Rain Forecast Improves in Historic Triangle, Coastal Flooding Still A Risk

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Flood hitting Water Street in Yorktown. (Kim Lenz/WYDaily)
Flood hitting Water Street in Yorktown. (Kim Lenz/WYDaily)

The Historic Triangle is through the worst of the weekend’s weather thanks to a significant shift to the south of the storm system that caused steady rain throughout the latter part of the week.

The storm system, which was caused by a cold front gathering moisture along the East Coast, will continue to batter parts of North and South Carolina in the coming days, but Virginia is unlikely to feel more of its effects, according to the National Weather Service.

That coupled with the fact that Hurricane Joaquin has veered out into the Atlantic Ocean means the area can expect a much drier weekend than previously anticipated, with a forecast of less than an inch of additional rain between Saturday and Sunday.

The reprieve comes too late for some of the Historic Triangle who have already experienced mild to moderate flooding. Future flooding in the area can still occur, but it is more likely to be caused by high tides that have already been affected by the storm in the past few days than new rain.

All of coastal Virginia remains under a coastal flood watch through 6 a.m. Monday, which means that regardless of additional rainfall the local water systems have already been significantly impacted and will see higher-than-usual tides. Residents on low-lying property near water should continue to monitor the situation closely.

Though less likely, power outages and road closures remain possible and residents are advised to remain alert.

If you see flooding or other storm damage in your area and can safely take a picture, we invite you to submit it to our running gallery of storm photos. Send your photo submission to photos@wydaily.com complete with your name and where you took the picture and we’ll include it in our gallery and give you credit.