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Matt Knight October 31, 20128:57 am

This blog is now closed, visit wtkr.com for the latest updates on the cleanup from Hurricane Sandy

Matt Knight October 31, 20128:43 am

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Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 31, 20126:41 am

Eric Levy is live in Ocean View where free meals are being served to hurricane victims.

Eric says breakfast items include biscuits, gravy, and various fruit. The Salvation Army is providing the free meal. Meal time begins around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday morning. It’s located on 20th Bay Street in Ocean View.

Doris Taylor October 30, 20126:04 pm

MANNS HARBOR — The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division today activated the emergency route between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe. Currently the ferries are not running a set schedule, but are taking the top three priorities as announced by Dare County and will begin a set schedule tomorrow. Also, the Pamlico Sound routes will return to a normal schedule tomorrow under specific re-entry guidelines.

Emergency Route
Wed., Oct. 31, a schedule will be in place to assist Dare County with re-entry. According to Dare County Emergency Management, Priorities One, Two and Three will have access to and from Hatteras Island. Visitors will not be allowed to enter Hatteras Island yet, but will be allowed to depart. Essential commodities, as determined by DCEM will have top priority.

• Priority One includes – Essential personnel (utilities, government, assessment teams, medical/health care), white Disaster Re-entry Permit/Critical Personnel Pass required;
• Priority Two includes – Hatteras Island residents (must have a valid NC driver’s license with Hatteras physical address), personnel of crucial businesses (Orange re-entry permit/Priority II personnel pass required); and
• Priority Three includes – Non-resident property owners and employees of Hatteras Island businesses (2012-2013 Burgundy reentry permit required).

There will be law enforcement in place at the emergency route to determine re-entry status. Please contact Dare County Emergency Management at (252) 473-5655 for additional information on re-entry guidelines.

The Emergency Route schedule beginning Oct. 31, 2012, will be:
• Departing Stumpy Point at 6 a.m., 8, 10, noon, 2 p.m., 4 and 10; and
• Departing Rodanthe at 7 a.m., 9, 11, 1 p.m., 3, 5 and 7.

Doris Taylor October 30, 20125:45 pm

Little Island Park and Fishing Pier are closed to the public because of damages caused by Hurricane Sandy. The city park is at the southern end of Sandbridge.

Doris Taylor October 30, 20124:53 pm

City of Suffolk Update:

The Suffolk Emergency Operations Center has closed after limited activation for Hurricane Sandy.
Updated road status information as of 4:30 p.m.:

— The entrance to Northgate Commerce Parkway is open.

— The 3900 block of Old Mill Road is flooded and impassable. High water signs are in place.

— The 1300 to 1600 block of Buckhorn Road from Deer Path Road to Indian Trail has high water covering the roadway and is closed.

–500 block of Pioneer Road has high water with signs in place. The roadway is open.

— 6200 block of Mineral Spring Road has high water with signs in place. The roadway is open.

— 5300 to 5400 block of Mineral Spring Road has high water with signs in place. The roadway is open.

— Wyanoke Trail at the dead end has high water and remains open.

— Indian Trail from Lake Cahoon Road to Lake Meade Drive has high water at the railroad trestle. High water signs are in place and the roadway is open.

— 4900 to 6200 block of Holy Neck Road from Old South Quay Road to Vicksburg Road has high water and is passable.

–Little Creek Road will be closed tomorrow, October 31, 2012, at 8 a.m. for the removal of leaning trees in the right of way. A detour will be in place with traffic routed to Archers Mill Road.

Doris Taylor October 30, 20123:27 pm

BREAKING: Accomack County Public Schools closed Wednesday.
Accomack County Schools Closed Wednesday

Matt Knight October 30, 20123:26 pm

NCDOT has activated emergency ferry routes for the Outer Banks Click here for details.

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Matt Knight October 30, 20122:53 pm

Dare County Emergency Management released these photos of damage to NC 12 from Oregon Inlet Bridge to just north of Rodanthe.

Matt Knight October 30, 20122:16 pm
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Matt Knight October 30, 20121:54 pm

Snowshoe Mountain resort is now up to 19 inches of snow from Sandy, They are expecting between 1.5 – 2 feet of more snow in next 24 hours.

Matt Knight October 30, 201212:40 pm

The Romney rally in Virginia Beach that was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy has been rescheduled for Thursday at the Farm Bureau Live Ampitheater.

Click here for times and how to pick up tickets

Matt Knight October 30, 201212:22 pm

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division has resumed its normal schedule on the Bayview-Aurora and Currituck-Knotts Island routes this morning. The Southport-Fort Fisher and Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach routes also remain on normal schedule.

