Hurricane Florence’s impacts in D.C. area do not appear significant


Courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Potential rainfall from Hurricane Florence.

Devan Fink, Online Editor-in-Chief

As Hurricane Florence approaches the Carolinas with potentially unprecedented damage coming along with it, many in the Washington, D.C. area have wondered what impacts could be headed their way.

In short: the worst is will likely stay south, according to the Washington Post. At least for now.

Latest models have Fairfax County receiving about three inches of rain through Sept. 18. This would not cause catastrophic effects of the same magnitude that are expected in North and South Carolina, but it could still could be a significant disturbance.

The Fairfax County government has updated its Hurricane Florence Impact Report regularly in order to reflect recent forecasts.

Here was the government’s latest emergency update:

The latest models and forecasts show Hurricane Florence tracking farther south of Fairfax County, potentially decreasing its impact locally.

Rain is still expected and flooding conditions may occur in the coming days, so we’re not out of preparedness mode yet for this storm. Hurricane forecasts and tracks can change, so please remain vigilant and prepared.

Weather models have had the storm trending southward since Monday, but they could still edge back northward. However, if the storm continues to trend south, Fairfax County could be generally face few, if any, effects.

For now, it’s hard to know with complete certainty what will happen with Hurricane Florence. What the models have agreed on, and have agreed on for quite some time, is that North and South Carolina should be prepared for the worst. Other than that, everything remains up in the air.