Archive for November 6, 2012

A COASTAL STORM IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP TUESDAY NIGHT… THE FORECAST TRACK SHIFTS OFFSHORE A BIT WHICH MAY SPARE HAMPTON ROADS FROM THE WORST CONDITIONS… FOLKS IN THE NORTHEAST ARE WORRIED THIS NOR’EASTER COULD AFFECT RECOVERY EFFORTS

The forecast track of the low pressure area that is expected to develop off the Carolina Coast later Tuesday is now a little further east which is good news for Hampton Roads. The further east the storm tracks, the less likely that winds and tides will be a major issue here. Areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy in the Northeastern states may experience high winds, rain, and even snow in the higher elevations as the storm moves up the coast and intensifies. Coastal flooding may be possible especially in areas where beaches and protective sand dunes have washed away from the hurricane. Hopefully, the storm doesn’t impact the power restoration efforts up there. Over one million homes and businesses are still without power as of this morning. Current indications are that tidal flooding will be minor here in Hampton Roads. Rainfall will most likely be confined to areas near the coast. The further northeast you are, the more rain you will receive. Winds here in Hampton Roads will probably gust to around 40 MPH near the coast if the current forecast storm track holds. Bottom line is that Wednesday will be a rainy and windy day. Note that in the Northeast and Northern Mid-Atlantic States, snow is possible in some inland locations. Later in the week, we will dry out and it appears that temperatures will be trending upward. The weekend looks good right now.

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