Mid-Atlantic Rivers Swell to Moderate Levels

By , Expert Senior Meteorologist
May 18, 2014; 7:10 AM ET
Share |

Torrential rainfall Thursday into Friday first drove small streams out of their banks and is now leading to flooding of the Potomac River and others in the mid-Atlantic this weekend.

Multiple roads were closed from North Carolina to upstate New York early Friday as a round of heavy rain moved into the area and stalled.

From 2 to 6 inches of rain fell on part of the Potomac River basin late last week and has been enough to cause the waterway to rise.

National Weather Service hydrologists state that minor to moderate flooding is occurring from Point of Rocks, Maryland, to Washington, D.C.

Moderate flooding of the Potomac River around Washington, D.C., will cause unprotected areas of the Washington Harbour to flood.

Farther south, heavy rain fell across portions of southern Virginia and the Carolinas Wednesday night through Thursday, and streams and rivers swelled out of their banks.

Moderate flooding is occurring along parts of the Meherrin River in southeastern Virginia. The Neuse River at Smithfield, North Carolina, reached moderate flood stage earlier this weekend. The Tar River at Tarboro, North Carolina, is also projected to reach moderate flood stage on Tuesday.

RELATED:
Forecast Weather Maps
AccuWeather.com Severe Weather Center
US Flood Monitoring Program Out of 'Crisis Mode' but Still in Jeopardy

People in unprotected areas along the river will need to relocate. Park land and roadways along the river will take on water, and people should avoid these areas until waters recede in the upcoming few days.

Farther north, less intense, less widespread heavy rain has fallen over much of the Susquehanna River Basin. While a significant rise is forecast along much of both branches of the river this weekend, in most cases waters will stop short of moderate flood levels.

The duration and intensity of the rain did not cause flooding on this level as it moved over New England on Saturday.

Only spotty shower activity is forecast through Tuesday in the wake of the heavy rainfall.

Small streams will recede and runoff from streams feeding into the major rivers will diminish allowing the large waterways to crest.

Comments

Comments left here should adhere to the AccuWeather.com Community Guidelines. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.

More Weather News

  • How Did East Coast Blizzard of 2015 Play Out?

    January 29, 2015; 9:19 AM ET

    As it became obvious on Saturday that a major blizzard was going to hit the Northeast, the track and size of the storm became critical as to which areas would be hit the hardest.

  • Late-Week Storm to Target Southern Europe

    January 29, 2015; 9:14 AM ET

    The same storm opening the door for snow showers to stream across the United Kingdom and Ireland will impact southern Europe late in the week.

Loading...

Daily U.S. Extremes

past 24 hours

  Extreme Location
High N/A
Low N/A
Precip N/A

WeatherWhys®

This Day In Weather History

New York City (1780)
Reported temperature of minus 16 degrees; heavy guns brought over ice of Upper Bay from Manhattan to Staten Island.

Washington-Oregon (1921)
Great Olympic Blowdown along Oregon and Washington coasts as hurricane winds confined by mountains overwhelmed forests; wind gusts to 150 mph.

Mid Atlantic/ Northeast (1966)
Strong coastal storm (Jan. 29th-30th). Blizzard conditions with gale-force winds; over 50 deaths, 1-2 feet of snow with drifts to over 10 feet. Snowfall amounts and wind speeds: Washington, DC 12.0 inches Baltimore, MD 12.0 inches Roanoke, VA 17.0 inches West Virginia 12-20 inches Chesapeake Bay 10-16 inches Charlotte, NC 4.4 inches Reading, PA 11.7 inches & 54 mph winds Harrisburg, PA 10.2 inches & 42 mph winds Philadelphia, PA 8.3 inches & 38 mph winds Williamsport, PA 13.0 inches & 32 mph winds Pittsburgh, PA 6.0 inches & 35 mph winds Allentown, PA 11.5 inches & 46 mph winds State College, PA 10.0 inches Newport, PA 16.0 inches