First Alert Weather Days: Tropical Storm Warning Tuesday Includes metro Richmond

TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR EASTERN VIRGINIA TUESDAY INCLUDING METRO RICHMOND

First Alert Weather Days: Tropical Storm Warning Tuesday Includes metro Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The threat from Isaias is increasing for the Carolinas and Virginia with Tuesday morning through early afternoon the most likely window for highest impacts over central and eastern Virginia. We now have high confidence in a forecast track that will take Isaias across Central/Eastern Virginia, which will bring significant impacts in terms of rain/wind.

Eastern Virginia has been upgraded to a TROPICAL STORM WARNING for Tuesday, which includes RVA. In summary:

Tropical Storm Warnings issued for Tuesday
Tropical Storm Warnings issued for Tuesday (Source: NHC)
Impacts on Tuesday from Isaias
Impacts on Tuesday from Isaias (Source: NBC12)

Here is the flash flood watch for Virginia for Monday night through the day Tuesday:

Flash Flood Watch and Coastal Flood Watch
Flash Flood Watch and Coastal Flood Watch (Source: National Weather Service)

The current forecast track from the National Hurricane Center takes the center of the storm somewhere between RVA and Norfolk Tuesday morning into the midday.

A large swatch of 3-6″ rain is likely, right along the I-95 corridor

Isaias Brings a big rain forecast to Central VA-- thankfully the storm will be moving quickly so we won't have a stalled storm
Isaias Brings a big rain forecast to Central VA-- thankfully the storm will be moving quickly so we won't have a stalled storm (Source: WPC)

RVA Winds:

There is a risk of wind gusts 40 to 50 mph. If they get that high, that would knock out power for many of us.

RVA Rain:

2-6″ Rain expected with localized flooding expected. The tornado threat is low for metro RVA as long as the storm does not deviate much from its current forecast track.

Coastal locations including the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and Southeast Virginia will see heavy surf and dangerous rip currents.

The threats for Coastal Virginia will include a high risk of 50+ mph wind gusts and power outages, a high risk for flooding, and a moderate risk for a couple of tornadoes.

Specifically concerning the tornado threat, the highest threat will likely be along the coastline of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula into Southeast Virginia. Locations in the green shaded area below have a risk for a couple of tornadoes on Tuesday.

Tornadoes are possible on the Eastern side of the storm track
Tornadoes are possible on the Eastern side of the storm track (Source: NBC12)

There are some things you can do now to prepare for potential impacts from this storm.

Prepare now for strong winds and heavy rain from Tropical Storm Isaias on Tuesday morning into the early afternoon.
Prepare now for strong winds and heavy rain from Tropical Storm Isaias on Tuesday morning into the early afternoon. (Source: WWBT)

We will keep you posted through the coming days. Download the NBC12 First Alert Weather App for updates.

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