Hermine hits Florida, City to see heavy rain, possible flooding later today

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stormartVirginia Beach, Norfolk and other Southside communities could see heavy rain from Tropical Storm Hermine beginning as early as late Friday afternoon and into early Friday evening, according to the National Weather Service.

Downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm Friday morning, Hermine made landfall near St. Marks, Fla. early Friday with winds approaching 80 m.p.h., the weather service said in a statement Friday morning.

The storm will weaken further as it moves to the northeast today, the weather service said. As of 7:21 a.m. Friday, the storm was located about 590 miles southwest of Norfolk. A tropical storm watch remains in effect for northeastern North Carolina and southeast Virginia, including areas such as Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, James City, York and Newport News.

By late Friday afternoon and early Friday evening, Virginia Beach, Norfolk and other affected areas could begin to see heavy rain, wind and high waves and surf, the agency said. Coastal flooding could begin across the region late Friday and into Saturday night.

Flash floods are also possible, according to the agency, with 4 to 8 inches of rain expected. Coastal flooding could be “moderate” to “near major,” with storm surge values of as much as 1 to 3 feet above ground level. Strong winds, with gusts as high as 45 to 55 m.p.h., are possible along the coast and the Chesapeake Bay, creating the possibility of high surf, beach erosion and rip currents, the agency said.

Also this morning, the Virginia Beach Departments of Parks and Recreation announced the cancellation of its Party at the Pier, which had been scheduled for 7-10 p.m. Friday. Word of the cancellation was posted on the city’s website and on Twitter and Facebook.

“We are deeply disappointed to announce that tonight’s Party at the Pier concert is being cancelled due to weather related concerns with Hurricane Hermine,” the parks department said on its Facebook page. “We will not be rescheduling at this time.”

For more information about Tropical Storm Hermine, go to www.weather.gov/AKQ.

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Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, TIME.com, nationalgeographic.com and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.