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Isaias heading towards Virginia

Posted at 6:53 PM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 23:43:01-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- TROPICAL STORM WARNING IN EFFECT

Isaias made landfall at 11:10 p.m. near the North/South Carolina border. The storm will move quickly to the northeast and move into Virginia Tuesday morning. Rainfall will turn much heavier from south to north by daybreak. Very heavy rainfall will occur in central and eastern Virginia through mid-morning. Rainfall totals in excess of 4 inches will be possible, and a flash flood watch is in effect.

Wind speeds will increase with gusts over 35 mph likely across much of the area, but gusts near or over 60 mph are possible in eastern VA. The strong winds will cause power outages, and with the saturated ground, downed trees are possible.

As the storm moves through the area, a few tornadoes are possible. The mostly likely locations will be in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.

Coastal flooding will also be an issue, with water levels 1-2 feet above normal during high tide cycles.

Rainfall will taper to scattered showers in the afternoon as the storm exits to our northeast. It will be a muggy day with highs in the mid 80s.

Highs will return to around 90 on Wednesday. The rest of the week will be muggy and unsettled with scattered storms around. Highs will be 85-90.

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