TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS
The worst of it for our area is expected to be heavy rains & storms on Tuesday morning 4am through early afternoon (on top of the storms that are expected this afternoon). We are on the outer limits for high winds (20% chance).
The advisory 8/2/20 from the National Hurricane Center indicates, Stafford County has been placed under:
· A Tropical Storm WARNING, in effect until further notice, for the potential of tropical-storm-force winds and/or storm surge flooding of 1 to 3 feet on the tidal Potomac.
· A Coastal Flood Watch, in effect from Tuesday Morning through Tuesday Evening. Moderate coastal flooding is possible at times of high tide Tuesday as Tropical Storm Isaias makes its closest approach to the area.
The previously issued Flash Flood Watch remains in effect.
Significant flash flooding of small streams and creeks is possible Monday night into Tuesday evening as rainfall associated with Tropical Storm Isaias spreads northward. Widespread rainfall totals of 3 to 6 inches are expected with locally higher amounts possible. The highest amounts are expected east of the Blue Ridge Mountains particularly over the I-95 corridor late Monday night through Tuesday. Moderate coastal flooding is also possible at times of high tide Tuesday as Isaias makes its closest approach to the area. Minor wind damage and scattered power outages are also possible.
In Aquia Harbour these types of storms generally manifest in over-flowing culverts, standing water on the road, falling trees, flooded basements and Lions Park being closed when Austin Run exceeds its banks. There will be ample staff onsite to handle whatever comes our way. Please review the attached prep link, stay home if you can, park your car in your garage and charge up your electronics in case we lose power. If you need assistance during the storm you can call the Front Gate/PD at 540-659-5224. If you can’t get through try the Business Office at 540-659-3050 or my cell 703-407-6106.
Be safe Aquia Harbour.
Patricia Harman, AHGM
Update 4:30am Tues 8/4/20
Tue 4:30am. A slight jog to the east is working in our favor but we are still expecting several hours of rain and wind. It should all be out of here by late morning. Tornado watches and warnings probable throughout the morning so please pay attention to local broadcasts.
Update 9:30am Tues 8/4/20
It’s not over yet but we have clearly dodged a bullet (by about 30 miles). Rain totals for us have shifted from 6.4″ to 1.5″ and wind speeds from 29MPH to 12MPH. Though our MD neighbors just across the Potomac River are not so fortunate.
In the Harbour, we are dealing with a downed tree at 2073 Farragut and Austin Run at Lions Park will probably exceed its banks by 11:00a but other than that all roads are passable and we have no reported power outages. Please report any fallen trees or high water to 540-659-5224.
Not bad. Now go away ISAIAS!