Tropical Storm Danielle churned up the East Coast on Friday with 65-mph winds, prompting some residents of low-lying areas of Maryland to flee to higher ground.
About 20 residents of St. George Island, Md., in the Potomac River left for several hours after the storm dumped 9 inches of water on roads, said Len Sipes, spokesman for the state Emergency Management Agency. Residents returned later in the evening, he said.Delaware Gov. Michael Castle declared a limited state of emergency in Bethany Beach and parts of Dewey Beach, authorizing the use of the National Guard. Several roads in Maryland and Delaware were closed because of minor flooding, but police reported no major damage.
Residents of waterfront homes in metropolitan New York and workers at Coney Island beaches piled sandbags against rising tides as they braced for the storm.
At 9 p.m. EDT, Danielle was near Salisbury, Md. It was headed north at about 13 mph, with some weakening expected by early Saturday, forecasters said.
A tropical storm warning was posted along the Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey coasts, and up the Chesapeake Bay. A gale warning extended as far north as Rhode Island.
With winds gusting up to 65 mph, Danielle was expected to dump up to 6 inches of rain along the mid-Atlantic coast.
Roslyn will miss Hawaii
Hurricane Roslyn headed for Hawaii on Friday with 75-mph winds, but forecasters predicted it would miss the island chain that was hard hit by Hurricane Iniki.
Coming just two weeks after Iniki battered the island of Kauai, the storm sent jitters through the big island of Hawaii.
"We're being inundated with calls because everyone remembers Hurricane Iniki," said Harry Kim, the county Civil Defense administrator on the island of Hawaii.
By Saturday, the winds were expected to subside to tropical storm force of 65 mph, with gusts up to 80 mph, said Tim Craig of the National Weather Service.