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Joaquin NOT expected to hit the east coast

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

OFFICIAL NHC FORECAST maintains an offshore track of Joaquin into early next week.

Joaquin battered the shores of the Bahamas, ripping off roofs and uprooting trees. A cargo ship with 33 people aboard went missing during the Category 4 storm.

Go to http://www.nbc12.com/weatherinsider for more Joaquin info.

Heavy rain is expected Friday, not associated with Joaquin. With the developing upper-level low and coastal front over the Eastern U.S., that will bring the potential for flooding. 1-3" of rain possible in Richmond, with 2-5" possible west of town. Be alert for high standing water on roadways.

City officials are keeping a close eye on the James River, in case the city's floodgates need to close. The James could overflow its banks, and flash flooding on the roads could make a difficult go for many of us.

Right now, the river is at about eight feet. Flood stage is 12 feet, and the National Weather Service is predicting by Saturday, it could get up to 16 feet.

There is no official height the river has to be in order to close the gates. It's a situational decision.

In Chesterfield, crews put out a small fire in the 1600 block of Oakengate Lane after a tree branch took out a power line and and a pole. Several hundred Dominion Va Power customers lost power, which is expected to be restored between 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

We've received a few school closings for Friday. Click here for the list: nbc12.com/closings

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