Heavy rains mark Florence’s effect in DC area

WASHINGTON — Florence’s effects in the area will come in the form of some heavy rains and strong storms this week.

Showers move into the southwestern counties and will track parallel to the Appalachians Monday, passing north on Tuesday, Storm Team4 meteorologist Mike Stinneford said.

This means unsettled weather for the D.C. area and a risk of heavy rain over the western and northern suburbs, Stinneford said.

“Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible on Tuesday as the remnants of Florence push to the north and east of the D.C. area, through Pennsylvania,” Storm Team4 meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts told WTOP. “By Wednesday, high pressure builds into the region bringing sunshine back to our area at least through the end of the workweek.”

In expectation of the predicted rain, the National Weather Service issued a flood watch for area rivers in Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Virginia, and Montgomery County in Maryland.

River flood forecasts are based on forecast amounts of precipitation over the next 72 hours.

The threat of Florence when it was a hurricane prompted a string of event cancellations in the area. Florence has since been downgraded to a tropical depression but not before unleashing rain, storm surge and wind in the Carolinas over the the last few days.  The National Hurricane Center said that that Florence will gradually weaken and move out to the ocean in 3 to 5 days.

(Courtesy National Hurricane Center)

Catastrophic flooding from Florence spread across the Carolinas on Sunday, with roads to Wilmington, North Carolina, cut off by the epic deluge and muddy river water swamping entire neighborhoods miles inland. “The risk to life is rising with the angry waters,” Gov. Roy Cooper declared as the storm’s death toll climbed to 17 and could still rise.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington reported that Florence has already dropped 23.59 inches of rain, breaking the record for the wettest single weather event in the city’s history. The previous record was 22.54 inches during a flood in September 2010.


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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