Virginia Beach, Norfolk under flash flood watch Friday and Saturday

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Courtesy FEMA

Courtesy FEMA

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for local areas including Virginia Beach and Norfolk, from Friday night through Saturday evening.

Flash flooding is possible across northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia beginning Friday night, Sept. 2, and lasting into Saturday, Sept. 3., the weather service said in a release. The watch comes as Hurricane Hermine is slated to track across eastern North Carolina Friday night and Saturday.

Excessive rainfall is possible, ranging from 2 to 5 inches in parts of southeastern Virginia, according to the weather service. Northeastern North Carolina could see as much as 4 to 7 inches of rain. Rain, expected to be heavy at times late Friday night, will be heaviest near the coast. Widespread heavy rain will not end until late Saturday.

The flood advisory extends to portions of eastern and southeast Virginia, including Chesapeake, Greensville, Hampton/Poquoson, Isle of Wight, James City, Newport News, Norfolk/Portsmouth, Southampton, Suffolk, Surry, Sussex, Virginia Beach and York.

Low-lying urban areas, areas with poor drainage, and areas near creeks and streams could see flooding, the agency said. Roads may become impassable in places due to high water.

Residents of flood-prone areas should take steps now to protect their property, according to the weather service.

Note: This story has been updated to reflect that Hermine was upgraded to a hurricane Thursday.

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Virginia Beach, Norfolk under flash flood watch Friday and Saturday