The National Weather Service in Wakefield has issued a Coastal Flood Advisory, which is in effect from 4 PM this afternoon to
10 PM EDT this evening for the bayside of Virginia Eastern Shore. Along the seaside there is a Beach Hazards and Rip Current Statements in effect.
For the Coastal Flood Advisory, a couple hours on either side of this evening’s high tide cycle. For the Beach Hazards Statement, until 8 PM EDT this evening. For the High Rip Current Risk, until 8 PM EDT this evening.
Shallow flooding is expected in the most vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline resulting in a low threat of property damage. Expect up to one foot of water above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. Some roads and low lying property including parking lots, parks and lawns near the waterfront will experience shallow flooding.
Breaking waves of 4 to 5 feet will result in rough surf conditions and a high risk of rip currents.
A Coastal Flood Advisory means that onshore winds, wave action and/or tides will combine to create flooding of low areas along
the shore and near tidal rivers and creeks. Be prepared for the possibility of road closures and minor flooding of properties. If travel is necessary, do not attempt to drive through water of unknown depth.
A Beach Hazards Statement is issued when threats such as rip currents, longshore currents, sneaker waves and other hazards create life-threatening conditions in the surf zone. Caution should be used when in or near the water.
There is a high risk of rip currents.
Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore, which occur most often at low spots or breaks in the sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as jetties and piers. Heed the advice of lifeguards, beach patrol flags and signs.
If you become caught in a rip current, relax and float. Don’t swim against the current. If able, swim in a direction following the shoreline. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help.