The Warning begins at 10 p.m. Thursday and continues through 10 a.m. Friday. And more rain is on the way for Wednesday, with highs around 47 and gusty winds. A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. North winds will be 22 to 28 miles per hour, with gusts up to 46. The Nor'easter won't bring any snow to the D.C. area, "but it is going to really crank up the winds around here". Lightweight outdoor objects such as patio furniture and garbage cans should be secured; outages should be reported to JCP&L at 1-888-544-4877. The most widespread rain will be to the North of the state line.
"The rain looks like it will be fairly constant, but the rain itself doesn't look like it will be all that heavy", Ritter said.
Meteorologists forecast a low-pressure area moving into the region Thursday that was expected to intensify as it headed toward New England by Saturday.
Looking ahead, the weekend will bring slow clearing Saturday. Always consider them energized and unsafe, even if you do not see sparks or hear the lines snapping.
Travel will also be hard, especially for trucks, vans and other high-profile vehicles.
The nor'easter will also cause coastal flooding for Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore late Friday into Saturday, with water levels 1.5 to 2.5 feet above the normal high tides, according to the National Weather Service.
The flood watch runs from Friday through Saturday mornings.
Motorists are also reminded to be extra careful.
If a power line falls across a vehicle that you're in, stay in the auto.
The storm has already knocked down trees and branches.