Thursday, July 18, 2024

Hurricane Michael to bring rain, wind to Hampton Roads. Williamsburg prepares

HNNDaily file photo/Courtesy of NOAA
(WYDaily file photo/Courtesy of NOAA)

Hurricane Michael has been upgraded to a Category 4 and is projected to hit the Florida panhandle off the Gulf Coast Wednesday afternoon and travel northeast, passing through Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas, according to the Weather Channel.

Hurricane Michael is expected to hit the Hampton Roads area Thursday, so residents can expect “scattered” showers and “steady” rain on Thursday and high “wind gusts” on Friday, said Jeff Orrock, meteorologist-in-charge at the National Weather Service in Wakefield.

Orrock said the rain will start late Thursday evening and last until about 4 a.m. Friday. The area can expect anywhere from 2 to 5 inches of rainfall.

On Friday, there will be wind gusts around 55 to 65 mph starting at 4 a.m. and lasting until 7 a.m., with temperatures ranging from the high 70s to the high 50s, Orrock said.

He said the weather will be “short-lived” and advises residents to “put things away” and to expect a “few downed trees” and “spotty” outages.

There will be a wind and flood watch on Thursday and a wind advisory on Friday, Orrock said.

The City of Williamsburg is monitoring Hurricane Michael’s track and predicted forecast for the area. Despite anticipating only minor impacts from the storm, preparations are underway to deploy resources necessary to minimize those impacts of the weather event, according to a news release from the city.

All residents are encouraged to monitor weather forecasts and be prepared for changing weather conditions.

“We anticipate that as the storm moves into our area, there will be a band of heavy rain, a risk of flooding, and a strong north to northwest wind with gusts to tropical storm force,” said Fire Chief Pat Dent who also serves as the city’s Emergency Management coordinator.

In preparation for the storm, residents are encouraged to:

  • Replenish emergency kits and review family emergency plans.
  • Secure any objects that might be blown around by increased winds.
  • Keep smartphones, cellphones, power packs and tablets charged.
  • Citizens are encouraged to sign-up for Williamsburg Alerts to receive emergency information using this link:

Dent reminds everyone that hurricane season runs through No. 30 – along with Hurricane Michael, storms Leslie and Nadine are active in the Atlantic Ocean.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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