Sept. 16, 2003, midnight | By Branden Buehler, KC Costanzo | 20 years, 8 months ago

From the people who brought you snoWatch

Hello and welcome to a brand new season of adverse weather conditions. Silver Chips Online's crack weather team is back in action with KC Costanzo and Branden Buehler at the helm. As you may already know, the East Coast is about to get walloped by Hurricane Isabel and while Montgomery County won't bear the brunt of the storm, we're still going to get hit with more than drizzles and a tropical breeze.

Here's what CNN, The Washington Post, and are predicting:

» Wind: 40-60 m.p.h. in Southern Maryland about midday Thursday; hurricane-force winds possible during the night.

» Water: 3-6 inches of rain in DC-Baltimore area.

» According to the people who know about this stuff: "Because we're very wet, a garden-variety storm can cause problems. If it takes its time coming through, clearly we're going to have significant flooding." - Frank Richards, Weather Service hydrologist

Chips' best guess: 10% chance of cancellation on Thursday. The storm has weakened since it was first reported, though meteorologists say it could pick back up. When there's wind there's always the possibility of power outages caused by fallen trees. Given the fact that we had a two-hour delay at the beginning of the school year for a storm that shouldn't rival the one that's approaching, all hope is not lost, Blazers. Still, don't bet your lunch money on this one.

Check the Silver Chips Online weather page for additional information, including a link to real-time weather conditions at Blair.

MCPS weather policies can be found on their emergency information page.

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Branden Buehler. Branden Buehler is a senior in the magnet program. When he is not doing schoolwork, work for Silver Chips Online, or swimming for the Blair swim team, he could possibly be found playing foosball or playing his guitar and recording songs in a futile attempt … More »

KC Costanzo. Keith "KC" Costanzo is one of the brand-spanking-new editors-in-chief of <i>Silver Chips Online</i>. His responsibilities include maintaining the journalistic integrity of the paper and making sure no one spontaneously combusts due to the stress of deadlines. KC enjoys late night frisbee games and long hours … More »

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