Flood Threat Arrives With Wind and Rain - NBC4 Washington

Flood Threat Arrives With Wind and Rain

Flash flood watch for D.C. area



    Dock Street Floods in Annanpolis

    Flooding in Annapolis draws specatators. (Published Monday, Jan. 25, 2010)

    The weather in one word?  Yuck.

    Heavy rain.  Strong, gusty winds.  Flood watches and warnings.  The D.C. area has it all.

    But hey, it could be worse.  At least the temperatures are in the upper 50s to lower 60s.

    A strong front is sweeping through the region, bringing the rain and wind. But high pressure will move in tonight and be in place through Thursday, bringing dry and colder weather, according to meteorologist Tom Kierein.

    People who live in flood prone areas were warned to keep an eye out for rising waters.

    Up to 2 inches of rain was precicted, with 3 inches possible in some places, which could cause flash flooding. As little as 1 inch of rainfall in one hour or 1 to 2 inches of rainfall in three hours can cause streams and creeks to overflow their banks. Urban flooding of roads and low-lying areas also will be possible.

    High winds knocked down trees, and the Maryland Transit Administration reports that one MARC Camden Line train hit a tree
    on the tracks. Downed trees are also causing delays on the Brunswick line.

    A coastal flood warning was issued for parts of Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia through Monday afternoon. A flash flood watch was in effect until 1 p.m. Monday. The weather service said streams and creeks could overflow their banks and roads and low-lying areas could flood.

    In Annapolis near the city dock, water up to the ankles closed about a dozen Dock Street businesses, which defended themselves with sand bags. The flooding attacted spectators to the area.

    Power companies in the region reported more than 30,000 customers without power.

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