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Remembering The Marlatt Sisters

CLARKSVILLE, Maryland (WUSA)-- "I told them to get into the car and get out of here before the storm hit. Because it just looked like a storm to us," says Patrick Marlatt describing the worst day of his life.  September 24, 2001.  "I walked back into the building. The tornado hit the back of the building. I was imbedded in the debris. And the building was gone."

Marlatt is describing the F-3 tornado that ripped through the University of Maryland, College Park.  With winds approaching 200 miles per hour, it showed no mercy.

"I asked this colleague of mine to check the parking lot and to see if their car was in the parking lot. And she did and she said no. It's gone," says Marlatt.  "So I figured, gosh, they got out."

If only that were the case. Patrick and Patricia Marlatt lost both their girls.  Twenty-three year old Colleen and 20-year-old Erin.

Prince George's County, Md. Roads Closed

UPPER MARLBORO (WUSA) -- Prince George's County has 12 roads and 2 state roads closed due to the recent rain from Tropical Depression Lee. High water and accidents were reported on Maryland roads Wednesday afternoon, and rail service was delayed.

The Prince George's County Department of Public Works & Transportation says the following County roads are closed as of 10:30 p.m. (they do not include roads where high water warning signs have been placed):

FEMA chief: Stay at home in Irene's wake

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the nation's emergency response agency says people shouldn't underestimate the danger once Hurricane Irene passes.

Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Craig Fugate says flooding, weakened trees and downed power lines pose a danger even after the storm moves north up the Atlantic Coast.

Fugate is urging people not to drive around and sightsee after the storm has passed through their areas. His advice: Stay inside, stay off the roads, and let the power crews do their job.

Fugate made the round of the Sunday talk shows as the storm moved through New York City and the Northeast.

Local Twitter Trend Map

Local Twitter Trend Map

The D.C. Metro area is clearly thinking about the strength of Hurricane Irene...just look at this Twitter trend map of the area.

Current BGE Power Outages=526

Current BGE Power Outages=526

As Hurricane Irene approaches, check to see if there are power outages in your county.

Currently there are 526 BGE customers without power.

Prince George's County : 45

Baltimore City: 404


Calvert County: 6

Carroll County: 4

Harford County:1


Click here for a map of BGE's outages.


Here is a handy guide for contact numbers if you have a power outage.


1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662)

Report downed wires and life-threatening emergencies:

1-877-Pepco-62 (1-877-737-2662) and press two.

TTY: 202-872-2369


1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357)



How Hurricane Irene is Affecting States

How Hurricane Irene is Affecting States

Here is a state-by-state glance on how Hurricane Irene is affecting states along the Eastern Seaboard as of Saturday, August 27th:


   -- Irene predicted to make landfall Sunday somewhere between New Jersey and Cape Cod. Storm's track forecast through central parts of Connecticut.

   -- Hurricane warning for coast.

   -- No mandatory evacuations.

   -- Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991.

   -- Irene likely to cause prolonged power outages and flooding in low-lying areas along the shoreline.

   -- President Barack Obama and governor declared state of emergency. National Guard mobilized.


   -- Hurricane warning statewide.

   -- Flood watch in effect.

   -- Storm center to pass near the New Jersey/Delaware coast around 8 a.m. Sunday.

Pepco Prepares for Hurricane Irene

Pepco is closely monitoring the approach of Hurricane Irene, which could strike the Pepco service territory early Saturday.  Weather services are predicting that the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area will experience heavy rain and high winds over a sustained period this weekend, which could cause widespread and extended power outages. The subsequent restoration could be a multi-day event.  Pepco has initiated its Incident Response Plan and is strongly urging customers to prepare for the possibility of outages.