Stormy Weather Ahead for Mid-AtlanticSlow-moving storm systems will hover along the coast into the weekend
After many days of sunshine and warmth during late September and early October, the atmosphere has some payback for the mid-Atlantic coast in the form of a siege of cloudy, wet and even stormy weather into this weekend.
Episodes of drenching rain, stiff winds, rough surf and seas are in store from North Carolina's Outer Banks, to Virginia Beach, Va., Ocean City, Md., Rehoboth Beach, Del., and Atlantic City, N.J. Beach erosion is possible in these areas with minor coastal flooding, mainly around times of high tide.
Fortunately, the astronomical tide will not be extreme during most of the storm with the first-quarter phase of the moon on Friday. Astronomical tides are greatest around the time of the full and new moon.
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However, how long the dismal weather lasts at a given location will depend on how much dry air is able to fight back from the north.
The storm contains some of the moisture and the old circulation from Tropical Rainstorm Karen.
There is a slight chance the area of unsettled weather redevelops tropical characteristics, but it is not likely to happen quickly.
According to Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski, "If the system can linger over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream long enough it could develop, but any development is not likely to happen until late in the weekend or early next week."
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