Hurricane Earl leaves less than one-half inch of rain

Published 11:20 am Friday, September 3, 2010

Tidewater Academy’s football field looked better this morning — after a little rain from Hurricane Earl — than it did one day earlier.

“The field’s a lot better,” said Athletic Director Walter Westbrook. “I’m starting to see a little green instead of brown.”

Even with the hurricane’s rain, Tidewater and Nansemond-Suffolk academies and Southampton High School will host home football games tonight.

Southampton and Isle of Wight counties and Franklin saw 1/10 to 3/10 an inch of rain, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Jon McGee. Winds from the hurricane never exceeded 10 to 15 mph in the Western Tidewater region.

Rain began in the area shortly after midnight and let up by late morning, McGee said. The sun is expected to come out by early afternoon and temperatures will climb into the high 80s to lower 90s.

“The skies will continue to clear overnight,” McGee said.

Southampton High School Athletic Director Littleton Parker said this morning the Courtland football field is in good shape.

“We have a high crown our on our field, which means it drains well,” he said. “It takes a lot of rain to get actually muddy.”

In Wakefield, about ½ inch of rain fell from the hurricane, Westbrook said.

“We talked to Brunswick (Tidewater’s opponent) and we’re going to play,” he said.

Pauline Warren, administrative assistant for athletics at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, confirmed the 7 p.m. game with Windsor High School remains scheduled.