Nearly 14 million people were under a warning of coastal flooding early Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
The water level will remain elevated through at least Saturday, it said.
Earlier Friday, strong winds pushed water into Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay, while also moving water inland – causing flooding along the coasts of Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey.
Forecasters predicted that the powerful storm would be one of the most significant tidal floods to occur when sea levels rise well above normal and spill water onto dry land. The water level in parts of the region reached the knee of some residents on Friday.
The Washington Channel – which runs parallel to the Potomac River in Washington, DC – and Alexandria, Virginia, could see a high tide that will bring water levels up to 5 feet above normal around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, the NWS warned. Low-lying areas are the most vulnerable.
The weather service expects part of Washington’s Navy Yard neighborhood to flood. And in the historic old town of Alexandria – which was exposed to flooding on Friday – more misery has been predicted. The coastal flood warning for these areas is effective up to and including 8 ONE SUNDAY.
In anticipation, officials in the city of Alexandria are urging city residents to take precautions.
Floods overtook the streets
In southwestern DC, the municipal fish market at Wharf, which is located along a waterfront, experienced flooding so high that some customers could not even reach some of the stores there.
“It came out of nowhere and we thought we would be prepared, but I think we pretty much got it,” Sanabria told the news media. “We have tied all the boats, we got brand new rigs in the whole boat and tied everything brand new last night.”
Captain White’s Seafood was forced to close Friday as some workers used garbage bags to wade through the water to leave, WUSA reported.
In North Beach, Maryland, waves crashed across the boardwalk.
“It was amazing and powerful to witness, but we are concerned about our neighbors and local businesses being damaged by the waves and floods,” said resident Wendy Bohon.
In Baltimore County, some residents grabbed kayaks to get around.
CNN’s Christina Zdanowicz contributed to this report.