NEW YORK, August 4 – Tropical storm Isaias in its path left hundreds of thousands of people without electricity this Tuesday in the greater Washington region. In addition to a deceased person, the fatal incident occurred after a tree fell on a moving vehicle.
Despite the force with which the tropical storm hit other states, the nation’s capital avoided most of the storm as it spread across the east coast.
As reported by the Post, more than 400,000 utility customers in Virginia and Maryland reported losing power while Isaias moved through the Mid-Atlantic, dropping torrential rain in parts of the region.
The outages were concentrated in southeastern Virginia, which was hit hard in winds of up to 70 mph, coupled with heavy downpours, hours after the storm arrived and settled in North Carolina.
Through the National Security and Emergency Management Agency, the National Weather Service issued a flood warning early in the morning for the District of Columbia, which the report said would remain after 2:00 p.m. Doppler radar indicated heavy rains, which caused major flooding. Up to two inches of water has fallen so far, and the number is likely to rise.
In its latest report, the National Weather Service decided to extend its flood alert to the northwest area of the District of Columbia, leaving 5:30 PM as the maximum time. To consult in real-time the weather forecast and the partial closures of the roads due to the tropical storm, visit: https://hsema.dc.gov/
“Reports indicate that flood conditions continue throughout Rock Creek,” which is why local authorities asked residents to stay vigilant and avoid moving under these weather conditions, thereby helping officers avoid unfortunate incidents such as today’s death.