Flash flood watch and coastal flood advisory issued for Historic Triangle

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093917w5_nl_smThe National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the Historic Triangle, which will remain in effect through Sunday afternoon. NWS has also issued a coastal flood advisory which will be in effect from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday.

The alerts come as Hurricane Matthew is forecast to move northeast off the coast of the southeastern U.S. Saturday. In Hampton Roads, the storm is expected to cause heavy rainfall, gusty winds and dangerous tidal surges and surf. Total rainfall amounts of two to four inches are expected for the region, with higher amounts possible in some areas.

NWS states that excessive runoff from heavy rain increases the potential for flooding and, as a precaution, area residents should monitor weather forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flooding occur.

The National Weather Service has included the following Virginia counties in its flash flood watch: Accomack, Gloucester, James City, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Northampton, Northumberland, Surry, Sussex and York.  

“If travel is necessary,” NWS warned. “Do not attempt to drive through water of unknown depth.”

The coastal flood advisory stated that onshore winds, wave action and/or tides are expected to combine to create flooding near tidal rivers and creeks. According to figures predicted by the National Weather Service, Hurricane Matthew could cause tidal surges of nearly two feet in areas of James City and York counties.

For the latest information on Hurricane Matthew and its projected impact on the Historic Triangle, visit the National Hurricane Center.