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National Weather Service Confirms EF-0 Tornado in Mechanicsville on Wednesday, June 8, 2022

National Weather Service Confirms EF-0 Tornado in Mechanicsville on Wednesday, June 8, 2022

NWS damage survey for Mechanicsville, MD – Tornado event on June 8, 2022. Rating: EF-0 Estimated peak wind: 85 mph Path length /statute/: 3.3 miles Path width /maximum/: 75 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start date: Wednesday, June 8 2022 at 8:42 p.m., start location: 2 SE Mechanicsville in St. Mary’s County, end time...
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UPDATE: Severe Weather in Southern Maryland Causes Power Outages and Damage

UPDATE: Severe Weather in Southern Maryland Causes Power Outages and Damage

UPDATE @ 10:10 p.m., Multiple SMECO crews have restored most power throughout the region. As of 10:10 p.m., approximately 1,658 customers are still without power. 6/8/2022 @ 8:55 p.m., over 10,000 customers are currently without power – SMECO crews are working on restoring multiple outages, and firefighters in Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s are...
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National Weather Service Confirms EF-1 Tornado Travelled Through St. Mary’s and Charles County on Friday, May 27, 2022

National Weather Service Confirms EF-1 Tornado Travelled Through St. Mary’s and Charles County on Friday, May 27, 2022

The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 Tornado travelled 4.16 miles through Charlotte Hall, MD, and Benedict, MD. A damage survey for 05/27/2022 tornado in Charlotte Hall, MD. Rating: EF-1 Estimated peak wind: 90 mph Path length /statute/: 4.16 miles Path width /maximum/: 100 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start date: Friday, May,...
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Charles County Commissioners Adopt Fiscal 2023 Budget of $494 Million

Charles County Commissioners Adopt Fiscal 2023 Budget of $494 Million

On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, the Board of County Commissioners adopted a balanced General Fund budget of $494,446,200, an increase of 9.8 percent over last year. The adopted budget provides historic funding for Charles County Public Schools, makes critical investments in core programs and services, record-level investments in public safety, and does not increase...
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Southern Maryland Under Severe Weather Warnings for Monday, May 16, and Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Southern Maryland Under Severe Weather Warnings for Monday, May 16, and Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Updates will be provided throughout the day on this article. The risk of severe thunderstorms over much of our region today is ENHANCED (level 3 of 5). Damaging winds appear to be the primary threat, but hail, a few tornadoes, & flooding are also possible. Remain alert for rapidly changing weather conditions late this...
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St. Mary’s County Government Announces Changes to Operations Due to Impending Weather

St. Mary’s County Government Announces Changes to Operations Due to Impending Weather

Due to impending winter weather conditions for Friday, Jan. 28, and Saturday, Jan. 29, St. Mary’ County Government announces the following changes to operations: All Department of Recreation and Parks facilities, services and programs will close Friday, Jan. 28, effective 4 p.m., and remain closed Saturday, Jan. 29. The St. Andrews Landfill and all...
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Charles County Public Schools Updates Current School Year Calendar, Period End Date for Students

Charles County Public Schools Updates Current School Year Calendar, Period End Date for Students

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has made updates to the current school year calendar, including a marking period date change and the addition of early dismissal days to support staff. The end of the second marking period for students moves from Wednesday, Jan. 19, to Wednesday, Jan. 26. Students missed four days of school...
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SMECO January 7, 2021 Update – Power Restoration to be Completed by Saturday!

SMECO January 7, 2021 Update – Power Restoration to be Completed by Saturday!

As of 2:30 p.m. Friday, January 7, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) has nearly all of its crews and contractors working in the Nanjemoy, Grayton, and Indian Head areas of Charles County. According to SMECO spokesperson Tom Dennison, “We had restored electric service to everyone in Calvert, Prince George’s, and St. Mary’s counties, but...
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NAS Patuxent River Operating Under Two-Hour Delayed Arrival Status Due to Weather

NAS Patuxent River Operating Under Two-Hour Delayed Arrival Status Due to Weather

NAS Patuxent River has announced it will be open on a 2-hour delayed arrival schedule Friday, January 7, 2022. Critical personnel must report to work as previously scheduled; Critical Personnel are designated as those performing duties that are critical to the operations of security, emergency management, medical facilities, public safety, and other crucial operations....
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Snow Emergency Plan Activated for St. Mary’s County and Calvert County

Snow Emergency Plan Activated for St. Mary’s County and Calvert County

The Maryland State Police has activated the Snow Emergency Plan for Calvert County effective at 0300 hours on 1/7/2022. The Snow Emergency Plan for St. Mary’s County has been placed into effect on January 7, 2022 at 0330 hours. The quick accumulation of snow was the main factor in implementing the plan. Road conditions...
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School/Government Delays and Closures for Friday, January 7, 2022

School/Government Delays and Closures for Friday, January 7, 2022

Due to inclement weather conditions the following closures and delays have been announced for Friday, January 7, 2022. Check back for updates. St. Mary’s County St. Mary’s County Public Schools: All SMCPS Schools have a delayed opening of two hours on Friday, January 7, 2022.AM Pre-Kindergarten and AM Head Start students will not have school....
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St. Mary’s County Fire and EMS Departments Respond to 179 Call of Service on January 3, 2022

St. Mary’s County Fire and EMS Departments Respond to 179 Call of Service on January 3, 2022

St. Mary’s County Fire and EMS Departments had 179 total calls for service on January 3, 2022 Mechanicsville VFD responded to 69 total incidents on January 3, 2022 Attached is a photo showing the call volume for January 3rd. The blue highlighted section is the Mechanicsville VFD first due response area. Mechanicsville VFD also...
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State Highway Administration Prepares for Next Round of Winter Weather in Maryland

