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Tracking Isaias: Significant local impact on Tuesday

Posted at 5:07 AM, Aug 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 17:13:16-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Skies will be mostly cloudy today with a high in the upper 80s. Scattered thunderstorms will develop again this afternoon and evening. Flood Watches are in effect for most of the areas and Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect for areas around and east of I-95.
Tropical Storm Isaias is just off the east coast of Florida with maximum sustained winds near 70 mph. The storm is expected to stay over the water and head north toward the Carolinas. It still has the potential of gaining a bit more strength, which would make it a hurricane again. A potential landfall is likely Monday night along the South Carolina coast, or near the NC/SC border.

The storm will then track to the north or northeast, with the center moving up through eastern North Carolina and eastern VA on Tuesday. Locally, rain coverage will increase Monday night over the area, with very heavy possible later Tuesday morning into the afternoon. It should be heaviest from Metro Richmond east, and will begin to taper off by evening. Widespread rainfall amounts of 2" to 4" will be possible, with some locally higher amounts. Wind gusts in excess of 30 mph will be possible area-wide, with gusts in excess of 50 mph closer to the coast. Some coastal flooding is likely, especially during the high tide cycles. Isolated tornadoes will also be a possibility across eastern and southeastern VA.

While the basic track has not changed much, any additional shift could make our conditions better or worse. We will continue to update the forecast over the next 48 hours.

After highs in the upper 80s on Monday, temperatures will only be in the upper 70s and low 80s on Tuesday. Tuesday will be our “coolest” high temperature since mid-June.

For the middle and end of the coming week, it will be warm, humid and unsettled with scattered storms possible each day. Highs will be 85-90.

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