Wind, rain still a concern

Published 9:25 am Thursday, September 13, 2018

With Hurricane Florence still trending southwest, the impact on Suffolk is going to improve vastly in the coming days.

“The trend that started 48 hours ago for the storm to stall near the coast and head south-southwest has helped overnight, and that means the impact here locally, from a rain and wind perspective, is much improved from even 48 hours ago,” said National Weather Service Wakefield meteorologist Ryan Rogers.

While Suffolk won’t see the bulk of the impact, it doesn’t mean local residents won’t still feel Hurricane Florence. Rogers believes there are still concerns for coastal flooding, rain and wind.

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“We are looking at much-improved rainfall totals than what we were originally thinking,” Rogers said.

Suffolk is trending to have anywhere between 3 to 5 inches of rain, but localized amounts could possibly be higher, according to Rogers.

Wind will still be an issue for Suffolk. The city will see 15- to 20-mile-per-hour winds throughout the day, and in the evening, sustained winds may inch closer to 25 mph.

Wind gusts will be much higher than projected, but the southern part of Suffolk will see higher wind speeds into the evening. They can expect winds more than 30 mph.

“Florence is a large storm, and its wind field is expansive to the north and to the right. For the rest of the afternoon we can see increasing winds through the day, but nothing out of the ordinary,” Rogers said.

The storm and its effects will improve by Saturday.