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Posted on: November 15, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Major coastal storm predicted to intensify, last through the weekend, cause flooding

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Nov. 15, 2019 - The major storm that brought rain today is expected intensify over the weekend along the Virginia coasts, affecting Hampton with continued rain, intensifying wind and coastal/tidal flooding, according to the National Weather Service. While the rain will continue on and off all weekend, Hampton is predicted to get about an inch total. Bigger threats are the winds and tidal flooding. 

A wind advisory has been issued, as Hampton may see winds of 25 to 35 mph -- and gusts up to 50 mph. A wind advisory has been issued from 4 a.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday.

A coastal flood warning has been issued from Saturday morning through early Monday morning. Currently, weather officials are predicting that Hampton could see minor to moderate flooding for five tide cycles -- Saturday around 11 a.m.; Sunday around midnight and noon; and Monday around midnight and 1 p.m. Most of those high tides are expected to be in the "minor" range (between 3.5 and 4.5 feet above mean lower low water) but Sunday's midnight night's tide could hit 6 feet above the mean low, which is considered moderate flooding.

In Hampton, the "minor" stage is where we begin to see flooding of roads near the coast and coastal rivers and creeks. Drivers are reminded not to drive on roads covered with water.  

The Buckroe Beach Farmer's Market for Saturday has been canceled.

The city's Emergency Management office as well as other city officials are monitoring the storm.

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