PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Tropical Storm Ophelia unleashed heavy rain across Virginia and North Carolina, causing flooding and power outages.
The storm made landfall Saturday morning around Emerald Isle in coastal North Carolina. The National Weather Service issued a couple tornado warnings across the WAVY viewing area Saturday morning, for parts of northeast North Carolina. There were no immediate reports of damage.
WAVY’s Andy Fox was in the Outer Banks Saturday morning where officials with Dare County Emergency management are concerned about sound-side flooding.
“We’re anticipating the winds to pick up. Tropical storm force winds out of the east [will] continue to blow with the potential for two to four feet of storm surge up onto the coast,” said Drew Pearson, Director of Dare County Emergency Management.
Meanwhile, KaMaria Braye was at the Hague in Norfolk where the streets were covered with water early Saturday morning.
That area of the city saw around seven inches of flood water. By 7 a.m. the area had dried out for the most part with only a few puddles remaining.
Norfolk officials said city crews were out Saturday clearing tree limbs and debris from the roads. They also issued a reminder to never drive through ponded water.
The storm caused more than 113,000 power outages in Virginia and North Carolina.
The storm’s biggest impact has been in Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina. According to Dominion Energy, 170,000 customers reported power outages within 24 hours of the initial impact from Tropical Storm Ophelia.
The spokesperson said as power is restored, Dominion will continue to shift resources to areas with remaining customer outages.
In Hampton, the southbound lanes of Armistead Avenue were impassable at Freeman Drive Saturday morning. Officials also reported power lines down at Morgan Drive and Grimes Road, which was making those roads impassable.
The city tweeted this picture of a flooded vehicle on Armistead Avenue.
Flooding was also reported in Hampton, on Pembroke near River Street, Beach Road, Eagle Point Road, Dandy Point and Gilbert Street. Some of those roads were expected to flood again during Saturday afternoon’s high tide.
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