D.C. area residents can expect heavy rain and flash flooding as Tropical Storm Tacoma nears the coast, and more dangerous flooding and flooding warnings are in effect in many places.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for all areas north of the Beltway, and a warning for the suburbs of the District, which include Arlington, Prince George’s and Fairfax.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority said it was taking precautionary measures to minimize the impact of a major storm surge.
“It’s not a great time to be in the metro area,” said Paul Jaffe, director of weather services for the Metro Washington region.
Tropical Storm Tacomas landfall near D.L.C., Virginia, on Sunday.
(Photo: WUSA9)A major storm is expected to hit the region Saturday, potentially bringing heavy rains and flooding.
Officials in Virginia, Maryland and Washington state are warning residents to stay away from their homes in those areas.
Residents in Washington, D.R., where Tacoma is expected, have been advised to evacuate because of the risk of flooding.
The National Weather Services said Tropical Storms Nate and Matthew could bring up to 6 inches of rain in the region over the weekend, and up to 2 feet of rain.
Heavy rain, heavy winds and flooding is expected through the weekend as Tropical Depression Tacoma makes its way south.
There will be a mandatory evacuation order for the entire District, Virginia, and Virginia Beach, according to the National Weather System Office.
The National Hurricane Center said in a tweet Sunday that it’s possible that the storm could become a Category 3 storm as it approaches the East Coast.
The storm could make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane, with sustained winds of 75 mph or higher and gusts of up to 110 mph.
It could bring heavy rainfall and flash flood warnings in parts of the Eastern Seaboard, Maryland, Virginia and the Virgin Islands.
A storm surge advisory has been issued for parts of Maryland and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay for the weekend.
A tornado watch for the Southeast has been extended to Tuesday, and there’s a tornado watch issued for portions of Alabama and Tennessee for the next two days.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been placed for portions in Georgia and South Carolina.
The warning includes severe thunderstorms and potential damaging winds in some parts of southeastern Georgia and southeastern South Carolina for the first time since a tornado warning was issued on Monday.
The storms also could bring damaging winds and flash floods to parts of Texas and the Texas Panhandle, the National Hurricane Centre said.