Coastal system brings rain, wind to the region

WAVY's Andy Fox and two beachgoers fight the wind and rain on Hatters Aug. 29, 2017. Credit: WAVY/Joe Fisher.

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — A coastal system brought rain and wind to Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina on Tuesday.

The system — which still has a potential to form into a tropical cyclone — caused multiple watches and warnings locally.

Much of the viewing area was placed under a flash flood watch until Tuesday night. Northeast North Carolina has been under a tropical storm warning since Monday afternoon.

Gallery: Rain, wind, flooding from potential tropical cyclone

This system is expected to move off the coast and then strengthen to a hurricane-force extratropical low over the northwestern Atlantic Ocean.

However, it has caused headaches locally — including a messy morning commute on interstate highways. Several events and services were canceled before the system started impacting the region.

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Dominion Energy estimates that 13,718 customers have been affected by the storm — 11,700 of which have been restored as of 2:45 p.m. There have been about 260 work locations, with nearly 220 locations restored.  Dominion says crews are staged where impacts are expected so they can respond more quickly.

Thousands of people were without power Tuesday night. Many of the outages were caused by the storm, according to Dominion’s outage website.

HAMPTON

A high wind warning was put in place for Hampton — as well as the Eastern Shore — until midnight. WAVY’s Matt Gregory reports the rain and wind picked up in Hampton around midday.

The warning has been downgraded to a wind advisory.

Ponding was seen on roads in the Fox Hill area of Hampton even before any kind of heavy rain hit that area. The water rose up to cover the road to Grandview Island and got worse with high tide.

“When high tide comes in there is no getting back here,” Sherry Farthing said. “If you don’t have a boat you are not getting out.”

Storm drains on one of these residential roads were already so full that any excess water kept running to the lowest point — a blind corner.

Buckroe Beach saw high winds and high swells from the Chesapeake Bay. The wind pushed sand off the beach and beyond the sea wall.

Dispatchers said just before 4 p.m. that North Armistead Avenue and Freeman Drive are impassable. There have been no reports of trees or wires down and no major accidents.

NEWPORT NEWS 

Dispatchers in Newport News say no roads are closed. However, there were many accidents throughout the day.

A tree came down in a residential area of South and Jefferson avenues. No roads are closed and no injuries were reported, according to dispatchers.

Dispatchers say residents should use extreme caution in the area due to water and winds.

NORFOLK

Debris was left behind in Spartan Village — near Norfolk State University — after flood waters largely receded.

Water in some areas was waist-high.

Images from other areas of the city showed water flooding streets including Princess Anne Road, Monticello Avenue and Tidewater Drive.

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According to Norfolk dispatch, the following roads experienced flooding Tuesday morning:

  • VB Blvd and Park Ave
  • VB Blvd an Monticello Ave
  • Robin Hood Rd and E Bonner Dr
  • 2200 block of Keller Ave
  • Corprew Ave and Madison Ave1700 block of Monitcello Ave
  • VB Blvd and Tidewater Dr.

As of 3:50 p.m., these roads were closed or impassable:

  • Virginia Beach Blvd and Park Ave
  • 1700 block of Monticello Ave

Some drivers were seen Tuesday morning braving the conditions and navigating rain soaked streets.

“This is as bad as it’s been so far. I think the tide is just about to peak right now, so hopefully it won’t get any worse and people can go home safely,” he said.

At the Hague, knee-high water made Mowbray Arch impassable hours before high tide.

Greg Ellick, president of the Spartan Village civic league, said the water was waist-deep in some areas early Tuesday morning.

“I said, ‘Oh my God,’ again, and I was more focusing on the residents out here. Are they going to be okay…We had cars underwater here, some of the garbage cans floating, but it was pretty high. It was a challenge for awhile, but we always make it through. Spartan Village, we make it through,” Ellick said.

City officials said maintenance crews were on standby for the storm.

VIRGINIA BEACH 

WAVY’s Jason Marks reports conditions were not terrible for a beach day around the midday hours, but saw some heavier rain around 4 p.m.

Red flags were posted at the Oceanfront. Lifeguards were not up on stands Tuesday, but were patrolling the beaches on ATVs. People were asked to stay out of the water due to the threat of rip currents.

There was heavy rain at times throughout the morning in Virginia Beach.

A tree came down near Providence and Indian River roads, blocking two lanes of traffic.

Several roads in Virginia Beach were affected by flooding or high water Tuesday morning, according to dispatch:

  • Indian River Rd and Princess Anne Rd — high water
  • 4700 block Indian River Road
  • 2200 block Indian River Road
  • Sandbridge area, especially Sandfiddler Road

Dispatchers said around 4 p.m. that no roads are closed.

Emergency crews responded to an accident in the 4100 block of First Court Road around 4:45 p.m. Dispatchers say injuries were reported, though it’s not clear how severe they were, according to dispatchers. It’s not yet clear if this crash was weather related or not.

The accident has been cleared and the road is back open.

An accident on First Court Road in Virginia Beach. (Photo courtesy Mary Vail)

PORTSMOUTH

VDOT says there is standing water on Interstate 264 east near Effingham Street in Portsmouth. The left lane is closed.

Video from a WAVY viewer showed stormy conditions near Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.

JAMES CITY COUNTY 

County officials say there have been reports of some flooded roadways as well as reports of trees or large limbs across roads.

The Williamsburg Area Transit Authority reports that all stops on Chickahominy Road were closed due to a downed tree.

Remember: Turn around, don’t drown.

Photo: James City County

 

 

OUTER BANKS 

Officials in Hyde County declared a state of emergency ahead of the system’s arrival.

Surfers in the Outer Banks told 10 On Your Side the water was choppier Monday — and the day before — compared to Tuesday. The “mighty” Altantic looked rather tame, according to WAVY’s Andy Fox.

There was consistent rain from around midday Monday through the Tuesday morning hours. However, there was not too much wind at daybreak.

Flooding was seen on some roads on Hatteras Island.

Dare County Emergency Management says it expects some soundside flooding during the day Tuesday.

Get the latest on this system’s impact via the WAVY Weather App, Super Doppler 10 Online and the WAVY Weather Blogs.