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
Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency in Virginia retroactive
to Tuesday as the Commonwealth responds to flooding and prepares for more
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Virginia dodges bullet with eastern track of Joaquin
WASHINGTON - Virginia had a 35 percent chance of seeing a direct hit from Hurricane Joaquin, prompting Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency, he said Friday morning on WTOP.
"We prepared for the worst and hoped for the best. Luckily with this hurricane, it has veered out to sea. And we dodged, literally, a bullet, North Carolina and Virginia," McAuliffe said.
The state of emergency would have made it easier to evacuate threatened areas - typically Hampton Roads, which is home to the the Navy's largest base and is a low-lying region that easily floods.
Despite the waning threat of Joaquin, the state has been pummeled by persistent, heavy rain this week. Some parts of the stated flooded from a storm Tuesday, washing out roads and blocking others. A 100-year-old bridge in Southwest Virginia was washed away, he said.
Flooding will continue to be a threat statewide as another round of heavy rain is expected to hit Virginia Friday evening.
The biggest worry however will be power outages. Tree can easily topple onto power lines of their roots in soggy soil come free, he said.
About 800 National Guard troops are currently deployed throughout the state. The state has made the Department of Forestry available to help clear downed trees and has contracted with backhoe operators to open up sewers and other flooded waterways.
In New York, the Mets’ chase for home-field advantage in their opening playoff series was put on hold when their game against the Washington Nationals was called off. They were scheduled to play a split doubleheader Saturday.