DC metro area: After widespread flooding, no relief at this time as 14 million people remain on high alert
Nearly 14 million people were on alert for coastal flooding early Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
Water levels would remain high until at least Saturday, he said.
Earlier Friday, strong winds pushed water into Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay, while moving the water inland, causing flooding along the coasts of Maryland, Virginia, of Delaware and New Jersey.
Forecasters expected the powerful storm to be one of the most significant tidal events, which occurs when sea level rises well above normal, dumping water onto dry land. . Water levels in parts of the region hit the knees of some residents on Friday.
The Washington Channel – which runs along the Potomac River in Washington, DC – and Alexandria, Virginia, could see a high tide that will bring water levels up to 5 feet above normal around 3:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, warned the NWS. . Low areas are the most at risk.
The weather service expects part of Washington’s Navy Yard to be flooded. And in the historic old town of Alexandria – which suffered flooding on Friday – more misery is expected. The coastal flood warning for these areas is in effect until 8 a.m. ET Sunday.
In anticipation, officials in the city of Alexandria are urging residents to take precautions.
Floods have invaded the streets
In southwest DC, the Municipal Wharf Fish Market, which sits along a waterfront, experienced such severe flooding that some customers couldn’t even reach some of the shops there.
“It came out of nowhere and we thought we would be prepared, but I think we pretty much got it,” Sanabria told the outlet. “We have all of the boats tied up, we have brand new rigs all over the boat and everything moored brand new last night.”
Captain White’s Seafood was forced to close on Friday as some workers used trash bags to wade through the water to leave, WUSA reported.
In North Beach, Maryland, waves crashed into the boardwalk.
“It was amazing and powerful to watch, but we are worried about our neighbors and local businesses being damaged by waves and flooding,” said resident Wendy Bohon.
In Baltimore County, some residents have relied on kayaks to get around.
CNN’s Christina Zdanowicz contributed to this report.