PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The latest updates and coverage on Hurricane Dorian’s impact to Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina.
4:20 p.m.: Effective immediately: Virginia Beach is lifting the mandatory evacuation order for Sandbridge. Residents can return home. Sandbridge Road is open.
4 p.m.: The CBBT is now operating with Level 3 wind restrictions.
3:20 p.m.: Reminder from the City of Virginia Beach: “Stormwater runoff may contain fecal material associated bacteria and viruses. Do not allow children or pets to play in it. The Virginia Dept. of Health offers these tips for being safe around floodwaters.”
2:40 p.m.: The Norfolk City Jail is canceling video visitation for Friday night (7-11 p.m.) due to Dorian. It will resume as usual Saturday.
1:52 p.m.: VDOT is alerting drivers that the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel may close Friday afternoon due to impacts from Hurricane Dorian.
1:40 p.m.: WAVY’s Brett Hall reports 23 people are riding out the storm in two shelters opened up in Virginia Beach. Another 36 checked into a housing resource center.
1:13 p.m.: People were spotted driving along the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk as Hurricane Dorian was moving off the North Carolina shore.
12:08 p.m.: Officials in Dare County have extended a curfew until 3 p.m. Friday for all areas of the county except Kitty Hawk and Nags Head. Residents asked to “stay indoors and shelter in place.”
11:51 a.m.: Hurricane Dorian is wreaking havoc across the viewing area with powerful winds, heavy rain and storm surge.
One example of this comes from Kayle Hopkins, who shared video of a gust toppling over two trees at a home the unincorperated Currituck County community of Harbinger.
11:17 a.m.: NCDOT officials say there is serious flooding on the sound side of Hatteras. Residents are being strongly encouraged to stay off the roads.
11:04 a.m.: NCDOT officials say North Carolina Highway 12 is closed on Ocracoke Island from “from the village northward” due to the floodwaters.
10:58 a.m.: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says there is significant concern about “hundreds of people trapped on Ocracoke Island” due to floodwaters from Hurricane Dorian.
10:54 a.m.: Elizabeth River Tunnels officials say the Midtown Tunnel will be temporarily closed eastbound starting at 11 a.m. due to potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian.
10:20 a.m.: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says there are 215,000 power outages and 70 roads that are impassable due to Hurricane Dorian.
Cooper said in Friday’s news conference the state has 78 shelters open. More than 4,500 people stayed in those shelters overnight Thursday.
Cooper said the waters in Ocracoke are rising quickly.
9:59 a.m. Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters says the CHKD Health Center & Urgent Care at Landstown lost power Friday morning. The Health Center & Urgent Care at Loehmann’s Plaza and Oakbrooke are also experiencing outages.
9:15 a.m.: The Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative has posted on its Facebook page an outage is affecting all of Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.
Here’s a list of the customers impacted by locality:
- Avon: 1925
- Buxton: 1409
- Frisco: 1271
- Hatteras: 1140
- RWS: 1968
9:10 a.m.: As Dorian is moving over Cape Hatteras in the Outer Banks, conditions in northeastern North Carolina are quickly deteriorating.
Kayla Gaskins reports from Elizabeth City that the wind is “going absolutely nuts” and the water level keeps rising.
9 a.m.: The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Dorian made landfall over Cape Hatteras at 8:35 a.m. as a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph.
8:40 a.m.: WAVY’s Tamara Scott reports the water is starting to rise in Hampton.
8:30 a.m.: Tens of thousands of outages are being reported across Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina as Hurricane Dorian is bringing widespread wind and rainfall to the region.
A majority of the reported outages — some 34,000 — are in southeastern Virginia, according to Dominion Energy Virginia.
7:55 a.m.: NASA shared a stunning image of Hurricane Dorian from an astronaut’s point of view Friday morning.
7:48 a.m.: The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is operating at Level 4 wind restrictions with winds in excess of 60 mph. Read more about the CBBT’s wind restrictions at this link.
7:45 a.m.: The eyewall of Hurricane Dorian is moving over the Outer Banks as much of the viewing area is feeling impacts from the storm.
Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler said in his Friday morning blog there is good news and bad news with respect to Dorian’s impact on the region.
7:41 a.m.: WAVY producer Karyn Anselmo took video of flood waters outside the station — affectionately known as “Lake WAVY” — amid steady rainfall from Dorian’s outerb bands.
7:10 a.m.: Nearly all flights into and out of Norfolk International Airport and the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport have been canceled.
7 a.m.: Parts of North Carolina Highway 12 in the Outer Banks are experiencing overwash as Hurricane Dorian is closing in on the Hatteras area.
6:45 a.m.: Emergency management officials in Pasquotank-Camden-Elizabeth released a list of roads flooded due to Hurricane Dorian.
6:15 a.m.: Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler reports strong, damaging winds are moving toward the Hatteras area as the eye of Dorian moves east.
5:55 a.m.: The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is operating at Level 2 wind restrictions with winds in excess of 47 mph. Read more about the CBBT’s wind restrictions at this link.
5:45 a.m.: WAVY’s Kayla Gaskins reports conditions are deteriorating in the Pasquotank County city of Elizabeth City.
Emergency management officials on Thursday issued mandatory evacuation orders for areas within Zone A, ahead of the storm’s arrival.
5:40 a.m.: The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is operating at Level 1 wind restrictions with winds in excess of 40 mph. Read more about the CBBT’s wind restrictions at this link.
5:20 a.m.: The National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. update that Dorian is producing hurricane-force in the southern Outer Banks.
Life-threatening storm-surge is expected along the North Carolina coast and in southeastern Virginia. Water levels could rise in advance of strong winds, the hurricane center said.
The eye of Dorian is passing about 25 miles east of Cape Lookout. The outer bands of Dorian are spreading out across the Outer Banks and into northeast North Carolina as well as southern Hampton Roads.
5:15 a.m.: WAVY’s Jason Marks reports the wind and rain have picked up in the overnight hours as Hurricane Dorian is closing in on the Outer Banks.
4:50 a.m.: WAVY’s Kiahnna Patterson reports Virginia Beach police were seen patrolling the Oceanfront area ahad of Hurricane Dorian.
4:40 a.m.: Heavy rain is moving in to parts of northeast North Carolina as Hurricane Dorian is moving closer to Hatteras. The region is expected to see the worst from Dorian through noon.
4:30 a.m.: The National Hurricane Center said in its 2 a.m. update Hurricane Dorian is about 30 south-southwest of Cape Lookout, North Carolina. Dorian has winds of 90 mph and is moving northeast at 15 mph.
A hurricane warning is in effect for eastern North Carolina, including the Outer Banks. Much of the Hampton Roads region is under a tropical storm warning.
A tornado watch is in effect for Southside Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina until 7 a.m.