Friday, September 1, 2006

Hello, Ernesto ... the Rain and Wind Arrive

11:59pm Update: The Flash Flood Watch has expired. Another .25"-.75" as rain tapers overnight. Look for steadier showers to end by the 6-9am range, and winds dying down to 15mph (with some occasional gusts) for the bulk of the day tomorrow. Maybe a few breaks in the clouds during the late afternoon and high temps near 75. -Dan Stillman
5:30pm Update: A band of heavy showers just east of Upper Marlboro and Bowie is moving northward.
4:15pm Update: National reported a wind gust of 46 mph (40 kt) in the past hour. Total rainfall is just under 1". Rain has ended at Norfolk.


A Flash Flood Watch continues in effect through late tonight for most of Maryland, DC, central and northern Virginia, and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. A Wind Advisory is also in effect. Click on your county above for details. CapitalWeather continues to call for a storm total of 2-5" in the metro area, probably the lower end of that range for DC and points west, before tapering tonight.

Ernesto was downgraded this morning to a tropical depression, and the last National Hurricane Center advisory was issued at 11am. The heaviest rain so far in the Maryland, DC, Virginia region has been in the Tidewater area, where Norfolk has picked up nearly 9" since 2am this morning. Official amounts in the immediate Washington metro area were near 2/3" as of early afternoon. Light to moderate rain will continue this afternoon. As the storm moves northward, some heavy rain bands will rotate northwestward into the area, especially east of I-95. Some wind gusts with these could exceed 40 mph, possibly causing some tree damage and power outages.

Scroll down to Camden's earlier post for more details, the latest radar, a storm total forecast map, and the extended outlook through the holiday weekend. Let us know what's happening in your area using the comments link at the bottom of this post, and stay tuned to's continuing coverage of this developing event.

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