Sept. 23, 5:20 p.m.
According to a social media post from the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, a flood watch was issued for the county from 8 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday.
Sept. 23, 2:15 p.m.
Montgomery County announced that they are canceling their annual Friendship Picnic, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 24, due to the forecasted storm. The picnic was set to be held at Wheaton Regional Park from noon to 5 p.m.
Sept. 23, 11:45 a.m.
According to a social media post from the Maryland Department of Emergency Management (MDEM), Gov. Wes Moore has declared a state of emergency.
The MDEM posted on X, formerly Twitter, that “Motorists ARE NOT prohibited from driving at this time. However, we are advising residents to avoid driving or being out during the storm. If you must drive and cannot change your plans, please be extra cautious.”
Sept. 22, 4:42 p.m.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a wind advisory for many areas in the DMV, including Montgomery County, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday.
In the alert, NWS said that it expects northeast winds ranging from 20-30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph, and as a result: “gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects,” and “tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.”
These wind conditions, which will be accompanied by heavy rain and storm surge, will be brought by Tropical Storm Ophelia, which will affect much of the Mid-Atlantic region Saturday, according to the NWS.
Montgomery County’s Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security (OEMHS) recommended that people secure any loose outdoor objects, charge their devices and be prepared to report a power outage to Pepco by calling 877-737-2662.
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) said it will activate its Storm Operations Center at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
MCDOT urges people to call 240-777-7623 if they see any downed trees in the road and “be as specific as possible with the location address.” MCDOT said there should be a quick response since storm crews will be positioned around over the county.
MoCo residents can report downed trees by calling 311 to reach MC311, Montgomery County Government’s Customer Service Center for all non-emergency County inquiries and services.
Takoma Park residents can report trees down in the roadway blocking traffic by calling the Takoma Park Police Department at the non-emergency number, 301-270-1100.
Also, Takoma Park PD advises that for any storm-related emergencies, including any injury, tree into a structure, or downed power lines that could still be electrified, call 911.
Pete Piringer, spokesperson for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS), warned that driving could be challenging in windy conditions, especially for high-profile vehicles.
Also, Metro said it is preparing for these storm conditions to impact Metrorail, Metrobus and Metro Access customers. They said that people should “delay unnecessary travel, allow extra time, avoid rushing, & use caution on slippery surfaces.”
Additionally, Montgomery Parks has canceled many events this weekend due to the weather, including the Burtonsville Day Festival on Saturday and the Parks Ale Trail in Rock Creek Regional Park on Sunday. Then, due to the storm Saturday, Montgomery County Police rescheduled Germantown’s Police and Fire Station Open House and moved it to Oct. 28.