Pinpoint Weather: Zeta exits the region but flooding and wind remain
The former hurricane Zeta moved through Virginia as a Tropical storm Thursday morning and into the early afternoon is now exiting our viewing area. The speed of Zeta was remarkable pushing through the Mountain Empire toward Richmond at nearly 50 mph. Several Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued from Martinsville to South Boston, and damage reports are trickling in and will continue to do so through the day and evening.
Here are some of the area rainfall totals from Zeta.
Gusty winds were recorded today from Zeta as the cyclone moved through very quickly
Gusty winds were very noticeable along with the rain. The rain may be tapering off but the winds will linger. The issue of the wind coupled with trees that still have a good deal of leaves on them makes the potential for limbs to crack off on to power lines leading to outages. There have been many issues with power already as this event continues there may be more outages.
The speed of the storm will lead to a quick exit of the problems as well. At nearly 50 mph the cyclone will be clearing the Delmarva Peninsula early this evening. The follow up behind the storm is going to be breezy weather along with some much cooler weather.
Today we experienced the mild tropical temperatures but the potential for us to only reach the 50s on both Friday and Halloween is going to be a bit of a chilly night. Also, a full moon, which will be the second full moon this month and it is called a Blue Moon for various reasons. Bottom line is the Blue Moon is very rare and is not actually Blue.
Moving forward into the next week, I will expect to see plenty of clear skies some chilly air. Normal highs for this time of year are the mid to upper 60s, expect to see temps topping out only in the 40s next week in some locations.
Stay safe and healthy