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Monday, October 29, 2012

10.29 0700 hrs briefing

Most of the activity overnight occured in the tidewater area. Significant inland impacts are expected today.

Weather Forecast:
Hurricane Sandy is on northern track due east of Cape Hatteras NC. Sandy has strengthened as expected with winds now at 85 mph as she transitions to a strong Nor’Easter. Moderate to potentially severe tidal flooding is forecast for coastal VA during periods of high tides today.   The moderate to severe tidal flooding along the Eastern Shore is forecast thru Tuesday. 
Coastal Virginia and eastern shore localities remain under a high wind warning until midnight tonight for sustained winds of 35/45 mph and wind gusts to 60 mph.  In general, winds will be less severe further inland, with gusts to 40 to 45 mph expected across much of the Interstate 95 corridor including Richmond, with 35-40 mph gusts west of this region. 
Five to seven (5-7) inches of rain is expected in Hampton Roads and eight to ten (8-10) inches along the Eastern Shore.  The heaviest rainfall is expected today, Monday, and Monday night, with highest amounts over eastern Virginia near the Bay and the coast (these areas are under a Flood Watch).

• Blizzard Warning Dickenson & Buchanan Counties from Noon today until 4AM Wednesday
• Snow accumulations up to 6 inches (below 2,000 feet)
• Snow accumulations up to 1 to 2 feet in higher elevations
• Wind gusts up to 50 mph
• Winter Storm Warning & Watches far Southwest VA until 8AM Wednesday
• High Wind Warning until Wednesday Morning for areas along & west of the Blue Ridge & Northern Virginia
• Winds from 25-35 mph, Gusts to 45  mph

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