Sandy Batters Norfolk, SE Virginia

By , Expert Senior Meteorologist
October 29, 2012; 4:52 AM
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Sandy will continue to batter southeastern Virginia into Tuesday even though landfall in New Jersey is forecast.

Coastal Flooding, high winds and heavy rain from Sandy are in store for the area.

While the New Jersey and New York City areas will have the worst conditions in terms of storm surge and high winds, major impact will continue to be felt farther south along the mid-Atlantic and North Carolina coasts.

In southeastern Virginia, the worst effects from storm surge flooding will continue Sunday night and Monday. Tides will run between 5 and 8 feet above normal with the worst conditions at time of high tide. Significant over wash of waves will occur.

Winds will swing around from northeast to north. These winds will drive both Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay water into southeastern Virginia during the first part of the storm.

Peak wind gusts will range between 60 and 70 mph spanning Monday and Tuesday as winds swing from north to northwest and then west. Higher gusts are possible over the open water and at crane level. Downed trees and power outages are expected.

By Tuesday winds will be pushing water out to sea over southeastern Virginia.

Enough rain will fall to cause urban, flash and small stream flooding. A general 2 to 4 inches of rain will fall, mostly through Monday. Locally higher amounts are forecast farther northeast over the Delmarva Peninsula and farther north near Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

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