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Storm remnants bring rain

The remnants of Tropical Storm Ernesto continued their northward churn over the weekend, prompting flood watches in many states.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | September 2, 2006

The remnants of Tropical Storm Ernesto continued their northward churn over the weekend, prompting flood watches in many states.

The mid-Atlantic states and central Appalachians could see rainfall totals of 3 to 6 inches, with 40 mph wind gusts. Rain and wind will head northward through Pennsylvania and then upstate New York and parts of western and southern New England this weekend.

Northern Delaware received up to four inches of rain.

The National Weather Service was able to cancel a flash flood watch for parts of Delaware and Maryland. Though Ernesto will continue to bring heavy rain to that region, there will not be widespread flooding, forecasters said.

Meanwhile, other areas were coping with power outages and road closures.

In North Carolina, about 20,000 people were without power, and about 300 people were taking refuge in shelters across the state.

Nearly 300,000 people were without power in Virginia. More than 80 people were housed in storm shelters in the Hampton Roads area. About 200 people were evacuated from Battery Park in Richmond.

More than 1,000 people were without power in the District of Columbia.

South Carolina reported minimal damage from the storm. In Florida, where the storm made a double landfall, about 10 people were still in a shelter in Glade City.


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