UPDATE: 1.30 p.m., Oct. 3
WASHINGTON – The threat from Hurricane Joaquin has diminished and the steadiest rainfall is over.
There is little risk of major flooding across the Greater Washington D.C. area, but there will continue to be some coastal flooding in Anne-Arundel County as well as the flood prone areas along the Potomac in D.C., Arlington, Falls Church and Alexandria.
The biggest issue in many areas this afternoon will be the gusty winds, which could reach over 30 mph at times. Highs will be in the middle to upper 50s and it will feel even cooler with the stiff breeze. Tonight will remain cloudy and blustery with lows in the 40s and some spotty drizzle.
What to expect Saturday night:
Some drizzle, cloudy and windy
Winds: N 15-20, gusts up to 30+ mph
WASHINGTON — If Hurricane Joaquin makes a break for the nation’s capital, the new 17th Street levee would likely be put to the test on its one-year anniversary.
The levee was designed to protect lower-lying areas in downtown Washington from overbank river flooding.
(AP) -- Hurricane Joaquin is expected to strengthen in the Atlantic as it heads toward the central Bahamas.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Joaquin was centered about 80 miles (125 km) east-southeast of San Salvador just before 2 a.m. Thursday. The Category 3 hurricane’s maximum sustained winds had increased to 120 mph (195 kph). It was moving southwest at 6 mph (9 kph) and was expected to continue in that general direction for much of Thursday.
Additional strengthening is expected, with some fluctuations in intensity Thursday night and Friday.
A front passed through the region Wednesday, dropping the humidity and a bumping the winds. Winds will continue for at least the next several days so hold on to your hat. That front has now stalled to the south, just off the east coast.
About 13,000 sandbags are being filled at Naval Station Norfolk as the installation prepares for days of rain and the possibility of being hit by Hurricane Joaquin. Navy officials say this is the most intensive storm preparation effort the base has had since Hurricane Ernesto in 2006.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is cancelling a scheduled rally in Virginia ahead of Hurricane Joaquin.
Trump had been scheduled to attend a rally at the Wave Convention Center Friday evening in Virginia Beach.
Rain and wind from the Category 3 storm threaten to pummel the state this weekend.
McCrory says his declaration allows exceptions to weight and time restrictions on trucks while also giving him added authority to respond to trouble.
All outdoor athletic activities are canceled on Fri., Oct. 2, 2015 and Sat., Oct. 3, 2015 due to poor weather conditions.
Please note this cancellation applies to outdoor athletic activities only.
BGE Monitoring and Preparing for Hurricane Joaquin
BALTIMORE (October 1, 2015) – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) is monitoring Hurricane Joaquin, which some forecasts indicate could affect the mid-Atlantic region. BGE is making staffing preparations in order to respond to any potential service interruptions caused by the heavy rain and damaging winds of a major coastal storm. In addition to the company’s 3,200 employees, BGE is activating additional support contractors—tree and overhead line crews—and has begun the process of requesting crews from other utilities. The company also asks customers to make sure they have contingency plans and supplies prepared should they become necessary.
Customers should report service interruptions or downed wires to BGE at 877.778.2222. BGE asks all customers, including those with smart meters, to report their outage.
Outages may also be reported at BGE.com and through mobile devices. Customers can find information on preparing for natural disasters and other emergency events at the
storm center on BGE.com, as well as storm preparation information and restoration progress via BGE’s social media sites Twitter and Facebook. We thank our customers in advance for taking the time to prepare their homes and families.
Should the storm affect central Maryland, BGE will work to keep customers updated through the company’s website, local media, social media channels.
Customers are reminded to have the following basic items on hand:
In addition, customers should consider filling the fuel tanks of their vehicles in the event a power
outage affects service to neighborhood gas stations. For customers who rely on well water, filling a bathtub with water in advance of severe weather is strongly encouraged. Customers using a generator should follow manufacturer instructions and be sure to locate generators outside, in well-ventilated areas.
In instances of long periods of heavy rain, BGE prepares for the very real potential of not only outages relating to overhead power lines, but also outages caused by flooding in cases where water enters gas and electric meters. In cases where flooding affects equipment after the meter, customers are responsible for all wiring, pipe, appliances, breaker boxes and any other gas or electric-related equipment or service inside the home or business.
Customers are urged to consider the following safety tips:
If you experienced flooding, do not turn on any lights or appliances without having a comprehensive inspection performed by a licensed electrician and also by a registered plumber with a gasfitter's license for gas appliances.