Hagerstown, MD News (9/30/2022) – Hurricane Ian is currently a CAT I hurricane, off the coast of South Carolina. The hurricane is moving at 9 MPH, and will result in a rainy, windy weekend for the greater Hagerstown area.
A Wind Advisory is in effect for the central Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains from 4 PM today until 6 AM Saturday. Isolated instances of flooding from rain are possible mainly over central Virginia late tonight. Isolated instances of flooding from rain are possible mainly over central Virginia Saturday through Monday.
Tonight, rain is likely before 2am, then rain and possibly a thunderstorm between 2am and 5am, then rain after 5am. Northeast wind 10 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Tomorrow, rain is likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 11am, then rain likely between 11am and 5pm, then rain likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Breezy, with a northeast wind 18 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Rain will continue for the remainder of the weekend, with a Northeast wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.
While there is a potential for some downed tree limbs, downed trees are not expected.
According to a statement issued on social media, Washington County Emergency Management, the Washington County Highway Department, the Washington County Division of Emergency Services, and several other public safety agencies are all fully prepared to respond to any emergencies that may arise this weekend and early next week.
Residents can learn more about storm and emergency preparedness at the Washington County Government website.
Forecast data from National Weather Service, and subject to change.
Cover photo: Hurricane Ian, September 30, 2022, National Weather Service