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UPDATE 9/5/2019 5:00 a.m.:

**Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for St. Mary`s County Maryland** 

NEW INFORMATION 

--------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - None * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for St. Marys * STORM INFORMATION: - About 550 miles south-southwest of Baltimore MD or about 530 miles south-southwest of Annapolis MD - 31.7N 79.5W - Storm Intensity 115 mph - Movement North or 10 degrees at 8 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ The center of Hurricane Dorian is expected to pass well southeast of Point Lookout MD Friday afternoon. However, there is the potential for hazardous impacts to extend into Saint Marys County and adjacent waters. There is the potential for strong winds to spread onshore beginning Friday morning continuing through Friday night. Onshore winds ahead of Dorian are expected to raise water levels along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and lower tidal Potomac River. Minor tidal flooding is expected. Moderate tidal flooding of shoreline areas is possible, especially on Saturday. Rainfall will likely reach southern Maryland, but flooding from rainfall is not expected at this time.

.TROPICAL STORM WATCH IN EFFECT…

A Tropical Storm Watch means tropical-storm-force winds are possible
somewhere within this area within the next 48 hours

LOCATIONS AFFECTED

  • St Marys

WIND

LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Below tropical storm force wind

  • Peak Wind Forecast: 20-30 mph with gusts to 40 mph

POTENTIAL THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Potential for wind 39 to
57 mph

PLAN: Plan for hazardous wind of the equivalent tropical storm
force due to possible forecast changes in track, size, or
intensity.

PREPARE: Efforts to protect property should now be underway. Prepare for limited wind damage.

ACT: Act now to complete preparations before the wind becomes hazardous.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited

  • Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored mobile homes. Unsecured lightweight objects are blown about.
  • Many large tree limbs broke off. A few trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow-rooted. Some fences and roadway signs have blown
    over.
  • A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within urban or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways.
  • Scattered power and communications outages.

STORM SURGE

  • No storm surge inundation forecast

POTENTIAL THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Little to no storm surge
flooding

PLAN: There is little to no threat of storm surge flooding.
Rough surf, coastal erosion, and life-threatening rip currents are possible.

PREPARE: Little to no preparations for storm surge flooding are needed.

ACT: Follow the instructions of local officials. Monitor forecasts.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Little to None

  • Little to no potential impacts from storm surge flooding.

FLOODING RAIN

LATEST LOCAL FORECAST:

Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional around 1 inch

POTENTIAL THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Little or no potential
for flooding rain

PLAN: There is little or no potential for flooding rain.

PREPARE: Little to no preparations are needed to protect against flooding rain at this time.

ACT: Monitor for changes to the forecast.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Little to None

  • Little to no potential impacts from flooding rain.

TORNADO

LATEST LOCAL FORECAST:

  • The situation is unfavorable for tornadoes

POTENTIAL THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Tornadoes not expected

PLAN: Tornadoes are not expected. Showers and thunderstorms with gusty winds may still occur.

PREPARE: Little to no preparations needed to protect against tornadoes at this time. Keep informed of the latest tornado situation.

ACT: Listen to changes in the forecast.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Little to None

  • Little to no potential impacts from tornadoes.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://ready.gov/hurricanes

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...