DC region braces for flooding as storm brings heavy rainfall

- The latest forecast models show that Hurricane Joaquin appears to be moving further out to sea. However, the D.C. metro area will still experience heavy rain this weekend from an unrelated storm system.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect through Saturday morning with at least 2 to 3 inches of rain expected. Washington, D.C., and much of Maryland and Virginia, will face flooding threats.

DC Water has handed out hundreds of sandbags to residents in the Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park neighborhoods of D.C. concerned about possible flooding at their homes.

In Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan has rescinded the state of emergency in eight counties: Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick, Carroll, Montgomery, Howard, and Prince George’s. The remaining 15 counties and Baltimore City remain under the state of emergency until further notice.

In Laurel, the city is keeping an eye on potential flooding issues with a brand new sensor system that they just installed in the past few weeks. The sensors monitor the river levels and will set off alarms if the water rises to a level that could result in flooding. This would allow the city to alert residents of possible problems.

in Arlington, almost 200 people were reportedly without power Friday evening. This after a huge oak tree fell onto power lines and crashed down onto a UPS truck at around 5 p.m.

Out in the Eastern Shore in Maryland, officials in Ocean City say moderate to severe tidal flooding will continue in the resort community through Monday.

Spokeswoman Jessica Waters says low-lying areas in the city of about 8,000 year-round residents were inundated with nearly five feet of water during the Friday afternoon high tide.

Delmarva Power has disconnected power to areas of Ocean City because of storm surged flooding that submerged some of its electrical infrastructure.

Here are what other local areas are doing to prepare for possible heavy rain and floods:

The National Park Service is closing turf fields and canceling events around the Washington area as the region prepares for the arrival of heavy rain.

Park rangers and U.S. Park Police are clearing storm drains, setting up flood barriers and doing other prep work for major rainfall.

District of Columbia officials have decided against activating the city's Emergency Operations Center for now as Hurricane Joaquin appears to be tracking farther away from the East Coast than originally predicted.
Baltimore's mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said at a news conference Friday morning that the city is making sandbags available to residents and opening two shelters in case people have to be relocated. Officials say they've pre-positioned water rescue teams around the city and reminded motorists to avoid driving into standing water.
Assateague State Park officials closed the day use area Friday morning, instead of waiting until noon as originally planned. In social media postings, parks officials say they're seeing flooding, winds and storm surge and anticipating high tides. Park staffers are continuing to prepare for the storm.
Annapolis officials are scheduled to meet to talk about storm preparations for the weekend.  A spokeswoman for the city says minor flooding could happen around the Annapolis City Dock. City officials are expected to decide at a meeting Friday morning about preparations such as making sandbags available downtown.
The Virginia National Guard plans to have up to 800 personnel in place by Friday night to respond to storm-related events.
In southeastern Virginia, coastal flooding caused by high tides is expected to begin Friday afternoon, prompting plans to give students an early start to the weekend in Hampton City Schools and Isle of Wight County Schools.

Officials caution that Hurricane Joaquin can continue to funnel tropical moisture into the unrelated storm that is in our area from afar and can worsen flooding conditions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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