THE HISTORIC NOR’EASTER WILL SLOWLY WIND DOWN ON FRIDAY… THE SUN MAY MAKE AN APPEARANCE ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY SHOULD BE MUCH NICER…

The low pressure system that has caused the high winds, heavy rain and coastal flooding is slowly weakening and moving away. However, the key word here is slowly. It is still a very formidable storm and is still close by. On Thursday evening, Oceana Air Station in VA Beach reported a wind gust of 75 MPH!!! There was about an hour of incredibly strong winds across Hampton Roads which resulted in many of the power outages across our area. I could see flashes in the sky which was not lightning. It was power lines and trasnformers being affected by the strong winds. The tides will slowly come down as the winds subside today and tomorrow. Howver, the damage has already been done. Downtown Norfolk was hit very hard with flooding. Many neighborhoods are under water including many roads. The Outer Banks were hit hard and several houses have been damaged or destroyed. The interesting thing about this storm is that it is not moving northeastward away from our area. It is  moving very slowly so conditions will only slowly improve.  We still have  plenty of wind to come but the winds shouldn’t be as strong as they were on Thursday. Remember, the low is over the Gulf Stream which is still very warm so it the storm is still able to tap into the energy and moisture. I’m watching on the radar a large area of rain moving westward towards the coastline and I’m wondering if it will make it here. Estimates are that we received between 9 and 13 inches of rain so far. My gauge, which has a capacity of 5 inches, overflowed so I don’t know exactly what fell in my backyard. So, although the worst is over, we still have plenty of storminess to go today. I’ll have an update on Saturday morning.

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