- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey has deployed temporary tide monitoring devices to Hampton Roads in advance of a strong weekend storm.

The devices will provide real-time data that will help officials improve forecast models in areas susceptible to flooding. Heavy winds and rains are expected to cause tidal flooding in parts of Hampton Roads this weekend.

In Virginia Beach, the tide monitoring devices were placed at the Lynnhaven Inlet by the Chesapeake Bay and at Rudee Inlet at the oceanfront. In Norfolk, a device was placed at an inlet known as the Hague off the Elizabeth River that routinely floods.

USGS officials say this weekend will allow them to test out how temporary devices can help in the event of a major storm like a hurricane.

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