FORECASTERS ARE PREDICTING A VERY SIGNIFICANT NOR’EASTER FOR HAMPTON ROADS WHICH COULD LAST THROUGH FRIDAY… SEVERAL WATCHES AND WARNINGS ARE NOW IN EFFECT… IMPROVEMENT IS EXPECTED OVER THE WEEKEND

As a low pressure system takes shape off of the Southeast Coast, our winds are expected to slowly increase throughout Wednesday. Rainfall rates are also expected to increase. The increasing northeasterly winds will result in coastal flooding at times of high tides. It is expected that each high tide will be higher than the last so as we get into Thursday and Friday, significant coastal flooding is expected. A High Wind Warning has been issued for most of the counties on the water with Wind Advisory further inland. A Flash Flood Watch has also been issued for most of our counties. How bad will it get and how will it compare to other notable nor’easters that have impacted Hampton Roads? Right now, forecasters believe that although it probably will not be the worst we’ve ever seen, conditions will be quite severe. If your neighborhood normally floods in storms that produce high tides, odds are that you will see flooding from this event. It is really impossible to say exactly how bad it will get. As the winds increase later today, power outages are a distinct possibility. The reason for the high winds is the pressure gradient between the developing low pressure system (which has some of the energy and moisture from once Hurricane Ida) and a high pressure system to our north. This “squeeze play” will produce strong NE winds, especially along the coast and offshore. A Storm Warning has been issued for our coastal waters. The Outer Banks will be an area that will have to be closely watched. There are some homes that are vulnerable to high seas and some dunes may be destroyed or weakened. All in all, it’s going to be a very stormy couple of days for SE VA and NE NC so please stay tuned to the local media for updates.

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