Tropical Storm Andrea to Bring Rain to Our Area
Posted at 12:55 p.m.
According to the National Hurricane Center, tropical storm conditions are beginning to move onshore along the west coast of Florida as Tropical Storm Andrea approaches landfall.
The Capital Weather Gang reports “the NHC forecast and models are in excellent agreement on the future track of Andrea… with a landfall expected later this afternoon near Perry, Fla. (between Tallahassee and Gainesville), then racing northeast over the Carolinas during the first half of Friday, eastern Virginia and the Delmarva peninsula later on Friday, then finally offshore and toward Nova Scotia on Saturday.”
For us here in Virginia — and Fairfax County — the effects from Andrea will generally be seen late Friday morning into the evening. The forecast calls for rain as our main threat; winds will be minimal based on current models.
According to emergency management officials, based on the current track, rainfall is forecast to be heaviest east of the Interstate 95 corridor to the coast. Here in Northern Virginina, the weather forecast predicts 1-2 inches of rain with locally higher amounts possible; flash flooding also is possible in poor drainage and low lying areas on Friday. Meanwhile, tides in the Alexandria area are predicted to be approximately ½ foot above normal.
Based on the latest forecast track, NWS rainfall predictions and tide forecast, at this time county officials do not anticipate any structural flooding in the Huntington or BelleView/New Alexandria areas.
Be sure to monitor local weather forecasts, NOAA weather radio and CEAN weather alerts for more information on Tropical Storm Andrea should conditions change.