At 11 a.m. today, there were two departures from Ocracoke to both Cedar Island and Swan Quarter. A return to a normal Pamlico Sound schedule should be determined later today.

Assessments are being conducted along the Hatteras-Ocracoke route and the emergency route from Stumpy Point to Rodanthe. Once the routes are determined to be safe, a schedule will be announced.

Travelers are encouraged to call each ferry terminal directly with questions about specific ferry routes or schedules.

Matt Knight October 30, 201212:04 pm

This video was shot Tuesday morning from the Dare County Medflight Helicopter of NC12, Mirlo Beach and Hatteras Island.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 30, 201210:27 am

Virginia Beach officials: ‘We have no highway closings or downed trees in the roads, per communications’.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 30, 201210:24 am

Bayview Shelter Closed in Norfolk #SandyWTKR

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 30, 201210:21 am

Hampton:

Monday’s trash collection will be picked up on Wednesday; Tuesday’s collection will be rescheduled for Saturday.

Dare County:

Dare County Public Works has cancelled garbage collection for today (Tuesday, October 30).

Kitty Hawk commercial trash collection is scheduled for Wednesday and residential collection is scheduled for Thursday.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 30, 20129:34 am

Impacts from soundside flooding overnight were less than anticipated allowing most roads in Dare County to remain open; however, the following roads remain closed due to impacts from ocean overwash:

• Highway 12 on Hatteras Island remains closed.

• The 158 Bypass in Kitty Hawk is closed near Milepost 4; however, all traffic is being rerouted through neighborhoods west of the highway.

• There are areas of Highway 12 (Beach Road) in northern beach towns that remain closed.

Motorists are encouraged to use extreme caution, avoid standing water, and stay out of all barricaded areas. Avoid travel through Bypass in Kitty Hawk, if possible.

All visitors are asked to confirm reservations with their accommodations provider before traveling to the area.

Dare County Emergency Management advises that Dare MedFlight is operational and available for emergency medical evacuations, including Hatteras Island.

Damage assessment teams are in the field today to survey the effects of the storm.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 30, 20129:34 am

Swimming Pools and Tennis Center Have Delayed Openings

Swimming pools at city recreation centers have a delayed opening today while the water chemistry is adjusted.

• The Bayside, Great Neck, Kempsville, Princess Anne and Seatack pools will open at noon.
• Williams Farm’s pool opened at 8 a.m.

Also, the Owl Creek Tennis Center will have a delayed opening pending cleanup of significant leaf debris and water removal from the bubble. Crews do not yet know when it will open.

Matt Knight October 30, 20129:30 am
Matt Knight October 30, 20129:29 am

Matt Knight October 30, 20129:28 am

Road udpates from Suffolk:

Nansemond Parkway is closed in both directions on the west side of the intersection with Shoulders Hill Road and a detour is in place. The entrance to Northgate Commerce Park is also closed due to high water. Thru traffic traveling eastbound on Nansemond Parkway will be detoured through Suffolk Meadows via Suffolk Meadows Boulevard, Baron Boulevard and Dutchess Way to Shoulders Hill Road. Thru traffic traveling westbound on Nansemond Parkway will be detoured to Shoulders Hill Road. Thru traffic will connect back to Nansemond Parkway by traveling Shoulders Hill Road, Bridge Road, Lee Farm Lane, and Bennetts Pasture Road.

— The 3900 block of Old Mill road is flooded and high water signs are in place.

— The 1300 to 1600 block of Buckhorn Road has high water covering the roadway and is closed.

— Wilroy Road from Progress Road to the 2300 block of Wilroy Road has high water but the roadway is passable.
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— 1000 block of Freeman Mill Road from Mineral Springs Road to Whaleyville Boulevard has high water but the roadway is passable.

— 3600 block of Desert Road from Clay Hill Road to Deer Forest Road has high water but remains passable.

— 100 block of Dutch Road from Cumberland Lane to Holland Road high water at the railroad tracks. One lane is passable.

–900 block of Dutch Road from Longstreet Lane to South Quay Road has high water but is passable.

–500 block of Pioneer Road has high water with signs in place. The roadway is open.

— 6200 block of Mineral Spring Road has high water with signs in place. The roadway is open.

— 5400 to 5300 block of Mineral Spring Road has high water with signs in place. The roadway is open.

— 4100 block of Quaker Drive has high water with signs in place. The roadway is open.
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— Wyanoke Trail at the dead end has high water and remains open.

