First Warning Forecast: Rain, wind, and a flooding threat

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Posted at 5:05 AM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 05:05:07-04

Meteorologist Myles Henderson’s First Warning Forecast

More rain, wind, and a flood threat… Arthur will continue moving away from the East Coast today, but our next weather maker is already moving in. An area of low pressure will settle in over the Southeast and will linger for several days. Most of this week we will see clouds, showers, and strong winds. Persistent northeast winds will trigger tidal flooding through midweek.

Expect mostly cloudy skies today with scattered showers. Rain chances will increase from this morning to this afternoon. An isolated thunderstorm is possible but severe storms are unlikely. Winds will ramp up today, NE at 15 to 25 with gusts to near 35 mph. The strong and persistent NE winds will cause tidal flooding. Water levels will rise slightly this morning but will reach “moderate” to near “major” flooding levels during this evening high tide.

Clouds, showers, and strong NE winds will continue for Wednesday and Thursday. Tidal flooding will continue for both Wednesday morning and evening high tides. Water levels will begin to drop through Thursday as winds slowly start to relax.

Today: Mostly Cloudy, Showers, Windy. Highs in the low 60s. Winds: NE 15-25G35

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy, Showers, Windy. Lows in the mid 50s. Winds: NE 15-25G35

Tomorrow: Mostly Cloudy, Showers, Windy. Highs in the low 60s. Winds: NE 15-25G35

Weather & Health

Pollen: Low-Medium (Grasses, Oak, Birch)

UV Index: 2 (Low)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Moderate

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

May 19th

2000 F0 Tornado: Hanover Co

Tropical Update

Tropical Storm Arthur continues moving away from the East Coast. Arthur is centered about 300 miles ENE of Cape Hatteras and moving ENE at 15 mph. Arthur is forecast to slow down and turn toward the south in another day or so.

Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph with higher gusts. Arthur is forecast to become post-tropical later today. A general weakening trend is expected to begin by Wednesday. Arthur is expected to dissipate by the end of the week.

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