Aquaculture FacilityFlood waters affect the Aquaculture Facility in the VIMS Boat Basin. 8:02 am on Thursday, November 12, 2009.
Flood waters in Franklin Hall in the VIMS Boat Basin. 7:49 am on Thursday, November 12, 2009.
Franklin HallFlood waters in Franklin Hall in the VIMS Boat Basin. 7:52 am on Thursday, November 12, 2009.
Bay EagleFlood waters in the VIMS Boat Basin raise the R/V Bay Eagle above the level of the bulkhead. 8:04 am on Thursday, November 12, 2009.
WadingMarine scientist Erin Shields in the VIMS Boat Basin with the VIMS Aquaculture facility in the background. 9 am, Thursday November 12, 2009.
Photo by Dave Parrish.
Gloucester Point ParkFlood waters enter Gloucester Point Park. 9:17 am, Thursday, November 12, 2009.
Oyster Pump HouseFlood waters cover the Gloucester Point Public Boat Ramp near the VIMS Oyster Pump House. 9:19 am on Thursday, November 12, 2009.
Boat RampFlood waters cover the Gloucester Point Public Boat Ramp. 9:20 am on Thursday, November 12, 2009.
Queens Lake MarinaThe storm tide from the nor'easter floods the Queens Lake Marina. The marina lies on Queens Creek, a tidal tributary of the York River near Williamsburg. 7:30 am on Thursday, November 12, 2009.
Jenkins NeckJenkins Neck, Virginia. 8:15 am on Thursday November 12. Photo by Capt. Voight C Hogge.
Vessels Operation CenterThe new Vessels Operation Center at VIMS was built on an elevated foundation to avoid storm-surge flooding. 7:59 am on Thursday, November 12, 2009.
Gloucester Point Fishing PierFlood waters impinge on the Gloucester Point Public Fishing Pier. 9:22 am on Thursday, November 12, 2009.
A significant coastal-flooding event is occurring along the mid-Atlantic coast, as a low-pressure remnant from Tropical Depression Ida is traveling up the Atlantic seaboard. The coastal low is interacting with high pressure over New England to set up a pressure gradient that is bringing strong, gusty winds and significant storm tides to tidewater Virginia and other areas along the East Coast.
Statements from the National Weather Service Office in Wakefield VA are comparing this scenario to a nor'easter in February 1998 that brought the highest storm tides to the lower Chesapeake Bay since the Ash Wednesday storm of March 1962.
Storm-surge guidance from the Global Forecast System (GFS) forecasts a storm surge of 5.5 feet for Hampton Roads (Sewells Point) late Thursday and Friday. If this surge occurs at the time of predicted high tide of 3.2 feet on Thursday and Friday, the potential exists for a storm tide of up to 8.5 feet above MLLW, which would exceed the values during Hurricane Isabel and come very close to the values reached during the Ash Wednesday Storm of March 1962.