The National Weather Service has issued a Gale Warning that will remain in effect until 7:00 a.m. Wednesday.
The warning affects all of the lower Chesapeake Bay and nearby rivers as well as coastal waters in SE Virginia from Cape Charles to Currituck Beach in NE North Carolina extending 20 miles out to sea.
A wind advisory is also now in effect for Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks portion of Currituck County.
* WINDS: 34 to 47 KNOTS
* WAVES: 4 FEET OR GREATER
Operating a vessel in gale conditions requires experience and properly equipped vessels. It is highly recommended that mariners without the proper experience seek safe harbor prior to the onset of gale conditions.
An area of low pressure making its way up the east coast is expected to bring wind gusts to 45 mph or higher overnight. That will create 3-4 foot waves on the Chesapeake Bay and seas of 5-7 feet on the immediate coastal waters.