The Sandy storm system should cause flooding especially on the bayside. The current forecast path of storm Sandy will likely cause flooding especially in the low lying bayside communities late Sunday and into Monday. Flooding can be expected in the low lying areas around Saxis, Muddy Creek, Deep Creek, Chesconessex Creek, Pungoteague Creek, Nandua Creek, Hacks Neck, Occohannock Creek, the Bayford and other low lying areas around Nassawadox Creek, Cape Charles and Cherrystone Creek. Models call for strong winds from the northwest which should result in moderate flooding, three to four feet above mean low water Monday on the bayside. Low lying roads along the bayside on Monday are expected to flood. Residents who wish to leave these areas should make early plans as to where they wish to stay during the worst of the storm.
The seaside wont be exempt from the high tides. Sunday seems to be the day low lying areas will see the flooding tides. Residents of Oyster, Willis Wharf, Wachapreague, along Folly Creek, Parkers Creek, Assawoman Creek, the Wisharts Point area around Atlantic, Chincoteague, Trails End, and Greenbackville may see some roads covered on Sunday.
Some forecasters are calling Sandy a possible 100 year storm. While the storm is a tropical hurricane it is expected to become extra tropical Sunday into Monday which will cause it to interact with an East Coast Trough of low pressure and expand in size. Tropical Storm winds could extend as much as 250-300 miles from the center. If the storm moves into the mouth of Delaware Bay as currently forecast, the tropical storm wind field will extend over the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Boat owners should start preparing in case we do get serious weather from the storm system. Boats that can be put on trailers should be hauled by Sunday. Extra lines should be added to larger boats and the effects of extra high tides should be taken into consideration when adding extra lines.
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