Cities open parking garages, suspend services as Michael approached


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — As Tropical Storm Michael approached the region, many cities prepared for the storm’s impact by opening up parking garages and rescheduling different city services. 

The storm is expected to bring heavy rain and winds throughout Thursday night. A tornado watch was issued for parts of Hampton Roads and North Carolina by the National Weather Service until 9 p.m. on Thursday. 

We’ll continue to update the list below as we get information in: 


Friday Trash Update: Crews will start collecting at 10 a.m. They will work on Saturday to collect anything they were unable to collect on Friday. Leave your items at the curb until they are collected.


The Bank Street Parking Garage (441 Bank Street) and the York Street Parking Garage (215 W. York Street) will open on Thursday at 6 p.m. to residents for free. You must remove your vehicle by 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. 

Trash and recycling collection for Norfolk residents will take place on Friday.  Residents are asked to put their cans out Friday morning before 7 a.m. versus Thursday night when the winds will be at their worst. 


All Portsmouth City Garages (County, Harbor, Middle and Water Street) will open Thursday at 5 p.m. for free parking for residents’ vehicles that are in low-lying areas. Vehicles can remain in the garages until 7 a.m. on Friday. Do not park in reserved spaces in the garages and pay attention to the individual garage clearances. 

Portsmouth Recreation Centers will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday. 


All recreation centers and parks will closed at 6 p.m. on Thursday. All city libraries except for the Joint-Use Library will close at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The Great Neck Recreation Center will open at noon on Friday. 

Trash and recycling collection is still scheduled for Friday, but residents should wait to put out their carts until Friday morning. 

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