RICHMOND, Va. — The latest on drenching rains in Virginia:
The emergency management coordinator in Chincoteague is urging residents to be wary of tidal flooding.
Brian Rush says that’s the main concern Friday and Friday night, with steady rainfall expected to become heavier throughout the day. High tides are forecast around noon and shortly after midnight.
The National Weather Service says up to an inch of rain could fall in the area during the day, with another quarter- to half-inch possible overnight.
The agency says winds could gust up to 48 mph Friday and up to 55 mph overnight.
Lighter rainfall and lighter winds are expected on Saturday.
The Virginia National Guard plans to have up to 800 personnel in place by Friday night to respond to storm-related events.
Staging areas will be in Hampton Roads, central and southwest Virginia and in the Shenandoah Valley.
Deputy director of joint operations Lt. Col. Douglas Gagnon says personnel must be in place before the severe weather hit to allow for a rapid response when needed.
He says among the tasks the Guard is prepared to handle include tree and debris removal and transporting flood victims to safety.
The Virginia National Guard was last on state active duty in February and March responding to heavy snow and flooding.
A flash flood watch is in effect for Virginia through Saturday night.
The National Weather Service says rain will become widespread and increase in intensity over saturated ground, increasing the risk of landslides.
Rainfall amounts are expected to total 2 to 5 inches in some places. And that’s well before any possible impacts from Hurricane Joaquin moving up the East Coast.
A gale warning also has been posted for coastal areas.
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