Danny should have little Suffolk impact

Published 10:29 pm Thursday, August 27, 2009

Tropical Storm Danny is churning up the East Coast, but a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wakefield says Suffolk shouldn’t expect much.

“We’re not expecting much in the way of winds,” James Foster said. “At the present time, as far as winds and precipitation, most of it is on the east side of the storm.”

Foster noted that Danny could bring “a stray rain band or two” to Suffolk on Friday and Saturday, but most of Danny’s effects will be concentrated about 200 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras and Virginia Beach.

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“It will keep off to the north and mostly miss land” until it gets to New England, Foster said. “It’s not going to be much of an event for us.”

A tropical storm watch was in effect as of Thursday afternoon for the North Carolina coast, according to the National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 36 hours.

The advisory warns the East Coast from North Carolina to New England to monitor the storm’s progress. Additional watches and warnings may be issued as the slow-moving storm plods westward.

However, a cold front moving in from the west likely will have more effect than the tropical storm, Foster said. That motion will bring showers and a chance of thunderstorms this weekend, likely on Sunday.

For up-to-date information on the storm’s track, visit www.weather.gov.