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Ida to bring heavy rain, flash floods to Maryland, Delaware, Virginia

by DrewLUD


After making landfall in Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, Hurricane Ida is expected pack enough of a punch to still cause heavy rain and flash floods as far as the Mid-Atlantic.

Now downgraded to a tropical storm, Ida still has a projected path that could impact rain totals from as far south as Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and as far north as Wilmington.

According to Jonathan O’Brien, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Mt. Holly, New Jersey, the main issue will be heavy rainfall starting around Wednesday from the southwest to the northeast.

According to the National Weather Service, this is the projected areas likely to see flash floods as a result of Tropical Storm Ida as of Monday, Aug. 30.

“In this area, we’re fortunately not going to deal with the sort of wind threats seen along the Gulf Coast,” O’Brien said. “There is the threat of locally heavy rain between 2 to 5 inches over a period of 12 to 18 hours. That does have the potential for some flash flooding or some river flooding.”

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He added he could not rule out strong to severe thunderstorms on the Delmarva Peninsula. A flash flood watch may be in effect for much of the area with Ida pulling away by Thursday and cooler, more dry air settling in the region shortly thereafter.

“Tropical Storm Kate was just named this morning, but it’s a weak storm still in the middle of nowhere in the Atlantic and isn’t forecasted to have much of impact in the region. It may strengthen over the next couple of days, but it’s still in the (far) Atlantic,” O’Brien said.

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