State Highway Administration Prepares for Next Round of Winter Weather in Maryland

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is preparing for the next round of winter weather poised to affect the state. The current timing of this storm is anticipated to influence both the Thursday evening and Friday morning commutes. Motorists are encouraged to telework if possible or reschedule/cancel their commute to...
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UPDATE: SMECO Continues Power Restoration & Nears Completion

UPDATE: SMECO Continues Power Restoration & Nears Completion

As of 9 p.m. Thursday, January 6, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) has substantially completed power restoration in Calvert, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties. Remaining outages in Charles County are expected to be addressed by Friday evening. Tom Dennison, SMECO spokesperson, said, “We are winding down and restoring service to the remaining customers...
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Winter Weather Advisory in Effect from Thursday Afternoon to Friday Morning

Winter Weather Advisory in Effect from Thursday Afternoon to Friday Morning

The National Weather Service has placed Southern Maryland under a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from Thursday, January 6, 2022, from 3:00 p.m., to Friday, Jan.7 at 10:00 a.m. WHAT…Snow. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches. Isolated higher amounts of around 5 inches are possible. WHERE…In Maryland, St. Marys County. In Virginia,...
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St. Mary’s County Public Schools Delayed 2-Hour Opening on Wednesday, January 5, 2022.

St. Mary’s County Public Schools Delayed 2-Hour Opening on Wednesday, January 5, 2022.

Schools Two Hour Delay: All SMCPS Schools have a delayed opening of two hours on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. AM Pre-Kindergarten and AM Head Start students will not have school. There will be classes for PM Pre-Kindergarten and PM Head Start students. Employee Code 5: St. Mary’s County Public Schools have a delayed opening...
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Charles County Government Closed on Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Charles County Government Closed on Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Due to inclement weather, Charles County Government will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 4. Essential personnel and employees required to maintain operations during inclement weather are to report to work as scheduled. On Tuesday morning, county staff will assess the number of power outages and online accessibility to the Board of Commissioners virtual Public Hearing...
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National Weather Service Hazardous Weather Outlook for Tuesday, January 4, to Friday, January 7, 2022

National Weather Service Hazardous Weather Outlook for Tuesday, January 4, to Friday, January 7, 2022

National Weather Service has posted a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay, Tidal Potomac River, and I-95 corridor through central Maryland, northern Virginia, and District of Columbia. DAY ONE…Today, on Tuesday January 4, 2022, and tonight Cold temperatures tonight will cause any melted snow to refreeze on all untreated surfaces....
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CSM Closes Campuses and Cancels In-Person Classes Monday, Jan. 3, 2022; Online/Remote Classes Held as Scheduled

CSM Closes Campuses and Cancels In-Person Classes Monday, Jan. 3, 2022; Online/Remote Classes Held as Scheduled

All campuses of the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) will close Monday, Jan. 3, 2022 due to impending inclement weather and potentially hazardous driving conditions. In addition, in-person classes have been cancelled. Online classes and online services will be held, and available, as scheduled. Any changes to online classes will be communicated through the...
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Governor Hogan Provides Update on Statewide Preparations for Winter Storm

Governor Hogan Provides Update on Statewide Preparations for Winter Storm

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the State of Maryland has activated a government-wide response to prepare for an incoming winter storm that could have a significant impact on roads and transportation systems. At this time, most of the state is under winter weather advisories and warnings, and the National Weather Service has expanded...
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Winter Storm Warning in Effect for Southern Maryland on Monday, January 3, 2021

Winter Storm Warning in Effect for Southern Maryland on Monday, January 3, 2021

Winter Weather Warning is in effect for Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties from 1:00 a.m., Monday morning through 1:00 p.m., Monday afternoon. WHAT…Heavy snow. Snow accumulations of 5 to 7 inches. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph. * WHERE…Portions of southern Maryland and central and northern Virginia. * WHEN…From 1 AM to...
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Governor Hogan Declares State of Emergency for Counties Affected by Severe Weather, Tidal and Coastal Flooding

Governor Hogan Declares State of Emergency for Counties Affected by Severe Weather, Tidal and Coastal Flooding

Governor Larry Hogan today declared a state of emergency for areas of Maryland along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, the Potomac River, and the Atlantic Coast currently under a Coastal Flood Warning from the National Weather Service and therefore at risk of severe tidal and coastal flooding. The state of emergency declaration includes Baltimore City and the...
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Weather Closings and Cancellations for St. Mary’s County

Weather Closings and Cancellations for St. Mary’s County

The National Weather Service has issued a Coast Flood Warning through Sunday, Oct. 31, at 2 a.m. and a High Wind Warning through Friday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. for St. Mary’s County. Two to 3 feet of inundation above ground level in low-lying areas is possible due to tidal flooding and winds from...
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Sandbags for Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s County Residents

Sandbags for Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s County Residents

CHARLES COUNTY: The following locations have either sandbags and/or sand: Bryans Road Building Supply – 3060 Livingston Road, Bryans Road, MD 20616 – (301) 283-6081 They have empty sandbags and full sandbags available. A.G. Hungerford – 12165 Rock Point Road, Newburg, MD 20664 – (301) 259-2540 They have empty sandbags but also carry play...
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First Responders and National Weather Service Urges Citizens to Stay Safe While Our Region is Impacted by Inclement Weather

First Responders and National Weather Service Urges Citizens to Stay Safe While Our Region is Impacted by Inclement Weather

The National Weather Service says “One of the biggest tidal flood events of the past 10-20 years (possibly since Hurricane Isabel at some locales), is expected Friday & Saturday. Those along tidal shores should get ready for exceptional tidal inundation! Tidal forecasts here: https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/forecasts.php?wfo=lwx During the last inclement weather that impacted the Charles, Calvert...
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