If Hurricane Michael hits Hampton Roads, it will likely pass quickly, meteorologists say

Forecasts show Hurricane Michael will likely travel north after making landfall on the Gulf Coast, then turn east, potentially hitting the Hampton Roads region. (WYDaily/Courtesy National Weather Service)
Forecasts show Hurricane Michael will likely travel north after making landfall on the Gulf Coast, then turn east, potentially hitting the Hampton Roads region. (Southside Daily/Courtesy National Weather Service)

Hurricane Michael is intensifying now in the Gulf of Mexico, but its impact on eastern Virginia is still uncertain.

Forecasts show Hurricane Michael will likely travel north after making landfall on the Gulf Coast, then turn east, potentially hitting the Hampton Roads region.

The storm’s track and strength are still uncertain, but eastern Virginia could see rain as early as Thursday night, NWS meteorologist Jeff Orrock said. 

Most of the rain and wind will likely be on Friday and Saturday.

The amount of wind the area could see is not yet clear.

But Orrock said even if the hurricane heads this way, it’ll likely pass quickly.

“The good news is, if anything, it’ll be moving so quickly that by the time it gets up to mid-latitudes in the Carolinas or Virginia, it’s going to get in and out of here really fast,” Orrock said.

Michael, which increased to a Category 1 hurricane midday Monday, will rapidly intensify over the next 24 to 36 hours, Orrock said.

Two major questions have yet to be answered: How far north will Michael track, and when will the storm turn east?

“Any way you look at it, we’ll get rain from this system to some degree,” Orrock said, adding as time moves on, the storm’s track will become more clear.

The details on flooding in Hampton Roads are still unclear as well.

Storms can force the tide in or out, which means possible flooding, but a recent dry spell locally means the ground can withstand more rainfall, Orrock said.

“We can take quite a bit of rain, but the folks in the Carolinas can’t right now,” Orrock said.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.