Storms damage buildings, down trees and power lines

(WAVY) — Reports of power outages, downed trees, and weather-related damage came in to the WAVY 10 Newsroom as severe thunderstorms moved through Hampton Roads and Northeast North Carolina Wednesday evening.

A severe thunderstorm warning expired for Bertie County, N.C. at 7:45 p.m. Warnings expired earlier in the evening for Virginia Beach and Norfolk, as did minor flood advisories for areas in both Virginia and North Carolina.

Photos: Severe weather in Hampton Roads, July 9, 2014 

Super Doppler 10 Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson said the line of thunderstorms that developed across Hampton Roads had either moved out to sea or weakened significantly in Virginia by 7:15 p.m. Thunderstorms in North Carolina continued to threaten until about 10 p.m., especially along and south of the Albemarle Sound, and for the Outer Banks.

The main threat for the storms was heavy rainfall and lightning, according to Edmondson, and as the storms moved from Hampton Roads to North Carolina and then out to sea, reminders were left behind.

Because of storm-related flooding at Harbor Park, Wednesday night’s baseball game between the Norfolk Tides and the Durham Bulls was postponed until August 29. Click here for rainout information.

A large tree fell in front of Officer's housing on Norfolk Naval Base July 9, 2014. (Facebook/Meridyth Hollingshead)
A large tree fell in front of Officer’s housing on Norfolk Naval Base July 9, 2014. (Facebook/Meridyth Hollingshead)

Terri Davis with Naval Station Norfolk confirmed a large tree fell on Pocahontas Street in the officers’ housing area.

Storm-related damage was reported in the 900 block of East Ocean View Boulevard where the brick siding of a building in the Canterbury Bayside Condominiums fell to the ground.

Battalion Chief Julian Williamson said a light pole fell into the building, knocking the bricks down. However, WAVY News’ Liz Palka spoke to a witness who said there was no pole. The wall crumbled after after a low, rotating cloud hit the building.

“It was the loudest crack I’ve ever heard,” said Karen Kittredge, who lives in the complex.

Storm related damage was reported in the 900 block of East Ocean View Boulevard where the brick siding of a building in the Canterbury Bayside Condominiums fell to the ground. (WAVY/Liz Palka)
Storm related damage was reported in the 900 block of East Ocean View Boulevard where the brick siding of a building in the Canterbury Bayside Condominiums fell to the ground. (WAVY/Liz Palka)

Trees fell on power lines on Woodford Street in Norfolk. Resident Josh Datka said he saw debris and rain spinning, which is when he made his children and dogs get into a downstairs bathroom.

“That wasn’t anything like a storm that I’m used to seeing,” Datka said. “It was quick, fast, and furious.”

Another tree fell not too far from there, on Mildred Street. The family who owns the property the tree fell on said it fell just feet from their neighbors’ house. As the oak tree fell, it tore up large chunks of the cement driveway and only missed the family’s car by about two feet.

Video: WAVY News 10 coverage of July 9th storms

For a couple hours, there were more than 10,000 power outages reported in Southeastern Virginia, most in Norfolk, Suffolk and Virginia Beach.

Daisy Pridgen with Dominion Virginia Power said the majority of outages were caused by lightning and high winds, which caused tree limbs to go down and hit power lines. She said crews were working at the golf course on Chesapeake Boulevard in the Ocean View section of Norfolk, due to a broken pole there.

For a list of current power outages in the area, click here.

Stay with WAVY.com for the latest details on the storm from the Super Doppler 10 Weather Center. You can also sign up for WAVY Weather Alerts — just click here.

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