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This infrared image from NOAA is an Aug. 26, 2011 view of Hurricane Irene made by the GOES-east satellite.
Arlington County, Va., has declared a local emergency in preparation for Hurricane Irene.
The declaration was made Friday afternoon because of the potential for damaging winds, rainfall and storm surge that could cause flooding and other hazardous conditions in the county.
The declaration provides for increased coordination with state resources, and allows officials to take necessary actions to prepare for and respond to the storm.
Gov. Bob McDonnell declared a state of emergency for Virginia on Thursday.
All Arlington County facilities will close at noon Saturday and will remain closed through Sunday. This includes community centers, libraries, arts centers, and other county buildings. The county plans to reopen for regular business on Monday.
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