Torrential rain, strong winds and a hurricane are expected to hit the Isles, DC area, with parts of the area expected to see more than 6 inches of rain by Tuesday evening before the storm clears.
Weather Alert: A Flash Flood Warning applies until 11 a.m. for St. Mary’s and Southern Calvert counties. One to 2 inches of rain is expected in the next hour.
Weather Alert: A Flash Flood Warning applies until 11:30 am for South Central Anne Arundel, Northwest Calvert, Prince George and Northeast Charles counties. One to 2 inches of rain is expected in the next hour.
Buckle: Issei is bringing torrential rain, strong winds and a tornado risk to the DC area, with parts of the area expected to see more than 6 inches of rain by Tuesday evening before the storm clears.
Tropical Storm Isis – which made landfall in North Carolina last night as a storm with winds gusting at 85 mph – is now posing a flood hazard for millions along the Interstate 95 corridor, of which A tropical weather remains under alert.
Washington will see its worst in the coming hours via Baltimore. At least 3 inches of rain has already fallen in parts of southern Maryland.
Here’s what you need to know:
- “Blind rain is expected,” NBC Washington prophet Briana Bermensolo said. With the forecast of 3 to 6 inches falling by Tuesday evening, Christians are at greatest risk of heavy rainfall and flooding for millions.
- Storm Hazard: Strong bands of Isis will risk short-term tornadoes, especially east of I-95. In Maryland, Baltimore City, including Baltimore City, Harford, Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties are in a Tornado Watch until noon.
- Tropical Storm Conditions: There is a possibility of power theft between 30 and 45 mph in the DC metro area. Speeds of up to 70 mph are possible along the coastal Chesapeake and East Coast, where 1 to 2 foot storm waves and tidal floods are also of concern.
Isis is moving fast, but the National Hurricane Center still forecasts to cut north of the Chesapeake, dumping up to 6 inches of rain in the WTOP Sun region before the storm moves north in the afternoon on Tuesday – flash With risk for flooding and power outage.
The center of the storm will move from mid-DC to east through the late morning, when winds reach 40 to 50 mph near the nation’s capital and peak at 70 mph around Annapolis and Southern Maryland. National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Strong called it an “increasingly dangerous situation”.
The rain spread from the area around midnight as expected from Christian, but the storm is proving to be a threat from southeastern Virginia to southern Maryland.
“We are hoping that a tornado is likely to occur in that area, possibly a little further west, in parts of Charles and Prince George’s County, so we have to be vigilant as well,” WTOP said.
The first storm of the day caused several tornadoes. A potential tornado roof closed many homes and businesses in downtown Suffolk, Virginia, while another potential twister tore down trees and damaged buildings along Route 58 in Cortland.
DOWNTOWN SUFFOLK DAMAGE: The storefronts were hit hard along W. Washington Street during the storm. This is Brandon House. Most front windows have been blown off. A Look at the Losses # 13newsnow pic.twitter.com/vv9oZt3KH1
– Allison Bazel 13News Now (@ 13AllisonBazzle) August 4, 2020
In St. Mary’s County, Maryland, trees were felled, cars were crushed in the area around Lexington Park after a storm near Leonardtown shortly before 7 a.m., according to a report submitted to the weather service At least one house was damaged.
Thousands of outages have been reported in Northern Virginia. More than 115,000 customers across the state are in the dark, most notably from Richmond to Virginia Beach, who were among the first to suffer the brunt of Christianity overnight.
Coastal southern Maryland had received about 3 inches of rain by the time of day. Forecasters were warning of imminent flash floods through Prince George’s County north of St. George’s County, where a strong thunderstorm was expected to rain another 2 inches in the span of an hour.
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Mass Transit and Roads
In Washington, the metro will limit some access to riders as part of its severe weather plan. The Cleveland Park Metro station will be closed on Tuesday, as the station’s entrance areas are in a flood prone area. The north entrance to King Street Station will be closed.
Riders are advised of the possibility of weather-related delays and should anticipate service adjustments, although Metro said it plans to operate at a normal time.
The Virginia Railway Express’ Manassas Line Train 328 has been stopped after it hit a tree on the track. Train 330 can be combined with train 328. Expect an hour delay in both trains.
VRE S is working on schedule. All trains marked with “S” are running in addition to 300 and 307 trains on the Fredericksburg Line.
Heavy rain will likely lead to widespread high water on flood-flooded highways, especially as heavy bands of Issei move later on Tuesday morning. Remember: Turn around, don’t drown – just one foot of running water is enough to trap some vehicles.
Flooding is hindering traffic on I-295, where southeast passengers are being sent to the exit ramp at Malcolm X Avenue to avoid high-speed water.
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Severe weather preparation
Power companies in the DC area are preparing for the storm and advising people on the path to the storm to do the same.
The DC Coronovirus testing site, as well as several in Virginia and Maryland, is closed on Tuesday in anticipation of bad weather.
Ray Whale, acting emergency manager for the city of Alexandria, Virginia, said they are warning and helping those at the end of King Street who have seen widespread flooding before. The tables added to the outside food during the epidemic included storm preparations.
In Virginia Beach, much of the city will close on Tuesday, so people will be encouraged to stay indoors, said Deputy City Manager for Public Safety Steve Cover.
The southern area of Virginia Beach is flooded by wind-driven tides, and Cover said the area is in a state of high-water vehicles that need to evacuate people.
Cover said Virginia Beach could catch wind gusts at speeds up to 70 mph.
The main road to Ellicott City, Maryland is preparing for the worst, as the area is still recovering from recent floods.
“In Howard County, we’re all on deck,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball.
The region is still recovering from devastating floods in 2016 and 2018. The Ellicott City Safe and Sound project has removed 12 tonnes of debris from rivers in the watershed over the past year to help prevent flooding in the area.
24-hour development of Hurricane Isis before its landfall in North Carolina. pic.twitter.com/0Kc7D6dlL5
– CIRA (@CIRA_CSU) August 4, 2020
WTOP’s Valerie Bonk, Dan Friedel, Christy King and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Tuesday: Tropical storm conditions with frequent rains and strong winds, especially in coastal areas. Highs in the upper 70s.
Wednesday: Christianity moves north, mostly in the form of sunlight and low humidity. High in the mid-80s.
Thursday: Sunny with rain and thunder. High in the mid-80s.
Friday: Partly cloudy, with rain and thunder showers may occur in the afternoon. High mid to late 80s.