First Alert: Watching a tropical system Thursday

Potential heavy rain eastern Virginia

First Alert: Watching a tropical system Thursday

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has an 80% chance that an area of low pressure near the Carolina coast will move towards the Outer Banks Thursday, then east of Virginia early Friday morning, will likely turn tropical Thursday. Whether it turns tropical or not, there is increasing likelihood that significant rainfall will fall across eastern Virginia, especially along the Chesapeake Bay.

There is an excessive rainfall outlook for Later Thursday into Friday from the Weather Prediction Center of NCEP:

Localized flooding possible along the bay
Localized flooding possible along the bay (Source: WPC)

Winds will be gusty along the coast as the system moves northeastward. Winds will be 20-25 mph along the bay. If you have plans to head to VA beach or the North Carolina beaches, there will be a rip current risk along the coast making swimming dangerous.

The heavy rain potential looks to miss Richmond but there could be downpours tonight and tomorrow morning along the Chesapeake Bay that could cause localized flooding.

As far as rain totals go, the highest amounts look to be in places along the immediate coast/bay. Highest amounts could be one or more inches with traces amounts back west towards RVA.

Accumulated rainfall, as we watch this tropical system come ashore, seems to be highest in places far east of RVA.
Accumulated rainfall, as we watch this tropical system come ashore, seems to be highest in places far east of RVA. (Source: WPC & NBC12)

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