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Flood Watch Takes Effect Tonight

by ARLnow.com — March 9, 2011 at 1:38 pm 598 10 Comments

A flood watch will take effect at 6:00 tonight as heavy rains move into our area from the southwest.

A steady, soaking, all-day rain and and gusty winds should make for an unpleasant Thursday. Officials are warning anyone who lives in low-lying or flood-prone areas to be “prepared to take action should flood develop.”

FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM EST THIS EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING…

THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* PORTIONS OF NORTHERN AND EASTERN MARYLAND… THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA… EAST OF THE BLUE RIDGE.

* FROM 6 PM EST THIS EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING

* PERIODS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN WILL MOVE INTO THE REGION AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT THIS EVENING INTO THURSDAY. BY THE TIME THE FRONT CLEARS THE AREA THURSDAY NIGHT… UP TO 3 INCHES OF RAIN WILL BE POSSIBLE.

* THE FORECASTED RAINFALL AMOUNTS LIKELY WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF LOW LYING AREAS… AS WELL AS CAUSE SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS TO RISE OUT OF THEIR BANKS. THE RUNOFF WOULD THEN CREATE SIGNIFICANT RISES ON AREA RIVERS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.

  • Guest

    Thank goodness that Steve Carell built that ark.

  • Interpol

    I live on the 9th floor of my apartment building. Jealous?

    • AllenB

      I live on the 10th, so no.

      • LyonSteve

        Basement of my mom’s house?

        • AllenB

          No thanks, I usually prefer a public place for a first date.

          • CrystalMikey

            Got you both beat…11 FTW! haha….ha.

          • AllenB

            Size queen.

    • OX4

      Is that where you recorded “Antics”?

  • John Andre

    I’m still unsure whether this forecast will verify as projected. It looks as though a squall line crossing southern Alabama and Florida is robbing the first phase of its moisture.

    The second phase of the system is uncertain but seems to be starting out somewhat drier than anticipated. We still could get 2+ inches of rain tomorrow if everything falls into place right.

    • borf

      Thank you, Willard.

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