WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Geological Survey issued a warning Thursday to state and federal agencies about the potential for landslides from Hurricane Isabel's heavy rainfall.
The warning was specifically issued for the mountainous regions of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York.
USGS landslide expert Gerald Wieczorek said: "Given the wet soil conditions we already have in many of these areas, the risk of fast-moving landslides is significant. Residents in landslide-prone areas and anyone in mountainous areas should be aware of the warning signs and be prepared to move quickly."
Wieczorek said intense rains have triggered previous landslides in the areas: "In August 1969, the remnants of Hurricane Camille, moving eastward across the Appalachian Mountains from the Gulf Coast, dumped at least 28 inches of rain within an eight-hour period. Landslides and severe floods claimed 150 lives. Property damage was estimated at more than $116 million in Nelson County, Va."