Calm before Dorian: Here’s the latest forecast for Hampton Roads, Peninsula

Hurricane Dorian is expected to bring heavy rainfall and flooding to Hampton Roads starting Thursday night into Friday. (WYDaily/Courtesy National Hurricane Center)
Hurricane Dorian is expected to bring heavy rainfall and flooding to Hampton Roads starting Thursday night into Friday. (Southside Daily/Courtesy National Hurricane Center)

As Hurricane Dorian heads up the East Coast, residents in Hampton Roads should prepare for a heavy storm.

“People should expect flooding,” said Cody Poche, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “It’s looking especially likely toward Hampton, Newport News and Virginia Beach.”

Poche said residents in those areas should prepare for moderate to major landfall and storm surge flooding, which is the most life-threatening form of flooding, according to the NWS website. Storm surge flooding is when there is an abnormal rise in water from a storm that is greater than the predicted tides.

Before the storm hits, Poche said there is the low potential for tornado activity. He said in southern North Carolina there have already been a few tornadoes on record and that eastern Virginia will have slightly favorable conditions for tornadoes Thursday afternoon and into Friday morning. 

Residents in Virginia Beach should prepare to experience the bulk of the storm. Here are the rainfall predictions across Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach: 8 to 10 inches
  • Norfolk: 6 to 8 inches
  • Newport News: 4 to 6 inches
  • Williamsburg: 3 to 4 inches.

Across Hampton Roads, residents should expect wind gusts between 65 to 55 mph, with the strongest winds occurring Friday morning.

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John Mangalonzo ( 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.