Storm Churns Along East CoastSystem will bring drenching rain, stiff winds, rough surf and seas
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.
Clouds and rain will reach inland to Raleigh, N.C., Washington, D.C., and Harrisburg, Pa.
The rain will stay east of Atlanta and Pittsburgh, but it will reach northward to New York City and could sneak into Boston for a time.
Widespread flooding from rainfall is not expected. However, any prolonged downpour in urban areas, combined with a stiff breeze can lead to travel delays from poor visibility and poor drainage area flooding, mainly from I-95 on east.
Despite the rapid eastward progress of a front with heavy rain and gusty storms Monday along much of the I-95 corridor, weather systems are grinding to a halt just off the coast for the rest of the week and into the weekend.
A storm will hover along the mid-Atlantic coast, while high pressure holds over northern New England.
The setup will create an easterly flow of moisture from the Atlantic Ocean across eastern North Carolina to the Delmarva Peninsula and New Jersey that will last for days.
The cloudy, wet weather associated with the storm will tend to expand northward later this week, before possibly retreating southward a bit this weekend. However, it is likely to remain dismal through the weekend from southern New Jersey to the Virginia capes.
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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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