Widespread rainfall soaks Hampton Roads region

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Two areas of low pressure combined to create one massive nor’easter — bringing widespread rainfall and winds to the Hampton Roads region.

The rain began around 8 p.m. Monday, and continued into the early morning hours of Tuesday. Some locations had seen a few inches of rain by that time.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday declared a state of emergency in response the system’s development. The governor’s declaration allowed state agencies to identify and move resources needed for quick storm response.

VDOT crews started 24-hour operations Monday afternoon.

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The system was expected to create ponding and hazardous driving conditions on area roadways. Officials with the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel issued restrictions due to winds from the storm.

The Virginia Department of Transportation issued wind advisories Monday for all three Southside-Peninsula connectors: James River Bridge, Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel and Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel.

 

Norfolk dispatchers say there was a report of high water at 4th View Street and W. Ocean View Avenue. VDOT reported a handful of accidents on interstate highways.

A crash on Denbigh Boulevard (VA-173) in York County closed all eastbound and westbound lanes near the intersection of George Washington Memorial Highway (US-17). A detour was put in place while the accident was cleared.

Virginia State Police asked drivers on Monday to plan ahead for the conditions. If you must go out, drive slowly, use your headlights, don’t tailgate, wear your seat belt and put down your phone.

Governor Terry McAuliffe declares a state of emergency on Monday, March 13, 2017, ahead of an impending storm. (Photo: @GovernorVa/Twitter)

Before you head out, check your vehicle to make sure it’s in good working order and don’t leave home without a window scraper, a blanket, bottled water, a flashlight and a cell phone charger.

State police said troopers would be out on the roads during the storm to help anyone in need.

The storm also affected power, with several outages were reported between Southside Hampton Roads and the Peninsula.

More than 1,200 outages were reported around the Benns Church area of Isle of Wight County. Check Dominion’s online map for updates on outages.

In Portsmouth, officials opened up the Middle Street Garage for residents to park in in case of flooding. Residents were told Monday to park in spaces not marked as “reserved space.”

Residents in the Windsor Woods area of Virginia Beach told 10 On Your Side’s Laura Caso they were nervous for the anticipated rains. The neighborhood experienced heavy flooding during Hurricane Matthew last October.

Several departing and arriving flights from Norfolk International Airport were delayed or canceled Tuesday morning. There were also a handful of cancellations or delays at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport in the early morning hours.

This satellite image taken around 12:12 a.m. EDT and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shows clouds around the Northeast of the United States, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. A powerful nor’easter could bring blizzard conditions and more than a foot of snow from the mid-Atlantic to parts of the Northeast, and officials warn of potential beach erosion, possible coastal flooding and power outages from the late-season snowstorm. (NOAA via AP)

The Virginia National Guard staged across Northern Virginia, where the storm was expected to dump up to a foot or more of snow.

Soldiers with the Guard will help clear debris and use Humvees and tactical trucks to provide transportation to first responders through deep snow or help evacuate those in need of shelter.

Amtrak announced Monday that it would operate on a modified scheduled for Tuesday. The northeast region — which includes Norfolk — will run on a modified schedule, with some trains truncated or canceled.

Other Amtrak services in New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. and will run on severe weather or limited schedules.

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