Weather Service Issues Accomack Bayside Flood Warning and Other Advisories for Incoming Coastal Storm

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Updated Jan. 16, 2:45 p.m., with afternoon NWS briefing

Staff Report —

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for bayside Accomack County, a flood advisory for Northampton, and other advisories associated with a winter storm barreling up the Eastern Seaboard.

Flooding
A Coastal Flood Warning has been issued for the Accomack County bayside for up to two feet of inundation above ground level for low-lying areas near shorelines and tidal waterways. Some roads may be closed. Low-lying property — including homes, businesses, and some critical infrastructure may be inundated. Shorelines will be vulnerable to erosion. The Coastal Flood Warning is in effect from 11  p.m. today, Sunday, Jan. 16, until 3 p.m. Monday.

A Coastal Flood Advisory has been issued for Northampton County bayside from Jan. 16, 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. Expect up to 1 foot of inundation above ground level in low-lying areas near shorelines and tidal waterways.

NWS recommends taking action to protect flood-prone property. If travel is required, do not drive around barricades or through water of unknown depth.

High Surf
The High Surf Advisory has been issued for the seaside of Accomack and Northampton counties from Jan. 16, 7 p.m., until Jan. 17, 10 a.m. Expect large breaking waves of 8 to 12 feet in the surf zone. Shorelines will be vulnerable to erosion. Some roads and low-lying property, including parking lots, parks, and lawns near the waterfront will experience shallow flooding.

High Wind
The High Wind Advisory will be in effect from Jan. 16, 7 p.m., until Jan. 17, 4 a.m., for Northampton and Accomack counties. Expect southeast winds 25-35 mph with gusts to 50 mph. Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result. NWS recommends using extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high-profile vehicle, and securing outdoor objects.

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