Area could see remnants of Laura

Published 9:09 pm Thursday, August 27, 2020

After two days of heat indices above 100, the area will cool down on Saturday, but not quite the way many people would hope.

The remnants of Hurricane Laura, which struck the Gulf Coast early Thursday morning as a strong Category 4 storm, are expected to track across the country and impact Virginia on Saturday.

Exactly what those impacts will be, and where, will depend on many factors, though. One of those factors is the exact path of the center of the storm, which is still uncertain.

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“It depends on where the center goes, but it does look like an increased threat of showers and thunderstorms Saturday afternoon and evening,” said National Weather Service Wakefield meteorologist Mike Rusnak.

The remnants could potentially bring some strong storms along with the threat of tornadoes, but Rusnak said there is not a high level of confidence of that.

Wakefield is calling for winds of 10 to 17 miles per hour, gusting to as high as 26 mph, on Saturday. The area could see up to 1 inch of rain during the day and night Saturday.

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday will bring clear, sunny weather with highs in the mid-80s.