Sunday, September 25, 2022

Nor’easter to bring strong winds, rain, storm surge to Hampton Roads

 the greatest threat is coastal flooding and erosion due to the storm surge. (Courtesy photo/NASA)
The greatest threat to the area is coastal flooding and erosion due to the storm surge. (Courtesy photo/NASA)

A Nor’easter’s on the horizon and it’s headed for Hampton Roads.

The storm is expected to bring winds gusting as strong as 40 miles per hour, a quarter of an inch of rain, and storm surges as high as 1 to 2 feet from Thursday afternoon through Saturday night, according to National Weather Service Wakefield meteorologist Eswar Iyer.

“Winds will be picking up tonight, and especially starting tomorrow we could see gusts to around 40 miles per hour,” Iyer said before adding that conditions are expected to be worse on the rivers and on the Chesapeake bay with wind gusts as high as 55 miles per hour.

The storm could cause power outages in Greater Williamsburg as tree branches could break onto power lines in the strong winds.

But the greatest threat is coastal flooding and erosion due to the storm surge.

“We have an increasing threat for tidal flooding in the lower bay,” Iyer said. “Especially during high tide from Friday night to Saturday night.”

A Nor’easter is a strong low pressure system that can form over land or over the coast. The storms can produce heavy snow, rain, and large waves that can cause coastal erosion and structural damage. It gets its name from the strong northeasterly winds blowing the storm over coastal areas, according to the National Weather Service.


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