Bay Surge May Not Be Greater Than 3 Feet


REISTERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O’Malley says he’s hopeful the latest forecasts are correct in calling for a Chesapeake Bay tidal surge of no greater than three feet.


O’Malley said in a Saturday night briefing with reporters that forecasters are predicting winds from Hurricane Irene will create a reverse tide as the storm passes through Maryland. If that happens, the storm will pull water out of places like Annapolis and Baltimore, which had a larger than expected surge during Tropical Storm Isabel.


O’Malley says a sort of reverse tidal flow will might make it easier to accommodate the outfalls of places like Jones Falls and other rivers that weather forecasters anticipate will be swollen to their banks because of all the rain that has fallen in smaller tributaries.


(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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