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SALEM, Va. (AP) - Officials hope rain will extinguish immediate concerns about wildfires in southwestern Virginia.

Ed Stoots of Virginia's Forestry Department says most fires are out after weeks of work by fire crews. He said rain expected through Wednesday night could fully resolve current worries.

Since mid-October, fire crews have battled 160 blazes that have burned nearly 5,400 acres. More than 400 homes and structures were saved, although four homes and 22 structures suffered damage.

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Snow Hill Road near Mt. Olive Branch intersection is about to reopen since its closure in late September.

Route 12 was hit by flooding after a deluge of rain during a three day period starting September 29th.   

And it has been closed due to standing water ever since.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there was an extensive pipe replacement project at the Mt. Olive Branch delayed reopening that section.

The roadway should be open to traffic beginning tomorrow.

Heavy Rains Hit Delmarva

Sep 30, 2016
Don Rush

More than 12 inches of rain hit Sussex County yesterday with a coastal flood watch this morning and a flash flood watch warning.

Areas include include the counties of Worcester, Wicomico, Sussex, Kent Delaware, and Caroline.

The heaviest rains hit the eastern portion of the county with strong winds whipping through the region.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Harbeson received the highest rainfall of just over 12 inches with Stockely coming in at just over 9 inches.

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THERE'S A HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM UNTIL 7 PM THIS EVENING.
    
TODAY -- PARTLY SUNNY. A 20% CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS LATE. HIGHS IN THE MID 90'S. SOUTH WINDS 10 TO 15 MPH.
HEAT INDEX VALUES UP TO 107.

TONIGHT -- MOSTLY CLEAR. A 20% CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE EVENING. HUMID WITH LOWS IN THE UPPER 70'S. SOUTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 MPH. HEAT INDEX VALUES UP TO 101 IN THE EARLY EVENING HOURS.
 

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - Environmental officials say millions of gallons of sewage have flowed in the Patapsco River after a line broke during flooding in Ellicott City.

Jay Apperson is a spokesman for the Department of the Environment. He tells The Baltimore Sun that about 5 million gallons per day of sewage have poured into the Sucker Branch tributary of the Patapsco.

Apperson says the break came in Ellicott City when the town took on 6.5 inches of water within hours Saturday night. The broken line was not discovered until Tuesday.

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Rain is suspected to be the main cause of a sinkhole that was 3 feet by 6 feet wide and 3 feet deep which showed up on Route 90 into Ocean City.

It showed up in the right lane of traffic and a portion of the shoulder just as the Assawoman Bay Bridge hits the land on the bay side of Ocean City.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that traffic backed up for those trying to leave the resort while authorities got the vehicles coming into the city moved off the highway and onto detours.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials have issued a water quality advisory at Rehoboth Beach after high levels of bacteria were found in the water.

Rehoboth Beach City Manager Sharon Lynn says that while swimming isn't banned, warning signs were posted Thursday on the back of lifeguard stands. The beach and ocean remain open.

Elevated bacteria levels were shown in a water sample taken Wednesday, the day before the Rehoboth area got over an inch of rain.

Don Rush

While there was some treacherous road conditions in Delaware yesterday the total number of accidents were lower than expected.

Sussex County police said they saw 50 with damage to the vehicle and only one injury.

WBOC reports that most of these occurred between 8 a.m. and noon.

Delaware State Police say most of this was due to the holiday on Monday.

More Snow on the Way

Jan 19, 2016
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The snow may be melting from the weekend but the National Weather Service says to expect the snow to return by Thursday night.

The outlook calls for hazardous weather conditions in Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties and the Eastern Shore of Virginia from Thursday through Saturday.

Sussex County is also expected to be under hazardous weather conditions northward.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Friday afternoon is expected to turn into a mix of snow and rain.

The Rain's Coming

Sep 30, 2015
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There could be as much as 11 inches of rain to hit the  Delmarva peninsula over the next week as Hurricane Joaquin heads northward.

The National Weather Service says there could be coastal flooding along with heavy rains.

For the lower part of the Maryland Eastern Shore the Salisbury Daily Times reports that forecasters say to expect heavy rain Thursday through Friday night.

The paper also reports that forecasters believe Joaquin could be off the Delmarva coast by 2 a.m. on Monday morning.

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The water advisory has ended at Cove Road Beach where bacteria levels had shown higher than normal levels.

The beach was closed on June 25.

But the results from yesterday’s sampling found those levels have gone down.      

The higher bacteria levels were attributed to storm water from heavy rains.

Wicomico County Health Department officials are reminding swimmers and others involved in water activities to be aware of the impact from heavy rains.  

Roaring Point beach remained open for swimming. 

Firefly Music Festival Makes History

Jun 22, 2015
Angela Byrd

Despite the downpour, high winds and lightning the  Firefly Music Festival saw some 90-thousand show up for the event.

After the weather shutdown the music festival’s acts around 10 p.m. Saturday night by Sunday morning the sun had come out and the fans came streaming in.

Saturday’s cancelation saw at least six acts including the Kings of Leon who did not make it to the stage.

