Southern winds ahead of Michael put part of Virginia Beach on alert

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va (WAVY) — City leaders are closely monitoring conditions in southern Virginia Beach as Michael approaches as a now tropical storm. 

Winds will blow from a south to southeast direction until late Thursday evening, according to Meteorologist Ashley Baylor’s latest weather blog. Those same winds have caused significant flooding in the Pungo area of Virginia Beach twice already this year. 

“We are expecting water levels in Back Bay will start to pond or flood,” said Tom Leahy, Deputy City Manager. “We are going to have crews out at all hours monitoring road conditions.”

By Wednesday afternoon, “high water” signs had already been placed on Muddy Creek and Pleasant Ridge roads, as several sections were covered by water. 

“It is kind of depressing at this point,” said Aristotle Cleanthes, co-owner of Blue Pete’s Restaurant, as water continued to rise off his back deck. “I don’t like bat an eye to it because it is what it is.”

Blue Pete’s has lost considerable business due to flooding this year, according to Cleanthes. It is why he plans to operate his regular hours as long as he can. 

“It is hard to prepare for [possible flooding] because you don’t want to shut your business down and lose a bunch of money and the wind switches and it doesn’t come in,” Cleanthes said. “So if it is coming, in the morning everything comes up, you turn everything off.” 

However, forecasts point to wind direction changing Thursday into Friday. That should push all the water the opposite direction, towards the Currituck Sound, according to Leahy. 

At this point no evacuations have been issued. 

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