Fiona will bring strong winds to the Chesapeake, Virginia’s eastern coast

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The combination of Hurricane Fiona, which is moving far off the coast of Bermuda this evening, and a strong cold front moving through Virginia will create windy conditions along the Chesapeake Bay as well as off the Virginia coast.

A gale warning is in effect for the Chesapeake Bay and down the coastline through the Outer Banks. Winds over the bay could be near 40 mph overnight and early tomorrow.

The combination of Hurricane Fiona moving through us and a cold front moving into Virginia will create windy conditions in the eastern part of the state.

Strong gusty winds will continue onshore Friday afternoon. Seas will rise five to seven feet over the bay and soundings in North Carolina. The sea will have seven to twelve foot waves.

In Virginia, there is a risk of coastal flooding along the Atlantic coast.

Strong winds from Hurricane Fiona will create a risk of coastal flooding along Virginia’s Atlantic Face beaches.

In North Carolina, the risk of coastal flooding is highest from Hatteras Island and southwest to Ocracoke.

By Friday evening and Saturday, the storm could be headed toward Nova Scotia and could potentially become a historic storm for eastern Canada.

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