Last night tropical storm Michael rolled through the region. The wind increased quickly during the late evening. Rain became heavy at times as the center passed through Hampton Roads.
Wind gusts were over 60mph at many sites. There was one report of about 80mph at a buoy near Kiptopeke, but that was over the water. Here is a list with some of the highest gusts over land.
These winds caused a lot of damage. There were several official reports from the Storm Prediction Center in the viewing area.
There were even a couple of reports of tornadoes. One in southern Gloucester county and another in James City County. National Weather Service will likely go out and survey these areas today to confirm. While these were official reports, we also had widespread reports from the public about trees or tree limbs down in the region. We also had reports of tidal flooding on the sound side of the Outer Banks. That and the flooding in southern Virginia Beach should go down today as the winds decrease. There were a few gusts to 30mph near the shore this morning. Winds will drop to 10-15mph during the afternoon out of the northwest.
We had about a half and inch to an inch of rain over coastal North Carolina up to Virginia Beach. We had 1.5 – 2.5″ in our inland locations and on the Peninsula. Then we had higher amounts on the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. That is where 4-6″ of rain fell (radar estimated). This heavy area was forecast very well by our models. The amounts varied quite a bit on the Eastern Shore.
A cold front has moved through, and high pressure is building in from the west.
We’ll have lots of sunshine today. High temps will be near 70 degrees. It will finally feel like Fall. Humidity is dropping. We earned this weather for sure. Tonight we’ll have mostly clear skies with lows in the low 50s. There will be some 40s inland. We’ll be partly cloudy on Saturday. A weak wind-shift will move into the area. This could create some isolated showers. It’s a low chance though. High temps will be in the upper 60s. Wow! Then we’ll be mostly sunny on Sunday with highs near 70 again.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler