Thursday, November 12, 2009

Coastal Storm Update

North Carolina 12, in the center of the picture, is washed over with sand and surf while the mighty Atlantic is on the right. This image is looking north from the Village of Rodanthe on the Outer Banks at 8:12 this morning.

The remains of Ida combined with high pressure over Quebec continues to produce a significant wind and water event for the mid Atlantic coast from Long Island south to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Web cams this morning are showing a fierce Atlantic Ocean rising up and in some cases over the dunes producing severe flooding, especially along the Outer Banks and in Virginia Beach. The still shot above is from the web cam looking north from the Village of Rodanthe, a place I know very well. Hatteras Island is narrow at this location and subject to ocean overwash. Winds in the region are gusting from the northeast to 60mph and many regions have reported 3 to 6 inches of rain. Numerous warnings for flash flooding, high surf, high winds and coastal surge remain in effect from New York City to South Carolina and inland up the Chesapeake Bay towards Washington.

The northern extent of the precipitation is into New Jersey while the extreme edge of the cloud shield made for a brilliant sunrise in Montreal today. It appears this system will stay south of Quebec and northern New England for now.

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