Wednesday’s VIPIR Forecast: Flooding threats on the way

Posted at 5:50 AM, Sep 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-30 05:50:06-04

Several days with rain and wind… A stationary front continues to linger over the Mid-Atlantic. Expect cloudy skies and scattered showers again today. Rain could be heavy at times. Winds will be light today but will crank up again tomorrow. Our big focus for the end of the work week and weekend will be Tropical Storm (soon to be hurricane) Joaquin. It is expected to move to or near the VA/NC coast this weekend. The stationary front plus Joaquin will bring us a major “one-two” flooding punch. We will likely see 4 to 6”+ of rain over the next several days. Combine that with strong NE winds and rough surf and we could see major flooding threats for Friday and the weekend.

Today: Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers(50%). Highs in the low 80s. Winds: SW 5-10

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers(50%). Lows in the upper 60s. Winds: N 5-15

Tomorrow: Mostly Cloudy, Rain(70%), Windy. Highs in the mid 70s. Winds: NE 10-20

Tropical Update

Joaquin is now a hurricane. A hurricane warning is in effect for the Central Bahamas. Sustained winds are near 75 mph with higher gusts. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 125 miles front the center. Joaquin is centered about 245 miles ENE of the Central Bahamas and moving slowly SW at 6 mph. This storm will continue drifting slowly southwest for the next few days before making a sharp northerly turn on Friday. Joaquin could strengthen to a category 2 hurricane by Friday. Joaquin will impact the Mid-Atlantic this weekend.

8:00 AM EDT Wed Sep 30

Location: 24.9°N 72.2°W

Moving: SW at 6 mph

Min pressure: 971 mb

Max sustained: 75 mph

Weather & Health

Pollen: Low (Ragweed, Grasses)

UV Index: 2 (Low)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Very High

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

September 30th

1924 Hurricane; 76 mph winds Norfolk, inland flooding

1959 Tornado: Fluvanna Co

2004 F0 Tornado: Dorchester Co

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