AS IDA WEAKENS AS A TROPICAL SYSTEM, HER ENERGY WILL WILL BE TRANSFERED INTO A MAJOR STORM SYSTEM OFF THE SE COAST… THIS STORM MAY CAUSE HUGE PROBLEMS FOR OUR COASTAL AREAS

As Ida pushes ashore along the central Gulf Coast, a transformation is about to take place which could cause major problems for coastal residents along the Southern Mid-Atlantic Coast. Here’s the scenario. Ida loses its tropical characteristics as it moves over land. The rain however will be significant in Northern Alabama, GA. Western N.C. and the surrounding areas. Meanwhile a cold front is about to move through our region. The front will stall and then a low pressure system is expected to develop off the Southeast Coast. This low will entrain the energy from Ida and should become a potent storm system. The pressure gradient between this low and a high building to our north will create very strong NE winds, especially along the coast. The persistent NE winds will raise tides and may cause moderate coastal flooding. This may last for several high tide cycles. Rainfall is expected to be quite heavy and current forecasts call for between 2 and 4 inches of rain here in SE VA. The Outer Banks may get hit especially hard. Winds may gust past 50 MPH along the coast! This may last for a few days so please take precautions if you live along the coast. A high wind watch may be posted and coastal flood watch has already been issued. Tuesday may be the last decent day we have for quite a while. Please monitor your local media for updates. I’ll have an update on Wednesday morning.

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