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Forecaster warns of Md., Va. rivers flooding from storm

Tuesday - 10/30/2012, 12:00am  ET

REISTERSTOWN, Md. - The National Weather Service is warning that heavy bands of rain from Sandy could cause "major inland, stream and low-land flooding."

Meteorologist Ken Widelski says the storm is bringing 8 to 10 inches of rain in the Baltimore area and 5 to 10 inches west of Baltimore. That means significant flooding is expected on the Monocacy and Potomac rivers in Maryland, as well as the Rappahannock and Shenandoah rivers in Virginia.

He says it is hard to know how much flooding will occur and when. A lot will depend on how much rain falls in Pennsylvania. Widelski says rains locally could swell rivers immediately, which could then rise further when runoff from locations upstream arrives several days later. That means that there will "be flooding issues for quite a while."

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