Fall storm slams Mid-Atlantic coast

Flooding rains, gale force winds, and rough seas. Not a hurricane, but a slow moving area of low pressure has been creeping up the East Coast.

Just days ago, the system was Category 2 Hurricane Ida. It's now a Nor'easter, packing cold winds of 55 miles per hour with high temperatures only in the 40s and 50s.

Cold, wet and miserable, said Jillian Anderson.

It's cold... I'm missing the 70 degrees we had over the weekend, said Aisha Gardiner.

The hardest hit is Virginia where a state of emergency has been declared.

At Virginia Beach, persistent tropical storm wind gusts have caused roof damage and power outages, and with nearly six inches of rain, coastal flooding continues.

If I had to describe it, it's the worst day ever, said a Virginia Beach resident.

In Norfolk, gusty conditions and street flooding are the main problems. Even large trucks had a tough time steering through the high water. Wind speeds reached 53 miles per hour early Thursday morning.

The gusts were so high in Richmond that branches were snapped, falling on power lines. Saturated soil and high winds even uprooted large trees.

Coastal Mid-Atlantic cities could total up as much as 6 to 8 inches of rainfall and some isolated amounts could reachas much as a foot.

The storm system is expected to push out to sea just in time to dry out for the weekend, as the clean up begins.

If tomorrow is the last day, I'll be very happy, said a VirginiaBeach resident.


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