Hurricane Irene could bring a stormy weekend to Bel Air

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Hurricane Irene looks like it could bring us a stormy weekend here in Bel Air. The latest forecast from the National Weather Service calls for a pleasant day with highs in the 80s Friday, followed by showers and thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday. The area is under a flash flood watch and “Hazardous Weather Outlook.”

The latest hurricane forecasts are showing a trajectory that takes to the storm up the East Coast and through an area that looks to bring us some of its stormy weather. The www.delawareonline.com website is reporting that the “newly updated National HurricaneCenter track for Hurricane Irene now shows the storm center raking the Delaware and Maryland coastline early Sunday as a Category 2 storm, potentially making it the state’s closest pass by a full-force hurricane.”

The Harford County Division of Emergency Operations has an official hurricane guide to help residents prepare for and weather a storm. Click here to see the document: http://www.harfordpublicsafety.org/Download/1410.pdf

According to a report in The Baltimore Sun: “The Town of Ocean City enacted Phase I of its emergency plan, asking beachgoers and vacationers to postpone any trips to the beach until the situation improves.”

Travelers are asked to check with their airline for flight information before heading to the airport or check BWI Marshall Airport’s website at http://www.BWIairport.com.

Here’s the latest National Weather Service forecast for our area:

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 85. North wind between 5 and 8 mph becoming calm.

Friday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Light east wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Cloudy, with a high near 80. East wind between 3 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Saturday Night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Low around 69. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Sunday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 8am, then showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 8am and 2pm. High near 74. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Sunday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy and windy, with a low around 62. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.