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Posted on: October 2, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Flooding threat will continue into weekend

Oct. 2, 2015 - Most of the heavy rains from the persistent storm are over, and forecasters have agreed that Joaquin will head out to sea. However, winds and flooding - possibly severe - will remain with us throughout the weekend.

Weather Service officials cautioned that this storm is still "an event of magnitude and duration." Watch for updates on the news, on hampton.gov and on Hampton’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Friday afternoon's high tide caused significant flooding in many areas of Hampton, along Newmarket Creek, in Grandview and Fox Hill, downtown, in Riverdale, Buckroe, Salt Ponds and elsewhere.

The next three tides are expected to be near - but less than - that level. Look for some flooding Saturday at 1:41 a.m and 2:12 p.m. and Sunday at 2:40 a.m.

Sunday is expected to create tidal flooding greater than Friday. That high tide will be at 3:14 p.m. However, it won't be compounded by rainfall. Forecasters say Monday morning's tide may also be moderate to significant.

It will continue to be windy - 20-25 mph Saturday and 25-30 mph Sunday, with gusts up to 40 mph.

The city remains under a coastal flood warning through Sunday, with flooding forecast during high tide cycles.

Preliminary measurements of high tide on the James River at Sewell’s Point show Friday afternoon's level at 6.2 feet, which is at the upper end of “moderate” levels. The next 3 cycles are expected to be about 5.6-5.8 feet. However, Sunday afternoon tides could hit 6.7 feet. (Tides are measured above MLLW, or mean lower low water.)

For comparison, Hurricane Floyd’s peak at Sewell's Point in 1999 was 5.97 feet. Sandy's peak in 2012 was 6.81 feet.

Hampton fire and police will have extra staff on duty throughout the weekend. Public Works will be clearing drains and roads.

Residents are urged not to drive on flooded roads. Hampton residents are posting neighborhood photos on the city's Facebook page, so please view the photos rather than driving through areas.

Residents are encouraged to make appropriate plans for the weekend. Those living in low-lying areas, or residents with special needs, are urged to closely monitor weather conditions.

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