by Tim Regan October 1, 2015 at 12:10 pm 0

rainy weather in Borderstan, photo via of whether Hurricane Joaquin visits D.C., the city is bracing for heavy rain and flooding this weekend.

Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office said today in a press release that the mayor has been briefed by the District’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) and city leaders on the forecast for Hurricane Joaquin and the District’s readiness. According to the the release, HSEMA will hold “twice daily briefings” with National Weather Service and agency officials on storm preparation.

The National Weather Service said yesterday that D.C. and the surrounding area could see anywhere from two to five inches of rain between tomorrow and Monday morning.

How can you prepare for the wet weather? Bowser tweeted earlier today that D.C. residents should “take a few mins to clear debris from any storm drains” to avoid basement flooding like the kind seen in Shaw in June.

Likewise, DC Water has urged its customers to prepare for flooding by reporting clogged catch basins near their homes.

While most experts say there’s no need to panic just yet — I’m looking at you, Virginia — the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for D.C. and the surrounding region until Saturday evening.

In other words, if you live in a flood-prone part of town, prepare for leaky basements. But maybe wait a while before going nuts on the toilet paper, bread and milk.

Photo via Flickr/ vlsergey

by October 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm 1,402 0

From Namita Koppa. Email her at namita[AT]

The Hurricane was created at Pat O’Brien’s bar in New Orleans.  In the 1940s, some liqueurs – whiskey, scotch, and bourbon – were in very short supply. Rum, however, was readily accessible and purchasing large quantities of rum allowed bartenders access to other liqueurs. To use up this surplus of rum, Pat O’Brien created the Hurricane and served it in a glass modeled after the hurricane lamp. The cocktail itself has no real connection to the hurricane weather phenomenon, other than originating in New Orleans, where hurricanes occur.


Pat O’Brien in New Orleans. (Luis Gomez Photos)


  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1/4 oz grenadine
  • 1 oz gin
  • 1 oz light rum
  • 1/2 oz Bacardi® 151 rum
  • 1 oz amaretto almond liqueur
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • grapefruit juice
  • pineapple juice


Fill a hurricane glass (or any tall glass) 3/4 full with ice.
Pour all the alcohols in first, then follow with equal parts of grapefruit and pineapple juice.

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by October 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm 1,625 0


Scramble – The perfect hurricane snack. (Rachel Nania)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT] 

First and foremost, I hope everyone is staying safe out there. I know a lot of us see these days off from work as “free days” to drink during a Monday afternoon and (in my case) clean the entire house like it’s never been cleaned before. But this storm is causing lots of damage, so please take it seriously!

But if you are safe and a little stir crazy, chances are, you are also hungry. (I died a little inside when I heard Pete’s Pizza was closed on Monday… and my stomach definitely didn’t like that news.)

There is something about snow days (or hurricane days) that make me want to do nothing but live under a fleece blanket, drink hot chocolate and eat junk food… lots and lots of salty junk food. If you have the same cravings, I have just the thing for you.

This recipe has a bit of an odd name — it’s called “scramble.” But I promise you, the snack is much better than the name. This take on a homemade Chex Mix takes several hours to bake (on low) and needs to be stirred frequently, but the labor is definitely worth the final product. And please, don’t balk at the amount of butter; the recipe makes a lot and you will be eating it (with your friends and neighbors) for days. And the best part… it will keep when the food in your fridge goes bad due to power outages.

So now tell me, Borderstan – what’s your favorite hurricane day snack or meal?

Making a Scramble


  • 1 box of rice chex
  • 1 box Cheerios
  • 1 bag of thin pretzel sticks or squares
  • 1 lb of pecans
  • 1 lb (4 sticks) of butter
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 3 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 225 degrees.
  2. Empty the dry ingredients (rice chex, Cheerios, pretzels and pecans) into a large roasting pan.
  3. Melt the butter in a microwaveable safe bowl. Add the garlic salt, the onion powder and the worcestershire sauce. Whisk it all together.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and mix it all together.
  5. Bake for 3-4 hours, stirring every 30 minutes.
  6. Share with friends and enjoy!

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