LOW PRESSURE OFF THE CAROLINAS MAY BECOME A SUB-TROPICAL OR EVEN A TROPICAL STORM… EITHER WAY, COASTAL FLOODING, STRONG WINDS, AND RAIN ARE A GOOD BET FOR THURSDAY

For nearly a week, computer models have been forecasting a storm developing off the SE Coast and sure enough, a low pressure system has spun up. And to make matters worse, the system may become sub-tropical or even tropical in nature. What does that mean? Well, a typical low pressure system that brings us our winter storms, nor’easters, etc are extra-tropical or cold core storms. These storms get their energy from the differences in the air masses and the warm moist air being drawn into them. Tropical cyclones are warm core systems and are fueled exclusively by the warm water and latent heat given off by condensation. Even if this storm does not become tropical or sub-tropical, it will cause coastal flooding, strong winds, and heavy rain along the NC and VA coasts. The low is supposed to head inland into NC on Thursday. Conditions should improve on Friday. How high will the winds get? It’s hard to say but gusts could reach 60 MPH along the coast. Coastal flooding is going to be an issue during high tides. Please monitor your local media for any updates.

 

{Paul Edit]

Here are some pics of the Flooding in Norfolk

Water Street living up to its name

Water Street living up to its name

Flooded street at Lot F at Harbor Park

Flooded street at Lot F at Harbor Park

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