As the “Nor’easter“, “Ghost of Karen” or whatever you choose to call it, drifts north up the Mid-Atlantic coast, large waves and strong winds will pound the shoreline from the North Carolina Outer Banks into New Jersey leading to coastal flooding and beach erosion.
While the intensity of this coastal storm is not especially strong, its long duration means Atlantic beaches will take a multi-day beating. Generally, 2-4 inches of rain is forecast along with wind gusts in the 40-45 mph range and 6-8 foot waves (locally higher).
Already, coastal communities are dealing with the impacts of this storm, which may persist well into the weekend or even early next week.
Along the North Carolina Outer Banks, upwards of 6 inches of rain has fallen, with wind gusts to 50 mph.
— Jesse Ferrell (@Accu_Jesse) October 9, 2013
Newport, NC – NWS office reports storm total of 6.33″ of rain observed at wfo Newport over the past 30 hours ending 6am today. @NCwx
— Jim Cantore (@JimCantore) October 9, 2013
Link: Outer Banks web cams
Flooding is occurring in low-lying areas of Hampton and Virginia Beach, reports WVEC, the ABC affiliate serving the region. The flooding is, for the most part, minor.
Coastal flood advisories are in effect in this region through Thursday morning, for tides up to 1.5 feet above normal.
— Martin Cornick (@MartinMMC) October 9, 2013
— Dominic Brown WTKR (@DominicBrownTV) October 9, 2013
The worst part about all this rain? The flooding. pic.twitter.com/jxcjquiH3c
— Kris Lynch (@Krizin) October 9, 2013
— Todd Corillo WTKR (@ToddCorillo) October 9, 2013
Coastal flood advisories are also in effect at the Maryland and Delaware beaches, which are bracing for multiple elevated high tide cycles into the weekend. The flooding is mostly expected to be minor but there is a chance of some moderate flooding Thursday says the National Weather Service.
RAIN DRIVEN BY GALE FORCE NORTHEAST WINDS COMBINED WITH HIGH SURF COULD RESULT IN EVEN GREATER COASTAL INUNDATION FLOODING DURING THE MIDDAY AND AFTERNOON HOURS ON THURSDAY
Waves cranking on the MD-DE Coast. 7.2′ at Bethany Beach, DE. Forecast surf 8-10 feet later today and tonight. http://t.co/Aq6k8I1xID
— Mike Seidel (@mikeseidel) October 9, 2013
For more details on the expected coastal impacts for the northern Delmarva and southern New Jersey, see this National Weather Service briefing package: Prolonged Coastal Storm