Charles County Under Flash Flood, Coastal Flood Watch Until Late Friday Evening - Southern Maryland Headline News

Charles County Under Flash Flood, Coastal Flood Watch Until Late Friday Evening

The Charles County Government just released the following Public Safety notice regarding Tropical Storm Ernesto.

Severe weather conditions are anticipated in Charles County from midnight August 31, 2006, to midnight September 1, 2006, from the impacts of Tropical Storm Ernesto.

A flood watch means flooding is possible, but not imminent. During a watch, streams and creeks are expected to rise to near or above bank levels due to excessive rainfall or heavy downpours falling on already saturated ground.

Shallow coastal flooding is possible in the following areas: Cobb Island, Benedict, Allen's Fresh, Port Tobacco, Nanjemoy Creek and Woodland's Road.

Some beach erosion is possible.

Rainfall in the range of 5 to 10 inches throughout the County is expected. Residents living in low-lying areas could expect flooding and should be prepared to relocate to higher ground.

Roadways maybe flooded due to excessive rainfall. Motorists are advised not to attempt to cross flooded roadways.

Wind speeds are anticipated to be in the 15 to 25 mph range.

There is an increased probability of tornadoes associated with this weather system.

The Charles County Emergency Operations Center will activate at 7 a.m. on September 1, 2006.

Please keep tuned to local radio and television stations for weather updates and other emergency information should a warning be issued from the National Weather Service and Charles County Government.

The latest weather direct from the National Weather Service can always be found at

Tropical Storm Ernesto tracking information is available here:

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