National Weather Service Forecast - Joaquin has started to move north, more off shore. As the storm passes Virginia it will be far enough away from our coast line not to cause major damage. Keeping in mind Joaquin has become a very large Cat 4 storm and has become very unpredictable and remember the forecast can change at any time.
Essex County next 24 hours: 3-5 inches of rain, heavy at times, minor to moderate flooding, steady winds 30-35 mph. Starting Friday morning through Saturday night we are expected to get 3-6 inches of rain (worse case 7-10 inches of rain), heavy at times, minor to moderate flooding, and winds will be steady at 25-35 mph with gust up to 40 mph.
The tides will remain high for the next 3 or 4 days and there may be an increase in the tide level before they start to lower.