Storms with high winds affects power for thousands in Hampton Roads

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Storms that rolled through Friday night around 7 p.m. have downed trees and knocked out power for thousands in the Tidewater region. 

At one point during the storm, more than 13,500 were without power between the Southside, Peninsula, Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. That included more than 6,000 reported otuages in Newport News, 2,000-plus in Isle of Wight and Surry counties and 1,500 in James City County.

Another 900-plus were  without power west of Military Circle in Norfolk.

Viewers  reported high winds and lots of precipitation, including hail in Gloucester and brief snow in Parksley. A tree broke in half on a power line on Bellevue Avenue in Norfolk. 

WAVY meteorologist Jeff Edmondson went to Facebook Live to share updates on the storms, which went through the area east at 50 mph. 

Winds toppled trees and ripped the roof off one viewer’s barn in Croaker. 

The high winds also closed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. The CBBT’s Twitter account shared that an incident had closed all southbound lanes on the bridge and drivers should expect major delays. 

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson says winds were reported up to 51 mph in Hampton, 47 mph in Virginia Beach and 43 mph in Norfolk. 

The after effects dide produce some pretty sights however. The Edwards family sent a photo of a rainbow that formed on the York River right after the storms passed through.

To view Dominion Energy’s power outage map and to report and outage, click here. 

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