Friday’s VIPIR Forecast: Rain, wind and flooding

Posted at 6:08 AM, Oct 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-02 06:08:18-04

Rain, wind and flooding… Widespread rain today will bring several inches of rainfall to the area. Rain will be heavy at times. Watch out for flooding in low lying areas, areas of poor drainage and along our rivers, creeks and streams. Winds will remain very strong from the NE with gusts to 35+ possible. Expect tidal flooding again today with water levels even higher than yesterday. High tides could reach “major” flooding levels today. High tides today will be near the midday and the early afternoon hours. Rain and winds will remain through the weekend, keeping the risk for flooding.

We are still tracking Hurricane Joaquin. The latest forecast track keeps Joaquin off of the NE/VA coast for Sunday and Monday. If the current forecast holds, we will still see strong winds(less than tropical storm strength), rough surf and a risk for coastal flooding.

Today: Cloudy, Rain(100%), Windy. Highs near 70. Winds: NE 15-25G35

Tonight: Cloudy, Rain(80%), Windy. Lows in the upper 60s. Winds: NE 15-25G35

Tomorrow: Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers(60%), Windy. Highs in the upper 70s. Winds: NE 15-25 G30

Tropical Update

Hurricane Joaquin turns NW over the Central Bahamas. Sustained winds are near 130 mph with gusts near 160 mph. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 50 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 205 miles from the center. Joaquin is centered about 45 miles SSW of the San Salvador and moving slowly NW at 3 mph. This storm will continue drifting slowly southwest today over portions of the Central Bahamas. A turn toward the north and an increase in forward speed is expected today. Joaquin will continue north through the weekend and approach NC/VA on Sunday and Monday. The forecast cone has pushed east and no longer includes any part of VA or NC. Joaquin is still a category 4 hurricane but will likely weaken as it moves north over the next few days.

8:00 AM EDT Fri Oct 2

Location: 23.4°N 74.8°W

Moving: NW at 3 mph

Min pressure: 937 mb

Max sustained: 130 mph

Weather & Health

Pollen: Low (Ragweed, Sagebrush)

UV Index: 1 (Low)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Very High

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

October 2nd

1969 F1 Tornado: Bertie Co

1973 F2 Tornado: Accomack Co

1977 Tornado: Virginia Beach

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