CHESAPEAKE BAY, Va. – Strong onshore winds are starting to pile water into the Mid-Atlantic bays leading to significant flooding during high tide. Water levels are expected to be as much as 4 feet above what is normally dry ground.
Winds of up to 60 mph are expected to lash the Mid-Atlantic which is caught between a low-pressure system in the Ohio Valley and a high-pressure system over Quebec. The high winds will kick water back into the bays causing a high tide flood risk.
The Maryland National Guard has staged approximately 20 soldiers on state active duty and 10 vehicles at the Easton and Salisbury armories as a precaution in case they are needed.
"We are asking all Marylanders and visitors to our state to take this weather seriously and take precautions to remain safe, especially if you are in low-lying areas prone to flooding," Governor Larry Hogan said. "We will continue to closely monitor the storm, and coordinate our response across state and local agencies throughout the weekend."
FOX Weather’s Katie Bryne took this footage in Cambridge, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay.
Around the Chesapeake Bay, the water could approach levels not seen since Hurricane Isabel in 2003. Some locations could experience flooding for eight straight high tides -- an exceptionally long duration. The worst of the high tides and greatest flood risk will occur from Friday afternoon and very early Saturday morning.
Footage released by the city of Annapolis, Maryland, shows flooding on Dock Street near the city’s waterfront.
Several streets in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, were closed Friday due to flooding. The police department there posted photos to Twitter showing the rising water levels.
Jason Mitchell posted photos to Twitter from Solomons, Maryland, and said the town looked more like it was "sitting on the Gulf Coast with an approaching hurricane than a town in Southern Maryland.
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"At the time I took these photos, high tide was about an hour away," he said.
Videos filmed by Twitter user @KoolKreepKKR shows flooding in Babylon, New York, on Thursday.
The worst of the high tides and greatest flood risk will occur from Friday afternoon and very early Saturday morning.