Matthew unlikely to make landfall, heavy rainfall, flooding still likely

Published 5:25 pm Thursday, October 6, 2016


An updated weekend forecast from the National Weather Service’s Wakefield station shows Hurricane Matthew making landfall along the coast of Georgia on Saturday morning and traveling as far north as the southern tip of North Carolina before heading out into the Atlantic. However, heavy rainfall and some flooding is still likely for Western Tidewater.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina can expect between 1.5-4 inches of rainfall Friday through Sunday, with wind speeds in the 30-40 miles per hour range. There is a 5-10 percent chance that tropical storm force winds 39 miles per hour or greater will occur in the south side Hampton Roads area.

Minor coastal flooding is expected throughout this weekend due to persistent onshore flow, but the probability of a significant storm surge and widespread flooding remains low.