NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The skies darkened Tuesday afternoon, warning of heavy rain on the way. WAVY viewers began reporting heavy downpours during the noon hour, with thunder, lightning and hail.
Super Doppler 10 Meteorologist Tiffany Savona warned the storm could produce reduced visibility and localized street flooding.
At one point, the weather got so rough, a United Airlines flight headed for Norfolk International Airport had to divert to Newport News. It landed without incident, and passengers are waiting for storms to pass before the flight can take off again.
A flash flood warning expired for Virginia Beach at 5:15 p.m.
The National Weather Service also issued flood advisories until 4:30 p.m. for Norfolk, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Isle of Wight, Newport News, and York County. Flood advisories for Gloucester, James City, Matthews and Surry counties lasted through 6 p.m.
In northeast North Carolina, flood advisories were in effect until 5 p.m. for Camden, Currituck and Pasquotank counties.
The storms — and particularly lighting — created scattered power outages across Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina, according to Dominion Virginia Power spokeswoman Bonita Billingsley Harris.
“We’re experiencing the most trouble in Norfolk where about 5,300 customers experienced outages around Thole Street, Merritt Drive and Birmingham Avenue,” Billingsley Harris said around 3:20 p.m. “Our crews found wire down on Naval Base Road and were able to get the lights back on through an alternate source for 3,800 customers. [We are] still working to restore the rest.”
She said there was also an outage in Newport News around 12:20 p.m. that affected 828 customers. Crews restored power to those customers a little after 1 p.m.
As of 3:20 p.m., there were scattered outages in about 20 locations on the Peninsula. Billingsley Harris said about 300 customers were without power in 11 locations in Virginia Beach, including Cleveland Street in the Town Center area. There were also scattered outages in Elizabeth City and Ahoskie, North Carolina.
TRAFFIC ALERT: Power is out at the intersections of Little Creek Road/Van Patten and Little Creek/Southern Shopping Center. Use caution.
— City of Norfolk, VA (@NorfolkVA) June 2, 2015
The city of Norfolk released a new map that uses information from previous storms to help residents know which streets and intersections flood during heavy rain — click here to check out the map.
Savona said here is only a small chance of rain for Friday and Saturday, but showers are forecast again Sunday into Monday. The rain does bring some relief from the heat.