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May 17, 2011

Western Shore now under coastal flood warning

The flood watch posted earlier today for Maryland's Western Shore has become a Coastal Flood Warning, with water along the bay and tidal creeks expected to rise 1 to 2 feet or higher at high tides tonight and Wednesday, enough to cause minor to moderate flooding.

In Annapolis, which has seen flooding at the usual low spots around the City Dock in the past week, Mayor Joshua Cohen has reminded residents and business owners that sandbags will remain available for the next few days, until the flood threat finally goes away.

Cohen said the high tides could rise 3 feet or more above normal levels as persistent southeasterly winds keep water bottled up in the upper bay.

The sandbags are available in two locations: the 2nd Street Pumping Station in Eastport, and at Mills Liquors and Market House at the City Dock.

The Coastal Flood Warning is in effect from midnight tonight until noon Wednesday. Coastal Flood Advisories remain in effect before and after those times, and until 6 a.m. Thursday. Here's more from the NWS on tide times:

"HERE ARE THE TIMES OF THE NEXT HIGH TIDES
FOR A FEW LOCATIONS FROM NORTH TO SOUTH...
ON THE CHESAPEAKE BAY...
HAVRE DE GRACE...10:30 PM AND 11:07 AM...
BOWLEY BAR...8:08 PM AND 8:45 AM...
FORT MCHENRY BALTIMORE...7:17 PM AND 7:54 AM...
ANNAPOLIS U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY...5:47 PM AND 6:24 AM...
CHESAPEAKE BEACH...4:30 PM AND 5:07 AM...
SOLOMONS ISLAND...2:39 PM AND 3:16 AM...
POINT LOOKOUT...2:26 AM AND 2:43 PM...

"NOW ALONG THE POTOMAC RIVER...
ALEXANDRIA...9:13 PM AND 9:25 AM...
INDIAN HEAD...8:41 PM AND 8:53 AM..."

Much of Maryland is also under a Flash Flood Watch as showers and thunderstorms capable of dumping 1 to 2 inches of rain approach the region later today. The watch is in effect until 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Posted by Frank Roylance at 3:08 PM | | Comments (0)
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Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff
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