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Nor’Easter-Like Storm Roaring Up the East Coast

24 Sep 2014, 5:02 pm

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A slow-moving, but strong coastal storm will be roaring up the East Coast through the end of the week. Bringing heavy rain, strong winds and pounding surf, along the entire Atlantic seaboard.

Rain has already been falling in parts of North Carolina and Virginia, where as much as an inch and a half of rain fell on the southern North Carolina coast. The rain will continue to spread northward through the overnight hours and into Thursday.

Forecast models suggest a total of 2 to 3 inches of rain could fall for coastal regions of North Carolina and Virginia, with locally heavier amounts. Places like Virginia Beach and Kill Devil Hills should be mindful of the threat of flash flooding.

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As the storm pushes northward, heavy rain will fall over Maryland’s Eastern Shore and the D.C. Metro through the overnight hours into early Thursday morning. Rainfall totals will be between 1 and 2 inches in this area. Flash flooding will be a concern for Thursday’s commute, so give yourself extra time on the roadways.

The National Weather Service office in Sterling, Va. — which covers D.C. and Baltimore — issued flood watches along the I-95 corridor from Fredricksburg to the Maryland-Pennsylvania border.

Thursday afternoon and evening, heavy rain will move into the New York City Metro Area, bringing around an inch and a half of rain to the Big Apple. Long Island, especially the Hamptons, could see closer to two inches of rain.

Another concern along the East Coast will be strong winds. Gale warnings have been issued from the North Carolina-Virginia border to the eastern tip of Long Island. Winds over 35-mph, gusting even higher, are expected.

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The high winds will also cause very choppy and dangerous surf, people are advised to stay out of the water as the storm moves up the East Coast.

The wind and surf action could push water into low lying areas as well. And coastal flooding advisories have been issued for parts New Jersey and Delaware, there could be some minor flooding at high tide.

WeatherNation meteorologists are keeping an eye on this developing situation and bring you updates as needed.

Meteorologist Alan Raymond

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