First Warning Forecast: More rain and flooding, but gradual clearing is in sight

Posted at 1:21 PM, Sep 21, 2016

***An Areal Flood Warning is in effect for Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and most of Northeastern North Carolina through this afternoon. Several inches of rain have fallen and high tide early this afternoon will make it difficult for standing water to recede. Additionally, some locations will experience an additional ½” to 1” of rain. Expect flooding to continue through this afternoon.***

***A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach through this evening.***

***A Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect for much of Hampton Roads from midday through the afternoon. Expect “minor” tidal flooding during the hours surrounding high tide this afternoon. Highs tide for Sewells Point is at 1:30 PM***

***A River Flood Warning is in effect for the Cashie River near Windsor in Bertie County. Minor flooding is expected with a crest near 8.3’ this evening.***

More rain and flooding, but gradual clearing is in sight….The First Warning Storm Team is keeping an eye on scattered rain and the threat for flooding.

As we move through our Wednesday afternoon, rain will be possible as a stationary front and the remnants of Julia continue to linger across the area. At times, the rain will be heavy. But as we move into the evening, we’ll see the rain breaking up a bit more to call it widely scattered. Otherwise, expect mostly cloudy skies. Highs will be in the mid and upper 70s. Tonight, scattered showers are possible. Otherwise, we’ll see mostly cloudy skies and areas of patchy fog. Lows will be in the lower 70s.  Minor tidal flooding will also be a concern today as our winds crank up from the northeast between 10 and 20 mph, gusting to 25. That means we’ll see some problems in our typical flood prone areas around high tide, so keep that in mind.

Scattered rain will continue into Thursday. However, we’re not expecting as much rain as we’ve seen it over the past couple of days. Still, the rain could be heavy at times. Highs will be in the upper 70s.

A few lingering showers are possible Friday. Otherwise, we’ll see more clouds than sun. Highs will climb into the lower 80s. This weekend, we’ll see a mix of sun and clouds with highs in the mid 80s on Saturday. Highs will drop into the low and mid 70s buy Sunday.

This Afternoon: Mostly Cloudy. Scattered Showers (80%). Windy. Highs in the upper 70s. Winds: NE 10-20 mph, gusts to 25.

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy. Scattered Showers (40%). Windy. Lows in the low 70s. Winds: NE 10-20 mph, gusts to 25.

Tomorrow: Mostly Cloudy. Scattered Showers (40%). Breezy. Highs in the upper 70s. Winds: NE 10-15 mph.

Weather & Health 

Pollen: Low (Ragweed)

UV Index: 2 (Low)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Very High

Tropical Update

Karl weakens to a tropical depression. TD Karl is centered about 365 miles NE of the Leeward Islands and moving WNW at 9 mph. A turn to the northwest at a slightly faster forward speed is expected through Thursday into Friday. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 35 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next day or so, but some strengthening is expected on Thursday.

Tropical Storm Lisa maintains its strength over the tropical Atlantic. Lisa is about 580 miles WNW of the Cabo Verde Islands and moving NW at 8 mph. The general NW motion is expected to continue over the next 48 hours. Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with higher gusts. Some additional strengthening is possible today, but steady weakening is expected to begin by Thursday.

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Dominic Brown
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