(WAVY) – Thousands of people experienced power outages Thursday after severe weather tore across Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina.
Severe thunderstorm warnings expired for Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake at 3:45 p.m., and severe thunderstorm watches expired for much of the area at 9 p.m.
Virginia State Police say a tornado touched down in Capron, Va., which is in Southampton County. Sgt. Michelle Anaya with the Virginia State Police said there was extensive debris on Route 58 from Franklin to Capron, shutting down several roads. The tornado has not yet been confirmed by the National Weather Service.
Dominion Virginia Power listed more than 10,000 customers without power during the height of the afternoon.
Police dispatchers told WAVY.com that at one point officers in the Kempsville section of Virginia Beach were taking cover with their vehicles because the hail was so large.
Dispatchers said the following intersections currently do not have working traffic signals:
- Providence and Indian River Road
- Providence and Edwin
- Greenwich and Witchduck Road
- Witchduck and Princess Anne Road
The Midtown Tunnel reopened to traffic around 5:20 p.m. Drivers were being rerouted to the Downtown Tunnel after Elizabeth River Tunnels issued an alert that water from heavy rain was causing unsafe driving conditions inside the tube. ERT said one lane would be closed at the Midtown Tunnel overnight for emergency maintenance. The lane closure will be in effect from 8 p.m. Thursday until 5 a.m. Friday so crews can work on the drain system.
The underpasses at Tidewater Drive at St. Julian Street and Brambleton Avenue at Tidewater Drive in Norfolk are closed due to flooding.
In Portsmouth, VDOT traffic cameras captured a tree that fell onto travel lanes of Interstate 264 westbound at Greenwood Drive around 3 p.m. There were no reports of injuries.
A wind restriction was in place for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, meaning only certain types of vehicles were allowed to cross. The CBBT fully reopened to traffic by 4 p.m.
This is the second day the Hampton Roads area has been hit by strong storms. Wednesday saw reports of power outages, downed trees, and weather-related damage as severe thunderstorms moved through Hampton Roads and Northeast North Carolina.