September 23, 2023
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One of the effects of tropical storm Ophelia will be the tides on the Eastern Shore Saturday.

Residents living in low lying areas or those who experience road flooding should expect that flooding to occur during times of high tide.

Heavy rains could also result in road flooding in poorly drained areas.

High tides for Saturday will occur at approximately 3:30 p.m. on the seaside.  It is possible that the  Chincoteague causeway will become impassable Saturday afternoon.   Other areas of concern will be Wachapreague, around the waterfront,  Quinby,  Willis Wharf and Oyster.  Residents are urged to plan travel on low lying roads around the tide cycle.

On the bayside, high tides will occur at Cape Charles around 3:30 p.m.,  Onancock at 7:00 p.m. and at Saxis at around 8 p.m. Areas from downtown Cape Charles, to Bayford, Occohannock Neck, Hacks Neck, Harborton, East Point, the Onancock Wharf area, Chesconnessex, Deep Creek, Hunting Creek, Sanford, Saxis and other low lying areas on the bayside that usually experience tidal flooding will have some impassable roads approximately 2 hours before and after high tide.

As the low pressure area clears the area Saturday afternoon and Saturday night, tides are expected to return to normal.

Motorists are cautioned to avoid areas where the road is covered with water.

NAPA JUNE

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