Date: 2021-10-30 08:29:36
The National Weather Service reported that nearly 14 million people received a coastal flood warning early Saturday.
She added that water levels would remain high until at least Saturday.
Earlier Friday, strong winds pushed water into the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay, while also carrying water inland — causing flooding along the Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey coasts.
Forecasters had expected the powerful storm to be one of the most significant tidal flooding events, which occur when sea levels rise above normal, spilling water on dry land. Water levels in parts of the area were knee-high for some residents on Friday.
The NWS warned that the Washington Canal — which runs parallel to the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. — and Alexandria, Virginia, could see high tides that will raise water levels 5 feet above normal around 3:30 a.m. ET on Saturday. . Low-lying areas are most at risk.
The Weather Service expects a portion of Washington’s Navy Yard to be inundated. And in the historic old city of Alexandria – which suffered floods on Friday – more misery is to be expected. A coastal flood warning for those areas is in effect until 8 a.m. ET on Sunday.
In anticipation, Alexandria city officials are urging residents to take precautions.
Floods swept the streets
In the southwest of the capital, the local fish market in Wharf, which is located along the waterfront, experienced a flood so high that some customers were not even able to reach some of the stores there.
“It came out of nowhere and we thought we’d be ready, but I think we pretty much got it,” Sanbria told the news magazine. “We tied up all the boats, got new pads all over the boat and tied up everything new last night.”
WUSA reports that Captain White Seafood was forced to close on Friday as some workers used trash bags to peddle in the water to leave.
In North Beach, Maryland, waves crashed over the boardwalk.
“It was surprising and powerful to witness, but we are concerned about our neighbors and local businesses being affected by the waves and floods,” said resident Wendy Bohon.
In Baltimore County, some residents have resorted to kayaking to get their way.
CNN’s Kristina Zidanovich contributed to this report.