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Charles County Public Schools Bus Service Limited in Some Areas

Charles County Public Schools Bus Service Limited in Some Areas

All Charles County public schools are opening on time today, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. Bus service will not be available on the following roads: Pomfret Road Turkey Hill Road Livingston Road between Hawthorne and Pomfret roads Billingsley Road from Livingston Road to Dutton’s Bridge (Maintenance Place)C Call the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) transportation...
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Charles County Public Schools Opening Two Hours Late Today, Monday, Feb, 5, 2018

Charles County Public Schools Opening Two Hours Late Today, Monday, Feb, 5, 2018

Good morning. Due to inclement weather conditions, all Charles County public schools are opening two hours late today, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. There is a code two for staff who follow the code system. All morning prekindergarten classes are canceled. The AlphaBest program at county elementary schools opens at 8 a.m. today.  Charles County Public...
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Warming Centers Available in Southern Maryland

Warming Centers Available in Southern Maryland

The following Warming Centers are open in Southern Maryland during hours of operation if needed.
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Snow Removal: What You Can Expect When it Snows in Charles County

Snow Removal: What You Can Expect When it Snows in Charles County

When it snows, County and contract forces concentrate on keeping primary County roads and major residential neighborhood streets passable. These roads are cleared down to bare pavement as soon as possible after a storm is over. Plowing generally begins when snow becomes 1 to 3 inches deep and the temperature indicates there will be...
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Water Main Break to Close Leonardtown Library

Water Main Break to Close Leonardtown Library

The Leonardtown branch of the St. Mary’s County Library will close at 11 a.m. and remain closed until further notice due to a water main break. Patrons with questions can contact the Library locations in Charlotte Hall at 301-884-2211 or Lexington Park at 301-863-8188.
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Winter Weather Advisory is in Effect Tonight, for St. Mary’s and Calvert Counties

Winter Weather Advisory is in Effect Tonight, for St. Mary’s and Calvert Counties

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 10 p.m. this evening until 11 a.m. Thursday. WHAT: Snow is expected. Plan on slippery road conditions, including during the morning commute on Thursday. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are expected. WHERE: St. Mary’s and Calvert counties. ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Very cold conditions mean...
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With Cold Temperatures Arriving Citizens are Encouraged to Prepare

With Cold Temperatures Arriving Citizens are Encouraged to Prepare

The coldest air of the season will arrive this weekend with bitterly cold wind chills of 5 below zero late Sunday into Monday and forecasted below 32 degrees all next week. The Department of Emergency Services would like to remind citizens to prepare for the unseasonably cold weather. During Extreme Cold: Check on your...
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Maryland State Highway Administration Pre-treating Roads in Advance of Winter Storm

Maryland State Highway Administration Pre-treating Roads in Advance of Winter Storm

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is pre-treating roads in advance of a storm that is forecast to affect the region later today. Midday drivers are encouraged to provide pre-treating trucks ample room to effectively pre-treat the highways. “This storm is forecast to arrive at the worst possible time –...
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St. Mary’s County Government Operational Status for December 8 – 9

St. Mary’s County Government Operational Status for December 8 – 9

Due to the potential impact of the approaching winter storm, the St. Mary’s County Public Schools’ evening activities on Friday, December 8, beginning or ongoing after 6 p.m. are cancelled. All activities and events scheduled to occur on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10, are cancelled. All schools and facilities will be closed....
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Residents Encouraged to Prepare for Winter Season

Residents Encouraged to Prepare for Winter Season

A winter weather advisory is in effect for Charles County from midnight tonight, Friday, Dec. 8 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9.  The Department of Emergency Services encourages residents to take steps to prepare. Your home: • Winterize your home by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows.  This includes structures...
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Winter Weather Advisory in Effect for Southern Maryland

Winter Weather Advisory in Effect for Southern Maryland

Winter Weather Advisory in Effect from midnight tonight (12/8/2107) to 4:00 p.m., Saturday December 9, 2017. WHAT: Snow expected. Plan on slippery road conditions. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are expected. Locally higher amounts are possible. WHERE: The I-95 corridor from northeastern Maryland to near Fredericksburg Virginia, including the Washington DC...
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Calvert County Public Safety Department Offers Hurricane Preparedness Tips

Calvert County Public Safety Department Offers Hurricane Preparedness Tips

While the impact from Hurricane Irma on Calvert County and the state of Maryland is still uncertain, the Calvert County Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Management reminds residents the time to prepare for the storm is now. The Atlantic hurricane season lasts through November and residents can be “weather ready” by considering...
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National Weather Service has Issued a Tornado Warning for Parts of Southern St. Mary’s County

