PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - Heavy rains and winds in Virginia and North Carolina caused several issues in the area Wednesday.
In Virginia Beach, strong surf closed the Grommet Island Park on 2nd Street. City officials said the waves pushed large amounts of sand on the playground, which needed to be removed before the park could reopen.
Many drivers stopped at the Oceanfront to check out the surf, including Mike Manahor of Virginia Beach.
“Just looking at the waves, seeing how choppy, and really, really washer machine it is. It's really something. The water's come up a lot, but just checking it out on my way back from work," Manahor said.
Raleigh Jernigan and Ben Cobb of Virginia Beach said they surfed from 15th Street to 2nd Street in about fifteen minutes, but had to stop because the waves were pushing them into the jetty.
“I'd like the wind to calm down a little bit so I can walk with my board without it flying away," Jernigan said.
In the Outer Banks, Highway 12 saw some spots of sand and water on the roadway. Crews said the road was passable, but they would monitor the conditions. Motorists were urged to use caution.
Ferry runs between Okracoke and Hatteras were canceled at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. due to the weather and tides.
The Weather Channel made a stop in Nags Head early Wednesday morning, where the surf was rough.
Currituck County Schools announced the system would be dismissing schools early Wednesday due to the weather:
- Noon dismissal for Knotts Island, Moyock Elementary, Shawboro and Griggs
- 12:15 p.m. dismissal for Central, JP Knapp Early College, Currituck County Middle School and Currituck County High School
- 1 p.m. dismissal for Jarvisburg and Moyock Middle
In Hampton Roads, the City of Hampton issued an alert about the coastal flood advisory issued until 5 p.m. Wednesday.
“We can expect two to four inches of rain throughout tomorrow with winds sustained at 20-30 mph and gusts up to 40 mph,” the alert said.
In Suffolk, the outside lanes of North Main Street near the Kimberly Bridge were closed due to high water. The lanes will reopen when the water recedes.
High water also closed the off-ramp from the Midtown Tunnel to Brambleton Avenue East in Norfolk, but it reopened by 4:30 p.m.
Norfolk Public Schools canceled a public forum at 6 p.m. at Booker T. Washington High School due to the weather conditions. Residents who want to weigh in on the division's study of school facilities and attendance zones can do so here.
Near Courtland, the ramp to Route 35 (Meherrin Road) from Route 58 West was closed due to flooding.
A man is facing attempted abduction charges after police said he tried to grab two juvenile girls and exposed himself.
A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of more than 2,000 EMTs and paramedics who were abruptly laid off over the weekend.
The Portsmouth City Council has set a public hearing for Tuesday, Dec. 17, to talk about a plan to bring a casino to the city.