As Matthew travels, area to see showers

Though Hurricane Matthew isn’t expected to directly hit Virginia, meteorologists say the Northern Shenandoah Valley will see a bit of resulting rain, while crews prepare to aid areas further south.

Luis Rosa, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Sterling, said the area could see up to an inch of rain indirectly associated with Matthew from Friday night into Saturday. He said regional conditions will help keep the hurricane from heading inland.

“The cold front moving through on Saturday will keep (Matthew) away from the area and then high pressure … will push (it) eastward,” he said.

By Sunday and into next week, Rosa said fall weather will set in with breezy and cool days.

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative announced Friday that 14 bucket trucks and 25 linemen left Fredericksburg at 11:30 a.m. to provide aid to South Carolina. The line crews will help restore power to South Carolina residents after outages.

Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an emergency executive order on Thursday to provide aid to states impacted by Matthew. The order declared a state of emergency, allowing transportation of relief supplies on overweight and oversized carriers.

The National Weather Service reported Friday afternoon that hurricane warnings had been issued for the East Coast up to Jacksonville, North Carolina, and the remainder of the North Carolina coast bears a tropical storm warning. National Hurricane Center maps projected the storm veering east from the Carolina border by Sunday and traveling back toward the Caribbean and Florida next week.

Rosa said Matthew is only expected to weaken as it circles back around.

“Other storms in the past have made that loop, it’s nothing unprecedented,” he said.

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