From the ABC 7 Weather team

Heavy Rain and Wind Continue

August 28, 2011 - 03:18 AM
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Irene is losing some strength and moving away from the region, we are going to continue to see periods of heavy gusts of wind and rain over the next few hours.

This Morning: Rains Ending; Winds Continue

Temperatures: Near: 70 | :

This Afternoon: Turning Sunny; Still Breezy

Highs: Lower 80s | :

Tonight: Mostly Clear

Lows: Near 60 | :

Hurricane Irene is moving away from the Mid-Atlantic and is beginning to take some of the heavy rainfall away from parts of the area, in particular, the areas south and southwest of the District. Several inches of rain have fallen and heavy rain will continue to fall in locations northeast of D.C., FLOOD WARNINGS have been posted for D.C. and the immediate suburbs surrounding the Beltway until 8 AM. Flood warnings are also in place for Charles, St. Mary's, Anne Arundel, and Calvert Counties in Maryland as upwards of 5 inches of rain have fallen.

Rains will end from south to north this morning and the area will be precipitation free as we approach the noon hour, winds will still remain strong this morning which could work to take down trees and cause more power issues for the region, look for gusts to approach 30-40 miles per hour this morning. 

We will still be breezy this afternoon and Hurricane Irene moves over the Northeast, sunshine returns later today and will be in the forecast for the most of the upcoming work week.

The good news with the forecast, if you are looking for a silver lining, is that high heat and humidity will not be in the area for the next several days so air conditioners will not be needed to remain comfortable (especially because power issues may prevent the running of air conditioners for the next few days).

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