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UPDATE (10:01 p.m.) : There are 99,400 customers without power in Hampton Roads at this time. Power crews will be working overnight. Several schools have lost power, and Bonita Harris with Dominion Power said that several crews are making them a priority on their restoration list. Power crews will work to restore electricity to all schools by tomorrow morning, but there's no guarantee that this will happen by the morning bell.
UPDATE (9:31 p.m.) : Virginia Dominion power has restored power to more than 15,000 customers since the severe weather earlier this evening left many without power, according to Bonita Harris with Dominion Power.
UPDATE (9:23 p.m.) : A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Dare County and Hyde County in North Carolina until 9:30 p.m.
UPDATE (7:37 p.m.) : Virginia Dominion Power reports that m ore than 100,000 people are without power in Hampton Roads at this time. Most of the outages are in Virginia Beach, James City County, York County, Newport News and Hampton.
UPDATE (6:45 p.m.) : According to Tiffany Savona with the Super Doppler 10 Weather Team, the s evere weather threat is now over for Hampton Roads cities. Expect a steady rain over the next few hours. Severe weather threat still exists across North Carolina for damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph.
UPDATE (6:02 p.m.) : The severe thunderstorm warnings for the following areas have been extended to 6:45 p.m. : Camden County (N.C.), Perquimans County (N.C.), Gates County (N.C.), Bertie County (N.C.), Chowan County (N.C.), Pasquotank County (N.C.), Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Hertford (N.C.), Northampton County (N.C.), Currituck County (N.C.).
UPDATE (5:52 p.m.) : Virginia Dominion Power reports that 75,000 people are now without power in Hampton Roads.
UPDATE (5:33 p.m.) : A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Virginia Beach until 6 p.m.
UPDATE (5:15 p.m.) :A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 6 p.m. for the following areas: Hampton, Gloucester, Hertford County (N.C.), Northampton County (N.C.), Gates County (N.C.), Accomack County (Va.), Northampton County (Va.), Portsmouth, Suffolk, James City, Isle of Wight, Chesapeake, Mathews County, Middlesex County, Norfolk, and Northcumberland County.
UPDATE (4:54 p.m.) : A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 5:15 p.m for the following areas: Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City County, Newport News, Southampton (Va.), Southampton (N.C.), Williamsburg, York County, Surry.
UPDATE (4:36 p.m.) : A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 4:45 p.m. for the following counties: Gloucester, James City, Surry.
The area is preparing for a weather system that carries a possibility of severe storms Thursday night.
Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson said much of the viewing area is under a moderate risk for severe weather, something that usually happens three to four times a year in the Southeast Virginia/Northeast North Carolina areas.
The system may begin around 5 p.m. in the Middle Peninsula and will continue through the night into the Southside and Northeast North Carolina. The risk for large hail about the sign of a golf ball is possible and there is a low tornado risk as well.
WAVY News crews will be available in various parts of the viewing area to bring you the latest on the storms as they move through. Download the WAVY.com mobile app to watch the live radar on your mobile device or tablet and sign up for text alerts should severe weather occur.
The Virginia Department of Transportation said crews are monitoring the weather conditions and will respond to any unsafe travel conditions. Motorists are asked to drive carefully and limit travel on roadways until unsafe conditions subside.
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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory toured the Bonner Bridge area Friday morning after officials shut it down due to safety concerns.
A 24-year-old man is accused of fleeing as troopers tried to initiate a traffic stop in Hampton Friday.
Hampton fire crews battled a residential structure fire early Friday morning.