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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Hurricane Hermine to bring heavy rain and damaging winds to eastern Virginia

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The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm watch and a flash flood watch for local areas including James City and York counties, from Friday night through Saturday evening.

Flash flooding is possible across northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia beginning Friday night, Sept. 2, and lasting into Saturday, Sept. 3., the weather service said in a release. The watch comes as Tropical Storm Hermine is slated to track across eastern North Carolina Friday night and Saturday.

Excessive rainfall is likely, ranging from 4 to 7 inches in the region and 1-3 inches in James City County, according to the weather service. Rain, expected to be heavy at times late Friday night, will be heaviest in the tidewater area and near the coast. Widespread heavy rain will not end until late Saturday.

The flood advisory extends to portions of eastern and southeast Virginia, including Chesapeake, Greensville, Hampton/Poquoson, Isle of Wight, James City, Newport News, Norfolk/Portsmouth, Southampton, Suffolk, Surry, Sussex, Virginia Beach and York.

Low-lying urban areas, areas with poor drainage, and areas near creeks and streams could see flooding, the agency said. Roads may become impassable in places due to high water.

Residents of flood-prone areas should take steps now to protect their property, according to the weather service.

Potentially damaging winds could strike as far west as Richmond, and could reach as high as 60 miles per hour along the Chesapeake Bay.  The NWS advises that there will likely be damage to the roofs and siding of some houses, and large trees may be uprooted.  Some roads will likely be made impassable by debris.

Hermine is currently a Hurricane and will make landfall over Florida at some point this evening.  At some point of Friday it is expected to be downgraded to a tropical storm, but will still carry heavy rain and potentially dangerous wind.

For up-to-the minute information regarding Hurricane Hermine, keep track of NWS alerts pertaining to the Historic Triangle.

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