SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - As severe thunderstorms roll through Northeast North Carolina and Southeast Virginia Tuesday afternoon, people across Hampton Roads report severe weather conditions and storm damage.
The National Weather Service issued severe thunderstorm warnings for Camden County, Currituck county and Chesapeake until 3:45 p.m. Radar indicated heavy rain, winds of 60 MPH or faster, nickel sized hail and lightning.
Meteorologist Tiffany Savona said new storms began developing over Portsmouth and Norfolk around 4:15 p.m. and are headed eastward. Strong storms are still ongoing across North Carolina.
Kellie Goral with Chesapeake schools told WAVY.com most schools have already been dismissed for the day, but staff members are monitoring the severity of local weather.
The Chesapeake Fire Department responded to a house fire on Pine Bark Lane, in the Hickory section of the city, caused by lightning.
Diana Klink with the City of Suffolk said firefighters and police responded to a report of a house on Tason Drive being struck by lightning a little before 2:30 p.m. Responders found a fallen tree branch caused bricks from the house's chimney to fall and damage the gas line into the home. The A/C unit and siding were also damaged. Klink said responders are not sure if lightning hit the home or the tree.
A Suffolk resident told WAVY.com severe winds caused a trampoline to become caught in power lines.
As of 5:30 p.m., more than 1,500 customers off George Washington Highway between Greenwood Drive and Elm Avenue were without power in Portsmouth due to the severe weather.
Experts advise those in areas of severe weather to move to an interior room in the lowest level of a building.
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