RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The National Weather Service in Wakefield has issued coastal flood warnings and Wind Advisories for Virginia’s coast.
According to the NWS, major flooding is forecasted in the Hampton Roads and Eastern Shore areas, along with wind gusts up to 50mph. The portion of the James River that runs through Richmond is expected to remain below Flood Stage.
Flooding between two and three feet above ground level is possible and evacuations may be considered in areas such as York, Surry, James City, Isle of Wight, Suffolk and Newport News. The tide height at the Jamestown/Scotland Ferry in Surry County is expected to reach 5.8 feet on Monday. A tide height of above 4 feet in the area is considered flooding and above 5 feet is considered major flooding. Notice that even at low tide, the levels stay in the “Action” stage.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) monitors two gauges on the James River near Richmond and both predict river levels under the flooding stage over the next couple of days.
According to the Richmond-Westham gauge, located upriver of the City of Richmond, the river level is expected to reach 4.5 feet by Tuesday. This gauge is a good predictor of river levels in popular recreation areas such as Huguenot Flatwater, Pony Pasture and Belle Isle. Twelve feet in that area would be considered flooding.
The gauge at Richmond Locks, located downriver of the rapids on the James where the river becomes tidal, is expected to reach 6.5 feet on Monday, near flood stage. Eight feet in that area would be considered flooding.
More information on forecasted water levels in Virginia can be found here.