Fred forms in Atlantic

Weekend rains prompt flood watches, tornado hits Washington

BY ZACHARY HOFFMAN | BALTIMORE | September 8, 2009


Tropical Storm Fred formed over Labor Day weekend and has the potential to be a hurricane within the next three days; however, the National Hurricane Center expects the storm to remain far offshore with slow movement north until wind shear and cold water weaken the storm.

Fred is the sixth named storm of the season, and would be the second hurricane.

Storms closer to the coast brought heavy rainfall through Virginia and the Carolinas over the weekend, some areas receiving two to three inches of rain; some areas even reported five inches in a 24-hour period.

An additional two to three inches could fall on the coast of Virginia and North Carolina today, spurring flood watches along some creeks and water channels and flood warnings for areas with poor drainage, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

On the West Coast, a small twister dealt some damage to Enumclaw, Washington, Sunday, knocking down trees and causing power outages to 1,200 Puget Sound Energy Customers.

Roger Thompson of Puget Sound Energy said most customers had power restored within three hours, but about 90 customers needed extensive work that left their lights out until after 9 a.m. following the tornado at 4:30 p.m. the night before.

“It’s a bit unusual to get tornadoes out here,” said Thompson.

Only one or two tornadoes a year are formed in Washington, and for it to be in the western portion of the state is even more of a rarity, according to the NWS.


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