Updated: ‘Fairly decent weekend’ weather ahead

DOVER – Thanks to relatively low tides heading into the weekend, the National Weather Service on Friday did not expect additional flooding along the Atlantic Ocean front, Delaware Bay or Delaware River.

That came at the same time water was still expected to be pushed onshore as Hurricane Florence moved inland over the Carolinas, according to the forecast.

The NWS predicted a “fairly decent weekend” coming up, though early next week could become “unsettled as the remnants of Florence lift across the northeast near the area.” Dry conditions will return by midweek.

Occasional showers and drizzle are possible Saturday on Delmarva, according to the NWS, with clouds hanging overhead. Temperatures may warm to the upper 70s and low 80s, with low humidity present.
A cold front may approach late next Friday, with gusty winds joined by scattered showers and thunderstorms looming, the NWS reported.

A small craft advisory remains Saturday with winds diminishing and seas remaining at or above five feet. The advistory may need to be extended through Sunday night, the NWS said.

Dangerous rip currents are possible Saturday, and a high risk warning may be announced.

Dover Air Force Base hosted Air National Guard units Friday as they neared departure to support Florence relief efforts, including personnel from the 106th Rescue Wing, New York Air National Guard, and the 176th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard.

“Dover AFB has been asked to support Hurricane Florence relief efforts,” 436th Airlift Wing Commander Col. Joel Safranek said.

“This means we are actively working with Guard units from across the country to prepare for any rescue or recovery efforts following the impact of Hurricane Florence. Guardsmen from several states are here on standby to assist the impacted areas.

“As a Total Force team, we will continue to provide hope and relief to our fellow Americans and, when called upon, will support in any way we are capable.”

DAFB provided staging to C-130 search and rescue aircraft, HH-60 helicopters and C-17 cargo aircraft.

Blood donations needed

Citing concern about Florence making landfall Friday, the Blood Bank of Delmarva issued a plea for donation following a call from the American Association of Blood Banks:

“We’re calling on all residents in Delmarva and surrounding areas to donate blood and platelets today and over the weekend as Hurricane Florence leaves many Americans in danger. In emergency situations, local blood supplies often reach critical lows and blood centers across the country are relied upon to help fill in the gaps.

“A continuous blood supply is vital to ensure that all areas, hospitals and patients impacted by the hurricane have access to the emergency blood they need. Now is the time for everyone to step up – and by taking one hour to donate blood, you can help save a life.”

According to the local blood bank, donated blood is perishable; red cells last for 42 days, platelets last for 5 days, and plasma can be frozen for up to a year. In order to maintain a safe blood supply, a seven-day inventory of all blood types must be continually replenished.

Donations can be made by those in good health, at least 17 years old (16 years old with written consent from parent or legal guardian) and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donors over age 76 must have a letter from a physician.

The BBD urged donors to walk in to any of their centers or call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 to make an appointment. Donors can also make an appointment online at donate.bbd.org.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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