May was unpleasant, to put it mildly. It was the third hottest and sixth wettest May on record. Both Reagan National and BWI Marshall recorded more than double the normal rainfall for May.
Thursday night’s storms brought heavy rain and some flooding to roadways in parts of the region, including Northern Virginia and D.C.
See photos of the strong storm that moved through the D.C. area Thursday evening.
“I want Ellicott City to continue, and I want Ellicott City to be strong; but I want you to be stronger, and I want to do whatever we can to help you,” Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said during a meeting with flood victims.
Howard County officials, county planners and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers acknowledge the impossibility of eliminating the risk of future flood damage in Historic Ellicott City but think there are somethings they can do to minimize the damage.
“I think a lot of effort should also be put into a very rapid warning system there — more rain gauges, more stream gauges, a smart prediction system that can give a warning based on minutes, with some type of lead time, at least to get people and cars off the street,” said professor Jeffrey Halverson of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, a severe storms meteorologist. His research includes the intensity of hurricanes and also severe storms in the Mid-Atlantic.
One day after flash flooding ravaged downtown Ellicott City, Maryland, officials were just beginning to grasp the enormity of the devastation.
Residents and businesses are asking for donations following the massive flooding in Ellicott City, Maryland, on Sunday evening. Here’s how to help.
Most of the D.C. area was under either a flash flood watch or flash flood warning on Sunday, after heavy rains fell in the region. It rained for more than five hours in Howard County, leading to a flash flood emergency and a state of emergency declaration by the governor after a major flooding in Ellicott City.
Heavy downpours were expected to begin lashing parts of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Sunday. The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued tropical storm warnings for parts of Florida and Alabama.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency for Ellicott City, Maryland, on Sunday, nearly two years after deadly flooding ravaged the Howard County city. Gov. Larry Hogan also declared a state of emergency. Massive flooding in the area after heavy rains caused Main Street to close. Officials urged residents to seek higher ground and avoid the area.
Saturday has been hot and humid in the D.C.-area, giving residents a taste of summer weather, and with it comes flood warnings and severe thunderstorms.
The bad news is that rain is in the forecast for the Memorial Day weekend. The good news is it’s not expected to be a washout. Here’s what you need to know as you make plans.
A band of strong thunderstorms, including gusty winds, lightning and heavy downpours swept into the region Tuesday afternoon. At one point, most of the WTOP listening area was under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch. By 8:20 p.m. the National Weather Service removed all remaining counties from its Severe Thunderstorm Watch.
The rains have subsided but flooding concerns remain for parts of the shoreline in Southwest D.C. and in Arlington County and Alexandria. Here’s what you need to know.
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