HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — An early morning storm that brought heavy rains and wind to the region Friday left behind damage in parts of Hampton Roads and North Carolina.
The system prompted multiple weather alerts and warnings from the National Weather Service Friday morning. Much of the Hampton Roads region as well as northeast North Carolina were under a tornado watch that was set to expire at 1 p.m., but was cancelled around 9:45 a.m.
A tornado warning was initially issued for the counties of Camden, Currituck and Pasquotank in northeast North Carolina as well as some parts of southeast Virginia Beach. A tornado warning was also issued for areas of Bertie County Friday morning.
The National Weather Service said tornado investigators were sent to Bertie, Mecklenberg and Camden County into Currituck County in North Carolina, Dinwiddie and Virginia Beach.
Jon McGee with the National Weather Service confirmed Friday afternoon that a EF-0 tornado touched down in the Rocky Hock area of Chowan County. There were no tornadoes in Camden, Currituck, Bertie or Virginia Beach.
It was confirmed that straight-line winds caused damage in Virginia Beach.
Virginia Beach dispatchers tell WAVY.com there were dangling traffic lights at 18th Street and Mediterranean Avenue, with tree limbs in the road. Dispatchers in Norfolk told 10 On Your Side traffic lights were out on Tidewater Drive from Central Business Parkway to Bayview Boulevard.
10 On Your Side’s Matt Gregory talked to Virginia Beach residents and business owners in the area of Mediterranean Avenue who witnessed Friday’s weather. Many described hearing wind that sounded like a train.
Chopper 10 and WAVY viewers captured video and images of storm damage at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
Ocean Eddie’s, a staple at the Oceanfront, was hit hard in Friday’s storms. Some of the restaurant’s awning was lost in the storm, and the building suffered water damage.
At the height of the storm, Dominion Virginia Power reports there were thousands of people without power across multiple areas, with the majority of outages in Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
WAVY’s Jen Lewis reported that were a few problems on the interstate highways Friday morning, as the system moved through. A crash on I-264 East near Witchduck Road caused delays for motorists.
10 On Your Side captured video Friday morning of heavy rainfall on Great Neck Road.
Virginia Beach City Public Schools sent out the following message Friday morning after the tornado warning was issued:
A tornado warning has been issued for our area. Schools are taking necessary measures to get students to shelter in place. Buses are being diverted to the nearest school location. Once the warning is lifted, buses will resume their normal routes. This will cause a delay in pick up times.”
Edenton-Chowan Schools posted to Facebook Friday that buses were rerouted to the nearest school and students took shelter until the storms passed. Buses resumed their routes around 9:15 a.m.
No students were counted as tardy.