Matthew causes widespread local flooding, closures and outages

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Heavy rain from Matthew caused major problems all over Hampton Roads and North Carolina over the weekend.

The storm killed more than 500 people in Haiti and at least 20 in the U.S. — half of them in North Carolina. One death in Sampson County was caused by a vehicle that hydroplaned and two in Bladen County were due to a submerged vehicle, according to officials in North Carolina.

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“As the sun rises in North Carolina and the blue sky returns, our state is facing major destruction and, sadly, loss of life,” Gov. Pat McCrory said as the effects of Saturday’s deluge became clearer at daylight.

Matthew swept across the Carolinas as a hurricane on Saturday, and the outer portions of the storm brought widespread rainfall, wind gusts and flooding to the region late Saturday.

Photos: Damage from Hurricane Matthew

Conditions affected travel Sunday morning, as several flights going into Norfolk International Airport were cancelled. A long list of roads in eastern Virginia became impassable or were partially flooded.

Residents across the Tidewater region were asked to use caution and avoid travel if it’s not necessary, as many neighborhoods and local roadways had standing water.

The eye of Matthew stayed to the south and east of the region, but impacts were still seen and felt across the region. The storm weakened early Sunday morning from a hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone.

Rainfall from Matthew, coupled with moderate tidal flooding, caused more flooding than was initially anticipated.

Some areas of the region (such as Windsor and Deep Creek) saw as much as 10 inches of rain.

More than 142,000 customers were without power early across the Hampton Roads region Sunday evening, according to Dominion Virginia Power’s outage map.

Several hundred thousand people remained powerless early Monday morning. Check here for a full up-to-date list of Dominion power outages in the area.

Va. officials working to support local cities impacted by Matthew

Officials say people should prepare for multi-day restoration effort to get power back online. Dominion says they will not be able to get an accurate estimation on when power could be restored until crews get a full assessment of the damage.

If you have lost power, you can tune in for updates on the WAVY Mobile App (for Android and Apple), WAVY Livestream and by downloading the WAVY Weather App.


Officials in Chesapeake on Monday released a list of roads that have either been closed or affected from the storm. Many roadways, including Volvo Parkway and Greenbriar Parkway, were partially impassable over the weekend.

Photos: Hurricane Matthew soaks Hampton Roads, North Carolina

Residents have been advised to remain cautious, as the road conditions could change quickly.


Hampton police say a man who was found unresponsive in standing water died overnight on Sunday. The man’s death appears to have been storm-related, but of natural causes.

Police in Hampton said Monday the only roadway that still had standing water was in the area of Laguard Drive and Pocahontas Place.


Old Dominion University parking garages C & D at the Ted Constant Convocation Center are open until 6 p.m. Tuesday for residents who need to seek higher ground for their cars.

In addition, residents were allowed to park at the following school lots:

  • Community Beach Park – 700 E. Ocean View Ave.
  • Crossroads School – 8021 Old Ocean View Road
  • Granby High School – 7101 Granby Street
  • Norview High School – 6501 Chesapeake Blvd.
  • Willard Model School – 1511 Willow Wood Drive
  • Poplar Hall School – 5523 Pebble Lane

The flooding in some areas was so bad that the water had come up to an overpass off of Tidewater Drive and Virginia Beach Boulevard. The Hague in Norfolk also flooded Sunday as Matthew surged through the area.

North Carolina

The northeast portion of North Carolina was hit hard by Matthew Saturday and on into the early Sunday morning hours. The wind whipped around the area, and heavy rains caused a lot of roads to become severely flooded. 

The Elizabeth City Police Department warned people that rising waters have already made some streets impassable. The North Carolina Department of Transportation says that 25 vehicles became trapped on I-95 South around mile marker 118 because of flooding.

Officials in Gates County say a water main failure between Gatesville and Sunbury left many without water. Those who still had water are being asked to boil any water before it is consumed.

By late Monday night, Gates County officials reported that only a few roads remained impassable. Crews were continuing work to fix the water main failure.

The North Carolina Department of Emergency Management said 86 shelters were open statewide Sunday, servicing more than 4,800 people at one point. You can find shelters near you through the ReadyNC mobile app.

Several hundred thousand power outages were reported across North Carolina from the impact of Hurricane Matthew. North Carolina Electric Cooperative reported Sunday that hundreds of thousands of residents were without power.

Crews worked to navigate flooded and overwashed roads in order to repair damaged power lines.

10 On Your Side’s Andy Fox was in the Outer Banks Sunday and witnessed the widespread flooding first-hand.

Around 1 p.m. Sunday, word came from Dare County Emergency Management “when conditions permit, personnel will assess damage. Downed trees and  power lines reported throughout county.”

Outer Banks residents have a long cleanup ahead

Re-entry restrictions remained in-place through Tuesday, meaning entry to all areas around Dare County and the Outer Banks was open for essential personnel and permanent residents only.


A state of emergency was declared Sunday morning for the City of Portsmouth. School has been cancelled for the Monday.

The city announced that all city-owned parking garages would be open and free for residents to avoid flooding. Flood waters made many roads around the area impassable.

10 On Your Side’s Marielena Balouris reported Sunday morning that flood waters around the WAVY-TV 10 studio was around 9 inches in some places, and much deeper in others.

A wall at the Cedar Grove Cemetery collapsed Sunday afternoon.

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WAVY/Stephanie Harris

The city of Portsmouth opened an emergency shelter for those in need at I.C. Norcom High School, which was closed at 5 p.m. Sunday.


Suffolk Public Schools closed Monday, with essential personnel only asked to report. City was one of the several localities in Hampton Roads to declare a state of emergency.

Officials says several roads in Suffolk closed Sunday because of trees across roadways and standing water. Click here to see the full list of closures.

The National Weather Service says the Nansemond River reached major flood stage during the storm.


The Sentara BelleHarbour on Route 17 suffered a power outage and a generator failure. The site resumed full operations at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Virginia Beach

A local state of emergency was declared in Virginia Beach Sunday morning, and officials decided to open an emergency shelter at Cox High School to help residents in need. The shelter has since been closed.

Officials say that only a handful of buildings, including public works and police, were functioning Monday because of power outages. Residents were asked to avoid Great Neck Road from Virginia Beach Boulevard to Shore Drive.

Dominion Virginia Power crews are working to restore power lines in that area.

Click here for a full list of road closures.

WAVY’s Lex Gray reported strong wind gusts in the Chick’s Beach area Sunday morning, and some impassable roads due to flooding. Two areas along Shore Drive were blocked off because of the flood waters.

Stay with for developments in this story.