Hampton Roads has seen the worst of Dorian’s wind, rain — but still should be careful of storm surge

As of 11 a.m. Friday, Hampton Roads had already seen the worst of Dorian's rain and wind, leaving only concern about the 2 to 4 foot storm surge (WYDaily/Courtesy of National Hurricane Center)
As of 11 a.m. Friday, Hampton Roads had already seen the worst of Dorian’s rain and wind, leaving only concern about the 2 to 4 foot storm surge (Southside Daily/Courtesy of National Hurricane Center)

Hampton Roads has already experienced the worst of Hurricane Dorian’s rain and winds, meteorologists said late Friday morning.

“We’ve already seen the worst,” National Weather Service Wakefield meteorologist Mike Rusnak said. “The next couple hours, it will continue and then diminish later this afternoon.”

There is still a flash flood warning for parts of Hampton Roads, including Virginia Beach and parts of Chesapeake and Norfolk, Rusnak said around 11 a.m. Friday.

The National Hurricane Center said Friday morning a storm surge could cause water to reach at least 2 to 4 feet above ground in the area between Duck, North Carolina and Poquoson, including Hampton Roads.

Meanwhile, the sounds and the Neuse and Pamlico rivers in North Carolina could see 4- to 7-foot storm surges. Storm surges are an abnormal rise in water from a storm that is greater than the predicted tides.

Rusnak said bands of heavy rain — much like those experienced Friday morning — will continue to rotate in from the ocean until about 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Winds will be between 40 and 60 mph including gusts until mid-afternoon, which is about the same as they were Friday morning.

That weather won’t be any worse than what’s already been seen in the area.

The threat for tornadoes from Hurricane Dorian is also over, Rusnak said, adding it’s “just some rain for the next couple of hours.”

Saturday will be back to normal.

Weather in Hampton Roads is expected to be sunny with much less wind. Highs will be about 80 to 82 degrees.

“It’ll be normal summer weather tomorrow,” Rusnak 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.