— Indian Trail from Lake Cahoon Road to Lake Meade Drive has high water at the railroad trestle. High water signs are in place and the roadway is open.

— 4900 to 6200 block of Holy Neck Road from Old South Quay Road to Vicksburg Road has high water and is passable.

— 1500 block of Wilroy Road from Turner Drive to North River Creek Landing has high water and is passable in both directions.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 30, 20129:11 am

The Salvation Army will be serving lunch from 1pm to 3pm next to the New Life Christian Center in Ocean View. #SandyWTKR

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 30, 20129:03 am

Norfolk Public Schools has rescheduled the football games that had to be postponed Saturday due to the storm.

The games will be played on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 on the following schedule:

At ODU’s Powhatan Stadium:

4:00 p.m. – Granby vs. BTW

6:30 p.m. – ICN vs. Maury HS

At the Virginia Beach Sportsplex:

4:00 p.m. – Churchland vs. Lake Taylor HS

6:30 p.m. – Wilson vs. Norview

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 30, 20129:01 am

The United States Power Squadrons District 5 Fall Education Conference is cancelled.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 30, 20128:51 am

At least 16 dead, 7 million without power. #SandyWTKR

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 30, 20128:51 am

Virginia Beach Voter Registrar’s Office is Open Today

The Virginia Beach Voter Registrar’s Office is open today. Absentee voting is available at the office, 2449 Princess Anne Road, and at the nearby courthouse fire station. Absentee voting is not available today at the Department of Motor Vehicles offices, which are closed today.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 30, 20128:49 am

NORFOLK – Main Street flood gate was opened at 7:40am and the remaining flood gates were opened by 8:30 am. #SandyWTKR

Matt Knight October 30, 20128:37 am

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 30, 20128:26 am


Storm damage assessment in Hampton; road closures listed

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 30, 20128:14 am

Hampton – Monday’s trash collection will be picked up on Wednesday; Tuesday’s collection will be rescheduled for Saturday.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 30, 20128:13 am

Message from the Virginia Beach Wildlife Rescue –

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA ¬– The VBPSCA wildlife emergency line is inundated with calls about injured wildlife particularly in the Lesner Bridge area and around power lines. In order to protect our volunteers and the inured wildlife, please be willing to assist us in transporting the animals to our rehabilitators. To speak to our referral volunteers, please call 263-4762 and for information about how to keep wildlife safe, go to http://vbspcawildlife.com.

Our wildlife rehabilitators are standing by ready to accept animals directly from the public and our referral volunteers will provide you with all the instructions and directions in how the public can assist. The wildlife team can also assist the public in keeping the wildlife safe during the storm.

The shelter opened at 8am Tuesday.

For further information: Contact – Sharon Adams, Executive Director, VA Beach SPCA at 404-7729.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 30, 20128:09 am

City of Chesapeake, Virginia Government – 7:35 a.m. Tuesday — Bainbridge Blvd. at the Triple Decker Bridge remains closed. The water level is dropping and Public Works hopes to have the road open in about an hour.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 30, 20128:08 am

In Hampton Roads, all tunnels, water crossings, interstate highways and primary roads are open in most areas.

Two severely impacted areas include Accomack and Northampton counties. In these areas, several secondary roads remain closed due to storm surge flooding and downed trees.

Matt Knight October 30, 20127:22 am

Dominion reports less than 800 customers without power in Hampton Roads and Northern North Carolina at 89 outage work locations. All critical infrastructure has been restored, including all schools.

Dominion says 74,452 customers were impacted in the region since Saturday at 4pm.

Matt Knight October 30, 20127:18 am

Matt Knight October 30, 20127:13 am

From Sunday through 6 a.m. this morning state troopers have responded to 2,549 traffic crashes and disabled vehicles, and received a total of 4,605 calls for service across Virginia.

During the height of the storm, state police were fielding 155 calls for service an hour.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 30, 20127:01 am

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 30, 20126:58 am

All Virginia Beach courts – Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court – and the court clerks’ offices will be open Tuesday and will operate on their normal schedule.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 30, 20126:54 am

Regent University will open at noon on Tuesday. Essential personnel should report at regular time.

Matt Knight October 30, 20126:52 am

Sandy dumped 16 inches of snow on Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Snowshoe, West Virginia Monday night, and the National Weather Service was calling for another foot or foot and a half of snow within 24 hours. The resort was scheduled to open for the season on December 8th, but is now considering an earlier opening due to the new snow.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 30, 20126:51 am

Due to conditions associated with Hurricane Sandy, Currituck County Schools will be closed to students and staff on Tuesday, October 30th. A make up day has not yet been determined for this closure.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 30, 20126:50 am

The election office in Chesapeake will be open on Tuesday, operating with a skeleton crew.

