Mayor Muriel Bowser declares state of emergency for D.C. ahead of Florence


D.C. Mayor Bowser declared a state of emergency Tuesday in anticipation of the potential impact from Hurricane Florence.

“While we are monitoring potential impacts of Hurricane Florence on the District, we remain committed to keeping our residents safe, prepared, and informed,” Mayor Bowser state in a press release to ABC7. “I encourage all District residents and visitors to take this storm seriously and stay up to date on the latest emergency information, including signing up for our AlertDC messaging service.”

While the track of Hurricane Florence is still uncertain, it appears increasingly likely that D.C. may see significant impacts from the storm. Impacts include possible flooding, high winds, and potential storm surge.

In advance of Tropical Storm Florence, it’s advised to assemble an emergency kit including food, water, medications, pet supplies and important documents that are needed to take with you if asked to evacuate in short order. To learn more about what to include in your emergency kit and how to prepare for hurricanes, click here.

Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina already have declared states of emergency.

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