HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — The National Weather Service issued a Special Weather Statement Sunday as a strong line of thunderstorms moved into the Peninsula and metro Hampton Roads.
Areas that were heavily hit included Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
Shore Drive saw some of the worst flash flooding. Several cars stalled out and had to be towed out of the water. The 2800 block of Shore Drive in Virginia Beach was closed due to high waters.
“We were sitting there eating at ‘Bubba’s’ we could see the lighting,” Nancy Christian said. “We walk out to the parking lot, I get out of the parking lot, then I get on Shore Drive.”
Christian didn’t go far as the rain created ponds across Shore Drive.
“I’m hanging out here, I have had a car flood before so I’m not driving through this water,” she said.
JEB Little Creek-Fort Story reported street flooding throughout the base. Base officials warned that travel to and around the base should be limited and only if necessary.
Dominion Power reported that more than 8,600 customers were without power in Southeast Virginia at the height of the storm.
Dominion spokesperson Bonita Harris tells WAVY.com they hope to have power fully restored to residents around 3 p.m. Monday.
Cpt. Scott Saunders with the Chesapeake Fire Department says there were seven calls for service regarding weather, with two house fires attributed to lightning.
Three residents were displaced from a home in the Greenbriar section of Chesapeake after their house was hit by lightning.
The five additional service calls included a tree that fell on and damaged two homes, displacing both families, utility lines downs, a large branch that fell across the roadway and a resident who had called for help after flood water nearly entered their home.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel was temporarily closed because of weather conditions.
A 5-year-old boy was killed after being struck by lightning in Currituck County.
In Hampton, fire crews responded to 19 calls for utility wires down, a tree on a house, a house fire associated with a tree down on a house, three weather-related interstate accidents and a boat taking on water during the storm.
The National Weather Service said that between four and seven inches of rain fell across the area between downtown Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. Over six inches of rain fell at Norfolk International Airport between 6 and 8 p.m. Sunday.
There could be more showers Monday evening, but no significant weather is expected to affect the area.