Tropical storm warning in effect for Western Tidewater

Published 8:40 am Friday, September 6, 2019

Dorian eyes Cape Hatteras

Staff report


The National Hurricane Center states as of 8 a.m., the eye of Hurricane Dorian is near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph. The storm is moving northeast at 14 mph.

The National Weather Service in Wakefield states that a tropical storm warning is in effect from North Carolina and Virginia, including Franklin, Southampton County and Isle of Wight County.

Further, life-threatening storm surge and dangerous winds are expected to continue along parts of the North Carolina coast, southeast Virginia and portions of Southern Chesapeake Bay. Water levels could rise in advance of strong winds, and residents in the aforementioned areas should follow advice given by local emergency officials.

Flash flooding is occurring and will continue to become more widespread in both the eastern Carolinas and far southeast Virginia. There’s also a high risk expected of life-threatening flash flooding in said areas.

The NWS adds that tropical storm conditions are possible. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches are possible. Temperature-wise, the high will be around 75.