- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 26, 2004

The remnants of Tropical Storm Jeanne are expected to hit the Washington metropolitan area tonight, bringing heavy rains, major wind gusts and a threat of tornadoes.

The National Weather Service yesterday issued a “hazardous weather outlook” through tomorrow night for nearly all of the District, Maryland and Virginia, where several communities are still cleaning up the damage caused by a series of tornadoes spawned by Tropical Storm Ivan.

“Anything is possible,” said Jackie Hale, a spokeswoman for the weather service.

So far, there have been fewer tornadoes associated with Jeanne than with Ivan. But Miss Hale said it is too early to say exactly what to expect from Jeanne.

“It is possible we could have flooding,” she said, noting that local rivers and ground saturation have receded to normal levels since Ivan moved across the Washington area Sept. 17.

The remnants of Ivan were responsible for approximately 40 tornadoes in Prince William and Fairfax counties in Northern Virginia and in Frederick County in Maryland.

At least 25 homes and three businesses in Virginia were destroyed, and nearly 2,000 homes — mostly in Henry County — were severely damaged.

No deaths were reported in Virginia, but several people were injured, including two each in Fauquier and Frederick counties and one in Fairfax County, said Dawn Eischen, spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

Two Cecil County women were killed as Ivan came through northeastern Maryland.

Jeanne, which slammed ashore in Florida just before midnight Saturday, is responsible for more than 1,000 deaths in Haiti and millions of dollars worth of damage to Florida.

Local relief is on the way to those victims.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Rockville has begun a collection of relief goods for hurricane victims in Haiti and Florida.

Jeanne began battering Florida at the end of Yom Kippur, a Jewish high holy day, inspiring many Jews in Montgomery County to donate generous gifts to the collection, said Rocky Twyman, a community activist who is helping coordinate the relief collection.

“It was great to see whole families coming out with supplies,” Mr. Twyman said.

He said that after a day of collecting supplies, volunteers had filled an entire room with clothing, canned goods, bottled water and school supplies for hurricane victims.

One man, who did not want to be identified, wrote a check for $1,000.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Rockville plans to hold at least two more collections this week. Anyone interested in making a donation can stop by 727 West Montgomery Ave. tonight and tomorrow, between 7 and 9 p.m.

Volunteers ask that people donate basic supplies, including clean clothes, canned goods and bottled water.

They also ask that people donate school supplies, since “many of these youngsters will be working out of temporary schools for a while,” Mr. Twyman said.

Volunteers will begin shipping the supplies tomorrow night, and their counterparts at the Seventh-day Adventist churches in Haiti and Florida will receive the supplies and distribute them to victims.

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