Monday Update: Isaias takes aim at Delmarva

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Tropical Storm Isaias is forecasted to move up the East Coast, with heavy weather expected on Delmarva Tuesday.

CAMBRIDGE — Public safety officials and residents of the Eastern Shore spent the last few days castin wary eyes southwards as Tropical Storm Isaias prepared to move up the coast. Probability cones for days plotted a course narrow and straight along the coast, forecasting high winds and 3-5 inches of rain on Delmarva.

The National Hurricane Center issued advisories on Tropical Storm Isaias, with graphics on Monday showing it passing directly over Dorchester County.

A statement Sunday from the Dorchester County Department of Emergency Services said, “Based on the latest call we participated in today, we know this about Tropical Storm Isaias:

  1. We could see winds gusts up to approx 50 mph with sustained winds 25-40 mph
  2. We could see 3-6 inches of rain with higher local totals possible
  3. Timing of the storm for our area is late Monday night through Tuesday night and may linger into Wednesday morning
  4. Flooding and surge remain very uncertain for our area and is predicted to be minor to moderate — THIS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE as the track becomes more defined
  5. We are expecting the track to be somewhere over Maryland and not out in the ocean–THIS IS NOT CLEARLY DEFINED as of yet!
  6. A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for our area
    Please continue to be mindful that we have a system to watch that will impact our area. Continue to monitor your local weather stations, keep checking this page for updates, and Dorchester Banner facebook page has updates as well. Please plan and prepare early.
    “A statement Monday from the National Hurricane Center said, “Heavy rainfall will result in flash and urban flooding, some of which may be significant in the eastern Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic, through Tuesday night near the path of Isaias up the East Coast. Widespread minor to moderate river flooding is possible across portions of the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic.”
    The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) encourages all Marylanders to monitor Hurricane Isaias and make plans now in case the storm impacts the Mid-Atlantic region. Forecasters remain uncertain about the exact track of the storm, but some models show it will affect parts of Maryland as soon as Monday evening as it moves northward. The range of hazards that could affect Maryland is still broad — ranging from little impact, to Isaias bringing flooding rains and tropical storm force winds to central and eastern Maryland.
    “Now is the time to make sure you are ready for possible effects from Hurricane Isaias,” MEMA Executive Director Russ Strickland said. “The COVID-19 pandemic adds another layer of complexity during a tropical storm or hurricane, and that means there may be changes to normal evacuation and sheltering plans.”
    For information on preparations including how to build an emergency kit or to identify an evacuation zone, visit news.maryland.gov.mema.
    Officials across Delmarva are also monitoring the situation.
    “Delawareans, especially along coastal areas, should know their evacuation route in case it is required,” a statement from the Delaware Emergency Management Agency said. “You can see the evacuation routes on the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) website at deldot.maps.arcgis.com. Monitor the situation for evacuation orders from local and state emergency agencies to determine if and when to evacuate. Make sure to have a full tank of gas. Options are limited in some sections of Route 1, and you don’t want to stop unless necessary.”
    To receive the latest updates, visit hurricanes.gov.