This resolution allows for the safe...
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Self Service Sandbags Available for St. Mary’s County Citizens Starting Friday, October 9, in Preparation for Hurricane Delta

Self Service Sandbags Available for St. Mary’s County Citizens Starting Friday, October 9, in Preparation for Hurricane Delta

Self-service sandbags will be available Friday, October 9, 2020, for citizens wishing to prepare for possible flooding conditions due to Hurricane Delta. Sandbags will be available Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the following convenience center locations: Charlotte Hall – 37766 New Market Turner Road Oakville – 26630 North Sandgates Road Clements...
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St. Mary’s County High School Campuses now Equipped with Lightning Detection Systems

St. Mary’s County High School Campuses now Equipped with Lightning Detection Systems

St. Mary’s County Public High Schools are now equipped with Lightning Detection Equipment at each of our three high schools. The lightning detection equipment includes an alert siren and visual strobe. When lightning is detected within 10 miles of each high school campus the alert siren and visual strobe will activate. After 30 minutes...
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