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March 1, 2018 - Thanks to a nor'easter that is moving into the area the National Weather Service at Wakefield has issued a coastal flood watch for Hampton Roads from Friday through Sunday afternoon. The flood watch means that conditions favorable for flooding are expected. Coastal residents should be alert for later statements or warnings, and take action to protect their property, including vehicles.
The weather service said the nor'easter will sit off the area's coast through Tuesday, producing moderate to major flooding levels. Rain from the nor'easter is expected to taper off Friday morning. Sustained winds of 21-24 mph, with gusts up to 41 mph, are expected through the weekend, along with significant beach erosion and wave "run-up."
Flooding is likely within a few hours on either side of the high tide cycle this weekend. Near moderate coastal flooding is expected beginning with the morning high tide Saturday at about 10 a.m. A period of moderate to major flooding is possible with the high tide Saturday about 10 p.m., wth flooding possible through each of the high tide cycles through Tuesday.
Hampton's public works, police and fire departments are all monitoring the situation and prepared to act as needed. The Office of Emergency Management will continue to monitor the weather and provide news updates. Go online for more information on flooding and flood safety.