The area has dodged a very large bullet, in the form of high winds and a catastrophic deluge. That could change when the storm steers northeast early this week.
WASHINGTON — The D.C. region escaped most of Florence during the weekend, with the storm parking itself over the Carolinas — although some rain isn’t out of the question early this week.
Sick of the cloudy weekend? Blame Florence. “When you go outside … and look up, those clouds are a direct result of the hurricane,” said Storm Team4 Meteorologist Chuck Bell.
Florence might be weakening, but it’s still a huge system with a cloud canopy stretching for hundreds of miles.
“We’re on the far northern extent of the cloud shield right now,” Bell said. “And underneath there, we are getting periods of mist and drizzle and a pocket of light rain every here and there.”
The D.C. area has dodged a very large bullet, in the form of high winds and a catastrophic deluge. The Carolinas, obviously, have not been so lucky — Florence has already set a state record in North Carolina for flooding, with areas near Wilmington and Jacksonville reporting nearly three feet of rainfall by Sunday morning.
Remnants of Florence are expected to move through the region after Sunday night. Storm Team 4 meteorologist Doug Kammerer said the southern areas of the D.C. region have already been hit with heavy downpours.
“Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible on Tuesday as the remnants of Florence push to the north and east of the DC area, through Pennsylvania,” Storm Team4 Meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts told WTOP. “By Wednesday, high pressure builds into the region bringing sunshine back to our area at least through the end of the workweek.”
Storm Team4 meterologist Mike Stinneford said the remnants of Florence will “track parallel to the Appalachians on Monday and then pass to our north on Tuesday.”