On Friday, former Beatle Paul McCartney headlined the evening playing for some three hours.

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The snow is coming, again.

The National Weather Service is expected 2-to-3 inches of snow to blanket parts of Delaware through midnight on Saturday.

For the Wilmington area the snow is expected to begin tomorrow evening and continue overnight.

During the day on Saturday residents and travelers should expect the precipitation should shift to sleet and rain.

Further south in Sussex County there could be as much as an inch of snow accumulation.

 

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is opening what it says is one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the world.

The Brock Environmental Center's grand opening is set for Friday in Virginia Beach.

The center near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay will be home to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's environmental education programs. The center will also provide space for other local conservation partners.

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Much of Delaware was drenched in rain yesterday and early this morning with three inches in some locations.

The heaviest showers hit New Castle County just before 10 p.m.

By early this morning just over 3 inches had been reported in Middletown and Blackbird.

Delaware got less rain than had parts of New Jersey and the Maryland Eastern Shore.

In Queen Anne’s county ten inches hit the towns of Queenstown and Grasonville.

WBOC reported that several roads were washed out.

In some places there was four feet of water in Grasonville.

Don Rush

The recent rains have come in just in time for the corn on the Eastern Shore.

The US Department of Agriculture says the cold front bringing in scattered showers and temperatures in the 80’s later this week are good news for farmers.

And the rain comes just as the corn crop is “silking”, that is, preparing for pollination to create the kernels.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the USDA says in Delaware 68 percent of the crop is in excellent or good condition.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A storm dumping heavy rain is complicating travel and knocking out power in the mid-Atlantic region.

The National Weather Service issued flash flood watches and warnings around the region through Friday afternoon.

Emergency officials reported rescues of motorists stranded in high water and flooded roads were reported in low-lying areas including Annapolis' waterfront in Maryland, Old Town Alexandria in Virginia and along Rock Creek in Washington.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A storm bringing heavy rain and flooding is complicating travel and knocking out power in the mid-Atlantic region.

The National Weather Service has issued flash flood watches and warnings around the region through Friday afternoon.

Transportation officials around the region are closing flooded roads as heavy rains move through early Friday and emergency officials are reporting rescues of motorists stranded in high water.

The Maryland Transit Administration is suspending service on MARC's Brunswick line because of trees on the track.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland officials are urging travelers to watch out for the possibility of flooding across the state in coming days.

State Highway Administrator Melinda Peters said Tuesday that Maryland may be in the path of several storms that have already caused damage in other states, so officials are tracking the storms carefully. The National Weather Service is forecasting the potential for flooding throughout the state.

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The cold weather is expected to be back on the Delmarva Peninsula.

On the Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore and south into Virginia a wind child advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for 1 a.m Tuesday running through noon tomorrow.

Wind chill values could hit minus 5 to 10 with west winds of up to 25 mph and gusts as high as 30 mph.

Associated Press reports that Delaware officials are warning of dangerous driving conditions as temperatures drop and melting snow and rain freeze on roads.

Wind and Rain On The Way

Nov 26, 2013
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Get out the umbrellas.

Showers are expected to move into the region by late this afternoon.

And, by Thanksgiving Day Delawareans could have seen as much as 4 inches of rain.

Also there will be a wind advisory in the lower part of Delaware beginning around 10 p.m. tonight with gusts as high as 50 mph.

In northern Delaware this afternoon could see winds of up to 20 mph with gusts as high as 30 mph.

By Thanksgiving a high pressure system is expected to bring sunny skies and breezy temperatures in the mid-to-upper 30’s.

Don Rush

Heavy Rain

It’s wet on the highways today with a crash that is causing major delays on the southbound Delaware route 1 south to Tybouts Corner.

The Wilmington News Journal is reporting that one lane is closed…with traffic moving around 8 mph.

Meanwhile, heavy rain has hit Delaware with DelDOT reporting flooding at the Delaware Route 1 and 1A junction in the Rehoboth Beach Area in addition to a serve road.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The rainy spring and early summer has stalled the cutting of hay and prevented tobacco plants from setting deep roots.

But cooperative extension agents say the wet weather hasn't been all bad. Extension crop and soil sciences agent Stephen Barts says the rain has been good for soybean and corn crops.

On the negative side, wheat cutting was lagging because rain and high humidity. The combination is bad for harvesting the grain.

The longer wheat remains in the field, grain's quality declines.

Don Rush

It was the wettest June on record for Salisbury this year.

At the Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport registered nearly 10 inches of rain.

In Downtown Salisbury it was higher at just over 11 inches.

June’s rainy weather included the impact of a derecho as well as remnants Tropical Storm Andrea.

All of this could threaten local crops that are already in the ground.

Those like cucumbers squashes and other vegetables are susceptible to mildew and other diseases.

And wheat kernals could also shrink after getting water soaked.

Essay: Rain Whispers

Apr 13, 2013
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It is said the  April showers bring May flowers. But, Delmarva Public Radio essayist George Merrill writes, if you listen closely you can here the rain whispers.