Hurricane “Joaquin” Update

Updated National Weather Service predictions are now showing as much as 11.1 inches of rain in parts of Delmarva in the next seven days as a result of Hurricane Joaquin.

While the track of Hurricane Joaquin is uncertain, the National Weather Service in Philadelphia said Monday there is still potential for heavy rain and coastal flooding in Delaware.

“Whether Joaquin directly impacts the East Coast or not, tropical moisture from Joaquin is expected to increase the potential for heavy rainfall,” the service said. “As a result, forecast rainfall totals have increased, and the potential for inland flooding has increased.”

The National Weather Service station in Wakefield, which covers the Lower Shore and the Eastern Shore of Virginia, said on its Facebook page the morning of Sept. 30 that heavy rain is likely Thursday night into Friday and Friday night.

The current projected path of the storm puts it off Delmarva’s coast at 2 a.m. Monday, however forecasters say it is too early to tell exactly what impact Joaquin will have on land.

“Confidence in the details of the track forecast late in the period remains very low, since the environmental steering currents are complex and not being handled in a consistent manner by the models. Given that a wide range of outcomes is possible, it is too soon to say what impacts, if any, Joaquin will have on the United States,” the National Weather Service said in a discussion published Sept. 30 at 5 a.m.

For the Lower Shore and Eastern Shore of Virginia, go to www.weather.gov/akq/.

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