County Monitors Risk for Severe Weekend Weather

There is a slight risk for severe weather for Maryland Eastern Shore for this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. As low pressure moves up the Appalachians, conditions will become increasingly favorable for severe thunderstorm development across the entire region Friday afternoon into Friday night. Worcester County Department of Emergency Services will continue to update the Ocean Pines Association on the possible threats of a weekend storm.

This includes the potential for damaging winds, large hail, and a few tornadoes. In addition, there is a slight risk for excessive rainfall on Friday across much of the region, especially those areas along/west of I-95. This means that flash flooding is possible due to heavy rainfall from thunderstorms. Lastly, marine interests should be prepared for possible southerly gale force gusts in excess of 35-40 kt Friday afternoon into Friday night. See attached graphics for more details.

Location: All of central and southeast Virginia, the Virginia and Maryland eastern shore and northeast North Carolina. This includes the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Coastal Waters. Nearly the entire area is under a slight risk for excessive rainfall.

Timing: Timing will be refined as the event becomes closer. However, current indications suggest the biggest threat for severe weather and flash flooding will be late Friday afternoon through the early morning hours Friday Night/Saturday morning.

Overview and Impacts:
• The environment currently looks favorable for a few tornadoes late Friday afternoon into Friday night, especially across southeast Virginia and Northeast North Carolina. People should consider their tornado action plans and what they would do if a tornado warning is issued for your area.
• Severe storms could result in areas of 60-80 mph wind gusts Friday afternoon into Friday night. This may lead to downed trees and power outages. Large hail is also possible.
• Rain will be heavy at times, allowing for the potential for flash flooding. The best chance for flash flooding will be along/west of I-95 but all areas should be prepared for the potential for flash flooding.
• Marine interests should be prepared for gale force wind conditions Friday afternoon into Friday Night as the low approaches.
• Details will become better defined as the event comes closer. However, everyone should think about their severe weather safety plans now so they can quickly act if severe weather approaches your location Friday.

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