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Posted on: October 1, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Rain, flooding and winds expected through weekend

Oct 1, 2015 - Hampton can expect — at the least — moderate flooding, high winds and lots of rain this weekend. There is still a great deal of uncertainty about Hurricane Joaquin’s track, so more severe weather remains a strong possibility.

Although recent forecasts indicate that Joaquin is more likely to stay off the coast of Virginia, the storm is so large that Hampton will still feel some effects, weather officials warn.

Some events scheduled for this week have already been cancelled or postponed, including the Crawlin' Crab races and the chili festival. Trash collection and other city services are expected to continue as usual Friday.

Flooding remains the largest concern this weekend. Hampton has received 3-5 inches of rain so far, and the total is expected to reach 7-10 inches. Forecasters said rainfall may come in waves, with an inch falling in an hour at times. Because the ground already saturated, there may be some flash flooding due to rain. Add to that higher-than-normal tides and potential coastal wave action from Joaquin, and moderate to severe flooding is likely in places.

Wind will be high, about 25 mph, Thursday and Friday. If Joaquin’s track holds, Sunday and Monday could see wind speeds of 30-35 mph, with heavier gusts, especially along the coast.

The City of Hampton has declared a state of emergency and is making preparations for the rest of the week. Police and fire teams are pre-positioning high-water vehicles and rescue boats near flood-prone areas of the city. Human services staff is preparing to open a shelter should that become necessary. Parks is readying tree crews. And Public Works is already clearing ditches of accumulated debris and watching storm drains, especially in trouble spots like Riverdale, Buckroe and Phoebus.

Residents are encouraged to make appropriate plans. Those living in low-lying areas, or residents with special needs, are urged to closely monitor weather conditions, and everyone should check and update their preparedness supplies.

Watch for updates on the news, on and on Hampton’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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