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Thursday, December 24, 2009

NWS Issues FLOOD WATCH

Event: Flood Watch
Alert: ...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE
FRIDAY NIGHT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF MARYLAND...THE DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA AND VIRGINIA...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...IN
MARYLAND...ANNE ARUNDEL...CALVERT...CARROLL...CHARLES...
FREDERICK MD...HARFORD...HOWARD...MONTGOMERY...NORTHERN
BALTIMORE...PRINCE GEORGES...SOUTHERN BALTIMORE AND ST. MARYS.
THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. IN VIRGINIA...ALBEMARLE...

ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA...CULPEPER...FAIRFAX...
FAUQUIER...GREENE...KING GEORGE...LOUDOUN...MADISON...NELSON...
ORANGE...PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK...
RAPPAHANNOCK...SPOTSYLVANIA AND STAFFORD.

* FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE FRIDAY NIGHT

* STRONG LOW PRESSURE WILL AFFECT THE AREA FRIDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT BRINGING MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN. WIDESPREAD
RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 1.5 INCHES ARE EXPECTED THROUGH FRIDAY
NIGHT...WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS OVER 2 INCHES POSSIBLE. THE
RAINFALL COMBINED WITH MELTING SNOW WILL BE CAPABLE OF CAUSING
FLOODING IN URBAN AREAS AS WELL AS SMALL STREAMS AND OTHER POOR
DRAINAGE AND LOW LYING AREAS.

Instructions: A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP

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