National Weather Service has Issued a Tornado Warning for Parts of Southern St. Mary’s County

A Tornado Warning has been issued for parts of St. Mary’s County, including Saint George Island MD, Scotland MD until 3:45 p.m.
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Sandbag Distribution Available Today for Charles County Residents

Sandbag Distribution Available Today for Charles County Residents

Due to the National Weather Service forecast, the Charles County Department of Emergency Services is providing sandbags to county residents who need them to protect property. Sandbags and sand will be available today, Friday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents can pick up empty sandbags at the Department of Emergency Services...
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Cooling Centers Available in Charles County During Summer Months

Cooling Centers Available in Charles County During Summer Months

As the summer heat begins, it is important to stay cool and hydrated. When the National Weather issues a Heat Advisory, Excessive Heat Watch, Excessive Heat Warning, or Air Quality Alert of Orange or greater, the following public buildings are open during regular business hours for use by residents: Capital Clubhouse (Monday through Sunday, 9...
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Cooling Centers Available in Calvert County During Sweltering Temperatures

Cooling Centers Available in Calvert County During Sweltering Temperatures

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for later this week as temperatures are expected to exceed 105 degrees. The Calvert County Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Management reminds citizens there are several places in Calvert County to visit if they need to cool off. The county’s community centers...
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As Temperatures Soar Cooling Centers will be Available in St. Mary’s County

As Temperatures Soar Cooling Centers will be Available in St. Mary’s County

With temperatures expected to climb into the mid 90’s and heat indexes possibly exceeding 105 degrees across the region Wednesday and Thursday, the Department of Emergency Services and Technology is encouraging citizens to prepare. Drink fluid daily to prevent dehydration. Water, fruit juices and juice drinks are the best choices. Avoid alcohol and caffeine...
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Drivers Urged to Use Caution for Potential Hazardous Weather this Afternoon

Drivers Urged to Use Caution for Potential Hazardous Weather this Afternoon

The National Weather Service warned that this week’s excessive heat could lead to isolated storms that could cause flash flooding in the Baltimore-Washington region this afternoon and into the evening. These storms, which many areas experienced Monday afternoon, develop rapidly and can produce, locally, significant rain fall.  Additionally, severe weather could cause fallen trees/limbs,...
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Keep Pets Safe During Sweltering Temperatures

Keep Pets Safe During Sweltering Temperatures

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for today with temperatures in the mid to upper 90s and a heat index value of around 105 degrees. The Calvert County Department of Public Safety Division of Animal Control reminds citizens to take steps to keep their pets safe when temperatures are soaring. “Our...
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Flash Flood Warning Issued for Southern Maryland

Flash Flood Warning Issued for Southern Maryland

The National Weather Service in Sterling Virginia has issued a Flash Flood Warning for St. Mary’s County, Calvert County and Central Charles County. Until 1100 AM EDT At 8:02 a.m., Doppler radar indicated heavy rain across the area. Up to two inches of rain have already fallen. Additional rainfall amounts of up to two...
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Charles County Cooling Centers Available During Summer Months

Charles County Cooling Centers Available During Summer Months

As the summer heat begins, it is important to stay cool and hydrated. When the National Weather issues a Heat Advisory, Excessive Heat Watch, Excessive Heat Warning, or Air Quality Alert of Orange or greater, the following public buildings are open during regular business hours for use by residents: Capital Clubhouse (Monday through Sunday,...
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2017 Hurricane Season Begins This Week

2017 Hurricane Season Begins This Week

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and continues until November 30. The St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services & Technology, Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) have once again teamed up to promote citizen awareness and preparedness. Most hurricane-like weather is seen between mid-August and late...
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Hurricane Season Begins June 1: Are You Prepared?

Hurricane Season Begins June 1: Are You Prepared?

Maryland Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 7-13 this year. Prepare for the Atlantic hurricane season that begins June 1 and lasts until Nov. 30.  Hurricane hazards come in many forms: storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding.  Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. Take the time today to ensure...
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National Weather Service Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook

National Weather Service Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook

National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC, issued the following: There is an enhanced risk of severe thunderstorms across the entire area late this afternoon into this evening. Scattered severe thunderstorms with damaging winds, large hail and a few tornadoes are possible. The best chance for severe weather is between 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m....
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Spring Marks the Start of Tornado Season

Spring Marks the Start of Tornado Season

Now that tornado season is here, SMNEWSNET.com encourages residents to be prepared.  Tornadoes are violent by nature and capable of completely destroying well-made structures, uprooting trees and hurling objects like deadly missiles.  A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300...
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