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The National Park Service said Monday that the Aug. 23 5.8-magnitude quake damaged the Washington Monument more seriously than originally reported.
The earthquake left cracks wider than an inch in the monument. Water from rainstorms and Hurricane Irene damaged the monument even more, the NPS said.
"It's imperative that they seal out future water before prolonged freezing temperatures hit," said AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. "When water freezes, it expands. So if water remains in any cracks and freezes, that expansion could cause more damage."
From Aug. 23 to Sept. 27, Washington, D.C., has picked up more than a foot of rain.
On Tuesday, a team of engineers had planned to start rappelling down the four sides of 127-year-old monument to check the structure block by block for damage. The inspection will take five days.
However, CNN.com reports that bad weather halted Tuesday's inspection.
Weather could remain problematic for the inspection with additional rounds of showers and thunderstorms moving through into Thursday. There is the potential for downpours to unleash a quick inch of rain during that time, along with severe thunderstorms this afternoon.
"We know it's going to be a curiosity," Captain Kathleen Harasek, Commander of the Central District for the United States Park Police said to Reuters. "We tend to try and keep people off the outside of the monument, so it's kind of contrary to what we normally try and do."
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A new round of severe weather will threaten communities across the interior Northeast with damaging winds and downpours at week’s end.
A group of women, youth and community leaders rescued an abandoned school and transformed it into the second Mutual Support Center in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
Advances in weather science and technology and cooperation between government weather services and the American Weather Industry, have resulted in increasingly accurate tornado warnings. This has led to greatly reduced risk for such tragedies when warnings provide enough time to move people to safety when severe weather threatens.
Un grupo de mujeres, jóvenes y líderes comunitarios rescataron una escuela abandonada para convertirla en el segundo Centro de Apoyo Mutuo de Caguas, Puerto Rico.
Conference play is well underway and several matchups will take place amid less than ideal weather conditions.
Tropical moisture will converge over the southern Plains and open the atmospheric faucet to the point of drought relief and flood potential into this weekend.
La forma en que FEMA evalúa tradicionalmente los casos de pérdidas por desastres en los Estados Unidos continentales y la realidad económica que impera en el territorio de Puerto Rico, ha provocado que miles de puertorriqueños continúen sin un techo seguro.
The administrative disparity between the way in which FEMA traditionally assesses cases in the United States and the economic and legal reality under which the territory of Puerto Rico operates, has left thousands of American citizens in the island sin techo (without a roof).