The National Weather Service in Wakefield, Va., has issued a Thursday noon (July 8) briefing about the potential impacts from Tropical Storm Elsa, currently lifting across the Carolinas early this morning.
Overview and Impacts:
- A Flash Flood Watch in effect for most areas through late tonight, as 2-4″ of rainfall with locally higher amounts will result in scattered instances of flash/urban flooding across much of the area.
- Tropical Storm Warnings remain in effect for portions of northeastern North Carolina, southeastern/eastern Virginia, and the lower Eastern Shore.
- Elsa is forecast to track across northern North Carolina and eastern Virginia later this afternoon into tonight.
- Tropical Storm force wind gusts across portions of northeast North Carolina, southeastern/eastern Virginia, and the Eastern Shore late this afternoon into this evening.
- A few tornadoes cannot be ruled out across southeastern/eastern Virginia, northeastern North Carolina, southeastern Maryland, and the Virginia Eastern Shore.
- Minor tidal flooding with 1- to 2-foot of inundation is possible on the north side of the Albemarle Sound this afternoon/evening and Bayside locations of the Virginia/Maryland Eastern Shore tonight.