Flash Flood Watch In Effect For Most Of Maryland

Posted August 17, 2018

The forecast for the Williambsurg area calls for a chance of showers and thunderstorms through the weekend.

As for Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, "any decaying storms approaching from the west this evening will have a hard time moving east. can not rule out showers, though, in those areas", forecasters said.

Friday's forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high of 85 and a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Bouts of heavy rain on saturated ground may cause lowland and poor-drainage flooding issues, so please stay alert and remember: never drive through water-covered roads! In fact, for the third straight day, flash flood warnings have been issued for parts of the area especially hard hit by repeated heavy rain.

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Rain is expected to continue through the week, with several more inches through Friday. Wind will continue to crank up from the southeast at 15-20 miles per hour by the afternoon gusting higher than that at points. Temperatures once again will be in the low 80s and we will still be windy.

Across the region, Monday is forecast to be hot - with highs in the low 90s.

According to Wilmoth, wind damage, heavy rain and hail are the biggest threats associated with these storms. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly. The Storm Prediction Center has put much of the area under a Slight Risk designation for this period.

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Drier air will try to move into areas west of New York City on Thursday, and this will tend to limit shower activity to a more scattered variety by then.

Fortunately, most of us do actually need rain right about now, but we're mindful that too much of a good thing can quickly turn bad.

Thursday the heat returns with highs reaching the upper 80s which is closer to normal for this time and rain chances will go down just a bit to a 50% chance.

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Flooding killed 116 people in the United States previous year, the most lethal type of weather event in the nation.