High tide brings flooding to Hampton Roads

The Hague in Norfolk Saturday evening. Sept. 26 (WAVY/Matt Gregory)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Significant tidal flooding is expected across the Hampton Roads area all weekend. A Coastal Flood Warning will remain in effect through Sunday afternoon. The Super Doppler 10 Weather Team says it could be the most flooding we’ve seen in two years.

Super Doppler 10 Forecast

Minor tidal flooding is expected Sunday during high tide at 8:50 a.m. and 9:20 p.m. Remember, if you come across a flooded road, don’t drive through it.  It doesn’t take much water to move a car. Most flooding should subside about two hours after high tide.

Tidal Flooding Forecast
Tidal Flooding Forecast


Neighborhoods across Hampton Roads started getting a taste of what was to come as early as Thursday. Here are just a few of the photos 10 on your side viewers shared of the water rising near their homes. Click here to see more flooding photos.

It’s all thanks to a system just off the coast of the Outer Banks that will slowly creep north over the next few days. People who live in low-lying areas should consider getting ready.

NCDOT officials on the Outer Banks are keeping a close eye on Route 12 in Kitty Hawk.  The ocean could wash out the road, which was rebuilt earlier this year after another storm damaged the asphalt.

Several outdoor activities this upcoming weekend were cancelled or moved because of the forecast.


Officials announced Wednesday the current wind conditions are making it virtually impossible to set up tents, stages, and sound for the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival on the Oceanfront. The adverse weather is also expected to continue through the weekend. Therefore officials have decided to modify and cancel some of the events during the festival being held Sept. 25-27. For a complete list of changes, call the Festival Office at 757-498-0215.

Becky Bump, spokeswoman for the festival, said Friday that the decision came down to safety. “The weather just was not going to cooperate. We have to really be concerned. This event is on the boardwalk. It’s on the Oceanfront. It stretches about three miles. We’ve probably got over 300 small tents.”

The following events have been cancelled:

  • All music at 17th, 24th, and 31st Street  Stages, Friday through Sunday
  • Neptune’s Sailing Regatta on Saturday
  • Neptune’s Grand Parade on Saturday
  • Neptune’s Fireworks on Saturday night
  • All food and exhibitors along the boardwalk, Friday through Sunday
  • Neptune’s Youth Art Show on Sunday morning
  • Neptune’s Volleyball Tournament on Saturday and Sunday

Currently, the following events of the festival are scheduled to continue:

  1. The festival’s signature event, Neptune’s International Sandsculpting Championship is currently underway and protected in a large 300’ tent. Judging will be Thursday and the Neptune’s Land of Sand will be open, conditions permitting, beginning Friday morning at 9 am. It will be open throughout the weekend and then daily through October 4th. Admissions is $5 per person with children 12 and under are free. Weekend Hours are Friday, 9 am – 11 pm, Saturday 9 am – 11 pm, Sunday, 9 am – 9 pm
    Monday-Sunday, September 28-October 4, 10am – 6pm daily
  2. Neptune’s Art and Craft Show is moving to the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Over 240 artists from around the country are expected to participate. The show will be free and open to the public. King Neptune XVII and the royal court will be at the Art and Craft Show on Saturday, September 26 at 11 am.
    Show hours will be Friday 12 pm – 7 pm, Saturday 10am – 7 pm, Sunday, 10 am – 6pm.
  3. Neptune Festival 8K final decision has not yet been reached.

The 4th Annual Gordon Biersch Arts & Drafts Craft Beer Event at the Sandler Center in Virginia Beach has been postponed.  It was scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. The rescheduled date is October 24.
You have the option to hold onto your tickets and they’ll be honored or you can get a refund wherever you made your purchase.


Due to forecasted high risk of flooding along the race route and throughout the City, the event stakeholders including the City of Norfolk, Mettle Events, Ghent Business Association, and Monarch Bank have decided to RESCHEDULE the Heart of Ghent 10k race to Saturday, October 10th.  Organizers are encouraging all registered participants and volunteers to join them on the rescheduled date of October 10. If you are interested in registering or would like more information, please visit the race website at http://www.heartofghent10k.mettleevents.com.

The 3rd Annual Ribtoberfest in Town Point Park in Downtown Norfolk on Sept. 26 has been postponed until further notice. For additional information please visit www.festevents.org, or call 757.441.2345.

The Magnolia Circle Dragon Boat Race scheduled for this Saturday at Nauticus in downtown Norfolk has been postponed due to inclement weather forecasts expected to affect the area. Paddles Up Welcome and Wake the Dragon Ceremony at the Pagoda Restaurant scheduled for Friday has also been postponed. Both events will be rescheduled to a later date.

The Rabies Clinic for Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Norfolk Department of Public Health will be rescheduled and held on Saturday, October 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 pm at the main Norfolk Health Center at 830 Southampton Avenue.


Sunday’s food truck event at Carousel Park in Hampton has been cancelled. The next scheduled event is Oct. 11.


The 20th Annual Suffolk Treasurer’s United Way Golf Tournament scheduled for Friday has been postponed. The scheduled makeup date is Friday, October 9 and will be held at the Nansemond River Golf Club at the same time. For information, contact Shirley Snead at 757-514-4284.


Due to the inclement weather forecast this weekend, which includes potential tidal flooding, the City of Portsmouth says all city-owned parking garages will be open and free to the public to relocate their vehicles. The County, Middle Street and Water Street garages will be available for use.


The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles mobile unit at the Hatteras Community Center closed early Thursday,at 3 p.m. due to high winds in the area. The mobile unit was on the second day of its two-day September stop in Hatteras. The mobile unit’s next stop at the Hatteras Community Center will be Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 21 and 22.

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