Heavy rains, flash flooding possible with Tropical Storm Isaias impact

by Kate Evans

A flash flood watch was in effect for the area from 11 p.m. Monday night through 11 p.m. Tuesday night due to Tropical Storm Isaias. The storm was heading towards the Carolinas after sparing Florida a lot of its wrath. A National Weather Service advisory said that rainfall from the tropical storm was expected to extend northward Monday evening through Tuesday night.

Rainfall amounts from the storm for our area were downsized on Monday afternoon from 3-6 inches to 1-2 inches with localized rainfall of 3-4 inches, said Austin Mansfield, a National Weather Service meteorologist for the Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office on Monday afternoon. There is still the risk of flash flooding for our area.

The track of Tropical Storm Isaias had moved slightly to the east and the heavier rains were expected to be more to the east of our region. They were starting to get the first rain bands from the storm around 3 p.m. Monday and the storm would progress over the next 24 to 36 hours, Mansfield said. He expected the worst rains to be Tuesday during the daylight hours.

Weather officials are hoping that the coastal areas would see the storm pushing off by late Wednesday morning and that eastern West Virginia would escape some of the rains Tuesday night.

A Hazardous Weather Outlook was issued for eastern West Virginia, northern and central Virginia and central and western Maryland except for Garrett County for scattered showers and thunderstorms along with locally damaging wind gusts on Monday through Tuesday.