BALTIMORE (WJZ/AP) — We’re starting to see breaks in the rain, but the threat isn’t over.
Meteorologist Tim Williams reports that even though the worst of the rain is over, the ground is saturated—meaning that flooding is still a concern.
“Today we should see the last of the impacts of Hurricane Joaquin for our area,” Williams said.
Saturday, showers and drizzle are possible with a possible accumulation of less than a tenth of an inch. Saturday night will be cool with a low of around 54. There’s a 40% chance of showers or drizzle.
Sunday could see showers before 10 a.m. The high will be near 63; the day will be breezy with a wind of around 21 miles per hour with gusts as high as 29 mph.
Unrelenting rain across the East Coast showed little sign of let-up early Saturday, with record-setting precipitation expected to prolong the soppy misery that has been eased only by news that Hurricane Joaquin is no longer a threat.
A flash flood warning was in effect in parts of South Carolina, where authorities shut down the Charleston peninsula to motorists.
Several feet of water had caused vehicles to stall in downtown Charleston and water has inundated some homes and buildings in the area, according to the National Weather Service. At least two to four additional inches of rain was expected by noon. Barbara Vaughn, a Charleston city spokeswoman, said several people were rescued from stranded cars there.
The Charleston Police Department has issued lists of dozens of street closings.
Coastal flooding remained a threat, particularly in the Virginia Beach area and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The weather service issued a warning for residents living along the coast to be alert for rising water. A combination of high water and high waves could result in beach erosion and damage to docks and piers.
The National Weather Service in Greenville said that “bursts of heavy rain are likely” in the Carolinas and parts of northern Georgia that could cause rivers and streams in the region to flood significantly.
The rain levels had the potential to be “life threatening and historic,” the service said on its website.
Once the rain ends, the threat of flooding persists because the ground is too saturated to absorb water, meteorologists say. And high winds could bring down trees like …Read More