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A high wind warning is in effect for Charles County beginning tonight, March 1 at midnight to 6 a.m. on Saturday, March 3. Damaging winds are likely, which may result in widespread wind damage and power outages. Charles County is forecast to experience winds between 25 to 35 mph sustained with gusts as high as 70 mph.

Residents are urged to make preparations now and asked to stay indoors during the high wind warning to avoid hazardous situations on the roads and around buildings, telephone poles, and trees. Before the high wind warning, remember to secure or move indoors any lightweight items from patios or balconies, as well as remove any dead trees or overhanging branches near structures and loose roofing materials.

A high wind warning means that there are sustained winds from 40 to 73 mph for at least an hour, or gusts of 58 mph or higher. High winds can cause downed trees and power outages.

During a high wind warning, remember to:

  • Avoid staying in light or poorly constructed structures that may blow down or collapse.
  • Stay away from fallen power lines.
  • Avoid driving. If you must drive, keep both hands on the wheel, drive slowly, and watch for objects blowing across the roadway and into your path.

Severe weather notices are posted online at www.CharlesCountyMD.govwww.facebook.com/CharlesCounty, and www.twitter.com/CharlesCoMD. Weather updates are also aired on CCGTV, which broadcasts on Comcast channel 95 and Verizon channel 10. Sign up for the Citizen Notification System atwww.CharlesCountyMD.gov/CNS  to receive inclement weather and traffic alerts by text message, email, or phone. For information on power outages, view the SMECO outage map at stormcenter.smeco.coop. Call 877-747-6326 to report a power outage.  Call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.

About Charles County Government

The mission of Charles County Government is to provide our citizens the highest quality service possible in a timely, efficient and courteous manner. To achieve this goal, our government must be operated in an open and accessible atmosphere, be based on comprehensive long- and short-term planning and have an appropriate managerial organization tempered by fiscal responsibility. We support and encourage efforts to grow a diverse workplace. Charles County is a place where all people thrive and businesses grow and prosper; where the preservation of our heritage and environment is paramount; where government services to its citizens are provided at the highest level of excellence; and where the quality of life is the best in the nation.

It is the policy of Charles County to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religious or political affiliation or opinion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other status protected by law.