Tropical Storm Florence could bring minor flooding, rain to area over weekend

The center of Tropical Storm Florence is moving slowly west over eastern South Carolina Saturday afternoon, according to a National Weather Service news release.

The storm is bringing heavy rains and flooding to the Carolinas with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour, the release states.

Showers are possible in the Williamsburg area Saturday and Sunday. Williamsburg, James City and York are under coastal flood advisories until 6 a.m. Sunday.

Busch Gardens will open Sunday. Howl-O-Scream will begin at 5:45 p.m. Sunday, though the opening of haunted houses has been delayed due to storm preparation, according to a post on the Busch Gardens Facebook page.

6:25 a.m. Saturday

Florence has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it hovers over the Carolinas Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

While the storm missed Hampton Roads and is projected to take a long route around Virginia and into the northeastern United States, according to a 5 a.m. Saturday projection by the National Weather Service, it’s possible the Williamsburg area will feel some effects of the storm through the weekend.

Showers are likely Saturday and there’s a chance of showers Sunday in the Williamsburg area. Gusts as high as 23 miles per hour are possible Saturday, according to a National Weather Service forecast.

Minor flooding could occur in the area of the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry and in Yorktown, according to the National Weather Service Saturday morning.

Williamsburg, James City and York are under coastal flood advisories until 6 a.m. Sunday.

A mandatory evacuation ordered for Zone A residents in response to the storm was lifted Friday. The only Zone A area in the Williamsburg area is Jamestown Island.

The area hasn’t experienced widespread power outages, according to Dominion Energy’s online outage map.

Williamsburg Area Transit Authority bus routes will operate until 11 p.m., except for Route 8, which will run 2-8 p.m. Sunday. There won’t be service on the Surry route until further notice, according to the authority.

The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry is operating with two boats Saturday morning, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Colonial Williamsburg’s historic area and museums are operating under normal operating hours this weekend, though some outdoor programming has been canceled or moved to an indoors location, according to a Colonial Williamsburg tweet. The Constitution Day concert that had been scheduled for Saturday is canceled.

William and Mary will reopen on Monday on a normal schedule. Residence halls will open noon Sunday, according to the William and Mary website.

York County Public Schools will open schools and offices on a normal schedule Monday. Monday will be a B day for secondary schools, according to a school division tweet.

Boats, RVs and trailers parked in York public and school lots must be moved by 5 p.m. Sunday.

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