A massive storm that dumped as much as 10 inches of rain in parts of the mid-Atlantic has caused widespread flooding. Weather forecasts predict that a “crippling snowstorm” is headed to the area Sunday, possibly dumping snow on the region.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Philadelphia is already under a state of emergency. Thousands of residents in Washington and Maryland could be without power overnight and more than 10,000 people in the Washington suburbs lost electricity.
Rainfall levels measured at the Philadelphia International Airport exceeded seven inches. Gov. Tom Wolf declared a state of emergency as the resulting flooding forced evacuations and caused the closing of bridges and roads.
Some locales hit by the storms reported storm surges as high as 10 feet. The Flood Watch in Washington D.C. remains in effect until 7 p.m. Residents of Montgomery County, Md., were on higher ground for a day after the weather system spawned a storm surge that pushed waters up against bridges. The mayor said that this was the greatest storm surge there had ever seen. He encouraged residents to be ready for bad weather.
TODAY: Flood watches or warnings in effect for southern, eastern MD, VA, SW NE (especially MD), NE VT, NE MA, IAH NW PA, RI, NH MO, CT, VT. Coastal rivers will likely experience record flooding. pic.twitter.com/oN09AdpKis — DC Office of Emergency Management (@OneDC) June 16, 2017
Hurricane season began this week and forecasters with the National Hurricane Center have said that June is a historically “dangerous month” for hurricanes. Even so, forecasters predict that this hurricane season could bring an average amount of hurricanes to the United States.
Last year, the cities of Miami and New Orleans were hit by two Category 4 hurricanes in the same season.
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