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Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray declared a state of emergency for the city Aug. 26 as Hurricane Irene is expected to make landfall with high winds and heavy rainfall.

The city joins Maryland and Virginia, which have already declared their state of emergencies.

Irene, considered “an imminent threat to the health, safety and welfare of District residents that require emergency protective actions” by the Gray administration, is weaker than a Category 1 hurricane, but still remains a threat to the East Coast, AccuWeather reports. D.C. is expected to receive a three to six-inch rainfall with winds gusting up to 45 mph, according to the weather agency.

The declaration authorizes the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency to apply for financial assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other relief organizations.

Pepco said they are preparing for a “potential widespread power outages” this weekend. The electric company has recommended residents to not approach or attempt to move powers lines that are down. Instead, such residents should immediately report damage or outages to the call center at 1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662) or complete an outage report at


Erica Butler

AFRO Staff Writer