Following the recommendations from the Governor, citizens should stay inside, due to the current Virginia state of emergency. This will not affect anyone’s ability to cast a legitimate absentee ballot, since absentee voting will continue until November 3.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 30, 20126:49 am

Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area to remain closed Tuesday Oct. 30 Due to Storm.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 30, 20126:46 am


I took this photo on Monday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Surfers out at the South End near the First Street Jetty were drawing crowds, just a few blocks away.

Matt Knight October 30, 20126:37 am

Jamestown-Scotland Ferry service has resumed normal service as of 5 a.m.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 30, 20126:24 am

The City of Virginia Beach will resume waste collection Tuesday morning, Oct. 30, with its normal collection schedule.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 30, 20126:21 am

Virginia Living Museum – closed

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 30, 20125:13 am

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 30, 20124:41 am

Closures in Suffolk:

— Nansemond Parkway at Shoulders Hill Road has an eastbound lane closure in the project area near Shoulders Hill Road and the entrance to Northgate Commerce Park due to high water.

— The 3900 block of Old Mill road is flooded and high water signs are in place.

— The 1300 to 1600 block of Buckhorn Road has high water covering the roadway and is closed.

Doris Taylor October 29, 20129:50 pm

CNN-Two people in Morris County, New Jersey, were killed Monday evening when a tree fell on their car, the county’s emergency management director, Jeffrey Paul, said in a statement.

Doris Taylor October 29, 20129:21 pm

As of Monday evening, Hampton had experienced some tidal flooding because of the storm, and dozens of streets and intersections had to be closed. Most of those streets are being reopened as floodwaters recede.

Although rain and high winds are expected to continue Monday night, Hampton officials hope to begin assessing the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday morning.

Residents who experienced damage are asked to call 311 (727-8311 from a cell) to report it.
Boat owners are reminded that Tuesday’s low tide (4:25 p.m.) will be especially low due to Sandy’s trailing winds blowing towards the east. Boaters should check their lines to make sure they have enough slack to account for these abnormally low tides.

Residents that have parked their cars on higher ground (especially those parked at Francis Asbury Elementary School, 140 Beach Road) are asked to move them back to their residences as soon as possible.

The following city offices have reported their schedules for Tuesday, October 30:
City of Hampton offices will be open for normal operations
Hampton Parks will be open with normal hours
Hampton Courts will be open for normal hours Tuesday
Hampton City Schools will be delayed two hours
Hampton’s Health Department will be closed; The “Women’s Health Day” event is cancelled
Monday’s trash collection will be picked up on Wednesday and Tuesday’s collection will be rescheduled for Saturday.

Doris Taylor October 29, 20129:02 pm

The City of Virginia Beach will resume waste collection Tuesday morning, Oct. 30, with its normal collection schedule.

An unusually large amount of debris is expected, so it is important that residents be aware of the following:

• At this time, normal city garbage and recycling collections (black and blue carts) are scheduled to resume Tuesday, Oct. 30, and will follow normal waste collection schedules as much as possible. If your waste is not collected on your normally scheduled day, please leave the waste at the curb and it will be collected as soon as possible.
• Woody debris should be stacked in 4x4x4 piles. Leaves and grass should be in clear plastic bags and left at the curb.
• Clear plastic bags of loose yard debris should be no more than 25 pounds and should be placed at the curb for pickup. Do not mix the bags with woody debris.
• Construction debris, such as lumber, siding, roofing, etc. must be handled by a private contractor or resident and will not be collected by the city.
• Furniture and appliances damaged by the storm will be collected curbside. A bulky item request is required. Routine requests, however, are temporarily suspended so crews can accommodate storm damage as a first priority.
• The Virginia Beach Landfill, 1989 Jake Sears Road, off Centerville Turnpike, will be open at normal business hours from 7 am to 4:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday.

Doris Taylor October 29, 20129:01 pm

HRT will be on a normal schedule Tuesday

Doris Taylor October 29, 20128:49 pm

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge -Tunnel is now operating under Level 2 wind restrictions.

