Powerful Nor'easter pastes SE Va. & local beaches
The remnants of Hurricane Ida, now a potent Nor'easter, will go down in the record books as a historic storm for southeast Virginia.
Some interesting facts:
*High tide at Sewells Point hit 7.68 feet last night, slightly lower than Hurricane Isabel's 7.9 feet in 2003.
*Widespread 5-10" rainfall totals were reported and peak wind gusts reached 70-75 mph in many coastal areas. See peak winds and rainfall totals.
*Yesterday evening more than 175,000 people had lost power in southeast Va. according to Dominion Power.
Further north along the Maryland/Delaware eastern shore, this has also been a remarkable storm. Heavy beach erosion and flooding have been reported. The southbound and northbound lanes of Route 1 around Rehoboth and Dewey beaches were closed due to flooding as waves had broken through the dunes according to WBOC-TV.
National Weather Service coastal floods statements indicated coastal flooding would be the worst in more than a decade...7-8 feet or so above mean lower low water. 57 people evacuated their homes due to flooding in Sussex county, Del.
Conditions will gradually improve for coastal areas today as the storm drifts north and east. However, rain and breezy conditions will linger into early Saturday.
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