We just concluded the call with the NWS and VDEM and have a little more information to share.
NWS Meteorologist-in-Charge Jeff Orrock reports tonight’s wind gusts will likely last until 10 pm – 11 pm rather than 7 pm as indicated on the previous hourly graph. Likewise, we are looking at the possibility of tornados starting around 9 pm and through the overnight hours. Note: Norfolk Alert (automatically) and Wireless Emergency Alert (sent by the NWS) is used to notify individuals of a Tornado Warning. It will not be out of the question for folks to be alerted and awakened at 1 am or 2 am in the morning! If that happens, the systems worked as intended.
While today’s inclement weather and high tide is the most immediate concern, we will not be out of the woods until later next week. Things pick back up Sunday night into Monday in the form of a Noreaster. Winds will increase again with gusts around 40-45mph as indicated in the Hourly Graph; the tide levels will also increase, though that is not yet reflected in the NWS products.
Wednesday the storm should be gone.
More to come.
Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response