Based on the current forecast, there is a potential for severe thunderstorms, heavy rainfall and strong coastal winds on Friday afternoon and into Friday evening.
Depending on the severity of the storm, it could cause power outages in different areas of Virginia. Our crews will be fully mobilized and prepared to respond if power outages occur. We will have hundreds of crews and trucks in position across Virginia in case power outages occur – working around the clock to restore customers’ lights.
As always, please stay away from downed power lines. If you see a downed pole or wire, please report it by calling 1-866-DOM-HELP and stay at least 30 feet away. The line could be energized and dangerous. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
After making an east coast Florida landfall as a hurricane overnight the remnants of Nicole will merge with a cold front and cross the commonwealth tomorrow bringing the potential for heavy rainfall, gusty showers, and thunderstorms. The Northern and Western Virginia regions will see heavy rainfall potential. The Central and Eastern Virginia regions have the greatest risk for gusty shower and thunderstorm potential.
Key Points for Dominion Energy VA/NC impacts:
- Breezy coastal conditions tomorrow morning – tomorrow night
- Inland sustained winds run 10-20 mph with 25-35 mph gusts
- Immediate coastal sustained winds run 20-30 mph with 35-45 mph gusts, strongest in the evening
- Shower chances increase tomorrow morning, although a couple of isolated showers are possible in NC tonight, becoming more widespread by tomorrow afternoon
- 2-3 inches in Northern and Western Virginia areas, 1-2 inches in Central, up to an inch in Eastern; locally higher amounts possible
- Rain will be heaviest and most persistent in Northern and Western Virginia, while Central and Eastern may see extended breaks in the rain throughout the day
- Rain is clear by Saturday morning
- Increased chance for gusty thunderstorms and a few tornadoes across Central and Eastern
- Isolated 50-60 mph thunderstorm gusts
- Peak trouble timing is 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Clear and calmer conditions return Saturday through early next week. A few isolated, light showers cannot be ruled out overnight Saturday into Sunday morning, but otherwise mostly dry conditions for the weekend. Colder temperatures will be in place through next week. Shower potential looks to return Tuesday-Wednesday as an area of low pressure moves over our area.