Beryl Flood Pics & More Rain Friday Eve.May 31st, 2012 at 8:44 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
Heavy rain fell across parts of the region yesterday. Especially over the Outer Banks. Last night Beryl became a post-tropical cyclone, but as it made the transition it still dumped heavy rain along the coast. There were a few wind gusts over 40mph down across the Outer Banks, but rain was the big story as advertised. Several areas got some much needed rain, so Beryl was not a bad thing for everybody. But other areas had too much rain too soon. Here is the estimated rainfall from our radar:
Keep in mind that the rain totals go back 24 hours, but some rain fell before that point. Norfolk International Airport had 2.10″ of rain. Elizabeth City only had 1.71″. I say only because my weather watcher Greg in Currituck had 3″ of rain. Donna in Blackwater (S. Virginia Beach) had 1.5″. Mike in Whaleyville had 2″ and he says there is a lot of standing water in the fields in southern Suffolk. That is becoming a problem for a lot of farmers lately. They have had trouble getting in the fields and harvesting wheat. Finally, Scott in Yorktown had 0.5″ of rain. I did have one OBX viewer email me, Don in Kitty Hawk. He said he had 4.5-5″. I believe it. Look at some of the photos that were sent in from our viewers yesterday. The first one is from Kim Moreland in Kill Devil Hills. She said she was going out for Chinese food when she rain into this:
The next photo is from the same city. It is from Debbie Relich.
There were a lot of flooded streets down that way. In fact some people got their cars stuck in the high water. This last photo was sent in from Teresa Streb in Nags Head. It shows a couple of firefighters trying to assist a person who was stuck.
There were some flooded streets in Hampton Roads as well. I heard about some street flooding around Volvo Parkway yesterday, but didn’t see any photos from there. Now Beryl is long gone, and we’ll get a chance to dry things out today.
High pressure is building in behind Beryl. A weak cool front will move through, but it will dry things out more than it will cool things down. In fact the front is expected to stall out over North Carolina later today, and may not cool down that area at all:
The front will pass back north as a warm front by late tonight. Tomorrow we’ll heat up with a strong south wind with gusts up to 30mph. The heat and humidity will return as well. Highs will be in the upper 80s to low 90s. Along with that, some stronger upper level winds will ride overhead. This will create some strong/severe thunderstorms across central Virginia and North Carolina. The storms are expected to move very slowly. So the models don’t show rain for Hampton Roads metro until about after 9pm. If the storms can get here sooner, then we could see some severe weather. I do think some isolated showers and storms are possible tomorrow afternoon/evening, but the stronger line of storms isn’t expected until overnight Friday. The storms should move through quick enough that I don’t expect the same type of rain that we saw with Beryl, but a few cities will see heavy rain again. Those scattered showers and storms will continue into Saturday morning with the passage of the next cold front. After that we’ll clear out and have some nice weather Saturday afternoon and Sunday. Highs will be near 80, and the humidity will drop. Finally, a return of some comfortable (less humid) air.
Love you too hun…. Oh sorry I was texting while blogging and got the words mixed up. : ) Have a great day.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler