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Posted on: September 1, 2016

[ARCHIVED] National Weather Service issues flash flood watch for Hampton through Saturday

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Sept. 1, 2016 - The National Weather Service in Wakefield has issued a flash flood watch for Hampton from late Friday night through Saturday evening. Hampton's Emergency Management Office said heavy rain from Tropical Storm Hermine will bring 2-5 inches of rain, with the heaviest rainfall near the coast.

A flash flood watch means conditions may develop that lead to sometimes dangerous flash flooding. Low-lying areas in the city, along with locations near creeks and streams, will be the most prone to flooding, and high water may make some roads impassable.

Hui-Shan Walker, Emergency Management coordinator, said city officials will continue to monitor the weather and key departments and services, including Police, Public Works, Fire, damage assessment teams and shelter teams, are ready if needed. Hampton Roads Ecumenical Lodgings and Provisions, the non-profit that works with the city's homeless and those in crisis, is also available, Walker said.

According to the Weather Service, Hermine is expected to become a hybrid storm with characteristics of both a tropical storm and a nor'easter. Flooding in this region could be as high as what was experienced this past October.

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