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Prepare for a wet a.m. commute

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Flooding on Sligo Creek Parkway on Thursday, Aug. 12. (Bill O'Leary/The Post)

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for much of the Washington area for Wednesday. With three inches of rain possible in some areas, The Post's Capital Weather Gang says that means Washingtonians could be in for a messy commute.

Drivers may have to contend with flooded roads, and if recent storms are any guide, there's always the possibility of darkened intersections due to power outages -- remember to treat those as four-way stops -- and even disruptions in Metro and commuter rail service. Remember how the Cleveland Park Station flooded last week?

Drive with caution, especially in areas that are prone to flooding. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency:
-- Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars and may cause you to lose control or stall.
-- A foot of water will float many vehicles.
-- Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles -- even SUVs and pickups.

The District is also offering free sandbags to residents.

If you're flying Wednesday, the FAA and the airports advise that you check with your airline for how your flight might be affected by the weather.

Airlines serving BWI
Airlines serving Dulles
Airlines serving Reagan National

Check with the Dr. Gridlock blog in the morning for the latest updates on road and transit conditions. Here are some additional resources:

Live Traffic Map | Capital Weather Gang | Radar Map | Share your photos | NOAA Flood Safety

Post coverage of recent storms:

July 26 | Aug. 6 | Aug. 13

By Michael Bolden  | August 17, 2010; 2:26 PM ET
Categories:  Commuting, Driving, Traffic Safety  
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Comments

Sounds like fun. Might be a good day to bike, if I can stand getting soaked.

Posted by: krickey7 | August 17, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

hope'n PEPCO has it's crews in Ohio, on standby- in case the wind blows.

Posted by: Hattrik | August 17, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

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