Moderate to Major coastal flooding is possible from late Friday through the weekend. The “leftovers” from Sally will move across Eastern North Carolina overnight and bring very heavy rain and gusty winds across the Hampton Roads region. As Sally moves offshore, winds will turn to the north by Friday morning, with gusts along the coast with gusts 30 to 40 mph likely.
Strong high pressure will build in across New England, which will produce a persistent Northeast wind Friday night into the weekend. This will push water from the Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay into coastal communities.
COASTAL FLOODING: Anywhere from 1 to 3 feet of water inundation is possible for locations along the Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Atlantic. The “highest” area of concern will be areas along the Mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and the Peninsula Region. Up to 3 feet of water inundation will likely cause many roads near the shore to be under water, and reaching many homes and businesses along the shoreline. Property damage from water inundation is possible.
WIND: Winds will turn to the NORTH on Friday, with sustained winds 20 to 25 mph and gusts 30 to 40 mph. Winds will turn NORTHEAST Friday Night through Sunday with sustained winds 20 to 25 mph and gusts up to 35 mph. Winds will slowly subside by late Sunday.
WAVES: Large waves will be likely across the Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Atlantic. Wave heights are expected to range 3 to 6 feet through the weekend along the Chesapeake Bay, with wave heights larger than 8 feet along the Coastal Atlantic.
RIP CURRENTS: There is a HIGH and DANGEROUS rip current risk through the weekend along the Coastal Atlantic. It is recommended to AVOID going out into the water this weekend.
NEVER fight a rip current. Doing so will make you exhausted and pose a higher risk of drowning. If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the coast. Remember to always stay calm and raise your arm to attract attention. Always conserve your energy as waves can assist you back to the beach. Most importantly, if red flags are posted, stay out of the water — This is for your safety!