In The News @ 3:30

DC Mayor: Blizzard Has “Life And Death Implications”

The mayor of Washington, DC is warning people that the impending blizzard will have “life and death implications.”  In a news conference this morning, Muriel Bowser said forecasters told her administration that the storm will actually start sooner that first believed.  Bowser said the blizzard will hit around noon local time and bring well over two feet of snow through the weekend.  The DC metro area is under a blizzard watch through Saturday as this major winter storm barrels into the Mid-Atlantic.

Pepco Says It’s Ready For Blizzard

Saying it’s an “all hands on deck event,” Pepco is declaring itself ready for the expected weekend blizzard.  Utility officials say they’ll combine their resources with that of utilities and contractors from all over the East Coast to deal with what they predict to be a multi-day event.  Customers with power outages are urged to call 1-877-PEPCO-62 or use the company’s mobile app.  It’s expected that snow and wind from the storm will knock down a lot of power lines.

Airlines Cancel Nearly 6,000 Flights Due To Winter Storm

Thousands of flights are being canceled as a powerful winter storm threatens to bury parts of the East Coast.  Nearly six-thousand flights have already been scrubbed today and tomorrow.  American Airlines says it will ground all its Saturday flights at Philadelphia, Washington National, Baltimore/Washington, and Washington Dulles airports because of forecasts calling for up to two feet of snow.  Blizzard watches and warnings are in effect for many areas from Washington, DC and Baltimore to New York and New Jersey.

NBA Postpones Saturday’s Wizards-Jazz, Celtics-Sixers Games Due To Winter Storm

The big winter storm on the East Coast is claiming a pair of Saturday night NBA games.  The Wizards and Jazz in D.C. and the Celtics and Sixers in Philadelphia have both been postponed.  No makeup date has been announced for the Wizards and Jazz, while the Celtics and Sixers have had their game rescheduled for 7 p.m. Eastern on Sunday.  The region is expecting several feet of snow.  Tonight’s NHL game between the Capitals and Ducks in D.C. has also been postponed.

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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