Ida Lives On
A new storm is now beginning to develop from the leftovers of Tropical Storm Ida . This new storm has the potential to do more damage to the Mid-Atlantic coastline than it did when the tropical cyclone made landfall near Mobile, Alabama last Monday. Heavy rain, high winds and extreme beach erosion can be expected from Ocean City, N.J. to Wilmington, N.C.
The storm will sit and spill off the Carolina coastline through Friday until strong steering winds push it out to sea by the weekend. A strong easterly wind will persist with the coastal low offshore and strong high pressure to the north. Rough surf and severe beach erosion will most likely cause property damage.
Actually, this new storm is somewhat of a nor’easter. The energy from the dissipated Tropical Storm Ida will be allowed to restrengthen as it moves back over water and taps into Atlantic moisture. Heavy rain will fall tonight from Raleigh to the Outer Banks, N.C. with the worst of the rain moving offshore by tomorrow afternoon. Even though the rain will taper, high tide cycles will begin tomorrow through Friday which will lead to significant coastal flooding. The National Weather Service office in Wakefield, VA said that the coastal flooding could be a record event like Hurricane Isabel in 2003 and the twin nor’easters of 1998.
The picture above was taken earlier from Virgina Beach, VA. Stay away from that rough surf!