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Extremely heavy rain and high winds are sweeping through the D.C. region thanks to Tropical Storm Isaias. So, public officials are recommending staying indoors and avoiding riding or biking.

A flash flood warning was issued in Southeast D.C. until 11:30 a.m. A warning was also issued in Fairfax County until 1 p.m. And a tornado warning was issued for eastern and southern Maryland until this afternoon. 

The weather is wilder than usual today, so here are some tips from D.C. Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Kevin Donahue: Consider signing up for Alert DC, emergency alerts that go straight to your phone; charge electronic devices; notify DC Water of clogged sewer basins; and contact Pepco in the event of a power outage.   

Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to pull away from the region this afternoon. In Northwest D.C., the rain has already lightened up.  

Tropical Storm Isaias coincides with the coronavirus pandemic, so weather is interrupting a lot of our COVID-19 response. All government-supported testing sites are closed today, along with meal and grocery distribution sites, tweeted Mayor Muriel Bowser

Need food? Martha’s Table President Kim R. Ford tells City Paper its lobby markets at 2375 Elvans Road SE and 1474 Columbia Road NW will be open between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. And she says the free food truck, McKenna’s Wagon, is planning to go out this evening to its normal stops.  

D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency Director Christopher Rodriguez tells DCist the city has been preparing for “COVID-influenced hurricane season”—meaning, shelter planning takes into account mask and social distancing requirements. Here are some tips Rodriquez has for residents: pack three-days worth of supplies in emergency kits; and kits should include masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes in addition to water and food with a long shelf life.         

—Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)

CITY DESK LINKS, by Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)       

  • As of Aug. 4, D.C. reported one additional death related to COVID-19 and 85 new positive cases, bringing the total numbers to 587 and 12,398, respectively. [EOM

  • One of the D.C. region’s largest affordable housing providers, AHC Inc., commits to pausing evictions for the rest of the year. [WBJ]

  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan seeks to overturn Montgomery County directive that says private and parochial schools have to stick to online learning. [WTOP]

  • Two Black moms took their kids to the National Mall. Armed Secret Service stopped them, handcuffed them without saying why, and separated them from their babies. They still have no answers. [Post

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Chairman Phil Mendelsonannounces members of a police reform commission. [Chairman]

  • New Virginia law seeks to rein in the state’s payday loan rates. [DCist]

  • Arlington GOP chairman Andrew Loposser was kicked out of a Facebook group for making threats against people who report businesses for COVID-related violations. [ARLnow]

  • Veep finalist Susan Rice is on Kojo today. [Kojo]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Number 1 Sons is now delivering wild foraged foods like chanterelle mushrooms. [WCP]

  • Bad Saint Executive Chef Tom Cunanan is moving on to his next culinary adventure. [Washingtonian]

  • A cook’s account of waiting for his industry to reboot. [Food & Wine]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • A new book takes a look at the life of local LGBTQ rights pioneer Frank Kameny. [Washingtonian]

  • Washington Ballet executive director Michael Pastreich has resigned, and the company has canceled the rest of its 2020 season. [Post]

  • Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company announces its next season, but dates are still to come. [DC Metro Theater Arts]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Capitals lose their first meaningful hockey game since March, 3-2, in a shootout to the Tampa Bay Lightning. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

  • Mystics forward Myisha Hines-Allen has been named the WNBA Eastern Conference’s Player of the Week after averaging 17.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 2.0 steals per game during the four-game stretch. [Bullets Forever]

  • The Nats are back in action tonight as the MLB continues to grapple with positive coronavirus tests. [Federal Baseball]

  • Katie Ledecky’s latest athletic feat/sponsorship ad goes viral. [Yahoo]

CITY LIGHTS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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