HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – Several area schools announced closures or delays Friday following severe weather that continued through the night.
Strong storms moved into our area Thursday afternoon, bringing strong winds and rain, along with flooding.
A tornado watch was issued for much of the WAVY TV viewing area, which was lifted Thursday night, but a wind advisory remained in effect for much of eastern Virginia.
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Between Thursday afternoon into the evening hours, a line of showers and storms moved in from the west, bringing heavy rain and wind at times. The rain continued into the overnight hours.
The severe weather persisted Friday morning. A thunderstorm warning was issued for the region. Strong winds and rain were reported.
Flooding from the storms was so bad in Elizabeth City that the school district was forced to close Friday, with floodwaters still lingering in several areas around the city. Hertford, Gates, Bertie and Perquimans schools also chose to close.
Dare County Schools were releasing early (11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.) due to wind causing flooding on roads. Around 11:30 a.m. NCDOT reported significant soundside flooding in parts of Dare County, especially along NC-12 on Hatteras Island.
Northampton County Public Schools in North Carolina, and Accomack and Northampton County (Va.) schools also had a two-hour delays Friday due to the storm’s impacts.
Flooding was also reported in southern Virginia Beach, where winds from the south typically push water from Back Back onto roads.
In Suffolk, officials said the storm damage and winds Friday kept first responders busy. Two trees fell on residences, but no one was injured.
Multiple areas in Suffolk were impacted by high water or trees and tree limbs, as well. Multiple traffic signals in Suffolk were out as of about 4:45 p.m.
Thousands of residents were also experiencing power outages in eastern Virginia and North Carolina, according to a Dominion outage map.
Dominion said as of 5 p.m. Friday crews had restored power to more than 80 percent of the 165,000 customers impacted.
Due to the rain and winds and ensuing damage, Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Thursday to help move resources and personnel to helpful response areas.
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