Doris Taylor October 29, 20128:26 pm

AIRLINE UPDATE – Confirm flight status with airlines as weather could continue to affect operations. Projected operations for Tues, Oct 30:

-American – No flights scheduled; operations will resume at
12:00pm Wed, Oct 31

-Delta – Flights to ATL, DTW and NY-LGA, JFK resume
at approx 9am

-Southwest – First inbound arrives from MCO at 11:40am, flights
scheduled for remainder of day to most destinations

-United – Flights scheduled to ORD at 1:44pm and 5:20pm; IAD
at 2:57pm

-US Airways – Mon, Oct 29: Inbound from CLT arrives 9:09pm;
7:14pm arrival cancelled. Tuesday: CLT departures scheduled at
7:10am, 11:05am, 1:35pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 7:50pm.

No flights scheduled to DCA and PHL.

Doris Taylor October 29, 20128:23 pm

Norfolk Public Schools Rescheduled Football Games

Here is the schedule for Tuesday , October 30,2012.

@ Powhatan Stadium

4:00 pm : Granby vs BTW

6:30 pm: ICN vs Maury HS

@ Va. Beach Sports Plex

4:00 pm: Churchland vs Lake Taylor HS

6:30 pm: Wilson vs Norview

Doris Taylor October 29, 20128:21 pm

All lanes of Highway 158 are closed in Kitty Hawk due to flooding. The closure is in the vicinity of milepost 4. All vehicles are being rerouted on a detour through neighborhoods west of Highway 158.

Doris Taylor October 29, 20128:16 pm

According to CNN, a New York man was killed Monday in Queens when he was struck by a tree that fell on his house, officials said.

Doris Taylor October 29, 20128:16 pm

According to CNN, Superstorm Sandy officially made landfall Monday evening along the coast of southern New Jersey, the National Hurricane Center reported.

Doris Taylor October 29, 20127:32 pm

Sandy has now been re-classified as a post-tropical cyclone, meaning the storm is less like a hurricane and more like a winter storm.

The center of Sandy is close to landfall near Atlantic City, NJ. Maximum sustained winds are down to 85 mph. Sandy is expected to move west into Pennsylvania, before turning north and bringing high winds, heavy rain and even snow to areas of Pennsylvania, New York and New England.

Doris Taylor October 29, 20127:13 pm

Fort Eustis will operate under a 2-hour delayed reporting time with liberal leave authorized.

Doris Taylor October 29, 20126:13 pm

Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story reporting requirements for Tuesday are essential personnel report on time, non-essential personnel are authorized a two-hour delay. The Child Development Centers and all gates will open normal hours.

Matt Knight October 29, 20126:05 pm

7 City School Closures

Chesapeake Public Schools – 2 hour delay
Hampton City Schools – 2 hour delay
Newport News City Schools – 2 hour delay
Norfolk Public Schools – 2 hour delay
(Tidewater Park Elementary – Closed; Ruffner Academy – Closed for Students/Staff 2 hour delay)
Portsmouth City Schools – 2 hour delay
Suffolk Public Schools – 2 hour delay
Virginia Beach Public Schools – 2 hour delay

Matt Knight October 29, 20125:57 pm

Widespread soundside flooding is expected to occur now through Tuesday morning as the back portion of Hurricane Sandy passes the Outer Banks. Dare County Emergency Management advises everyone to stay indoors. If travel is necessary, use extreme caution and stay out of all barricaded areas.

Roanoke Island/Manteo/Wanchese:

Prepare for inundation of 4 to 6 feet above ground. Causeway and downtown Manteo will have flooding over town docks. Highest impacts will be seen after sunset.

Northern Portions – Including Municipalities:

Prepare for inundation along soundside areas of 4 to 6 feet. Water intrusion in lower floors of low lying buildings is possible. Move high value items to higher ground, including vehicles and boats.

Mainland Dare County:

Manns Harbor and Stumpy Point should expect inundation of 4 to 6 feet above ground with flooding of low lying structures. Vehicles and boats should be relocated to higher ground.

Hatteras Island:

Soundside flooding will continue through the evening with 4 to 6 feet in the Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo Villages.

NC Highway 12 south of Oregon Inlet remains closed due to sand and water on the roadway. NCDOT will continue working to clear the road, assess damage and make repairs to reopen it as quickly as possible.

NCDOT has suspended ferry service between Hatteras Village and Ocracoke. Operations will return to normal as soon as winds diminish and conditions are safe.

Doris Taylor October 29, 20125:56 pm

Norfolk Naval Shipyard – Essential Personnel On Time; Non-Essential 2 Hour Delay

Doris Taylor October 29, 20125:40 pm

ODU closed Tuesday except essential personnel.

Doris Taylor October 29, 20125:39 pm

Isle of Wight County Schools closed Tuesday, employees on 2-hour delay

Doris Taylor October 29, 20125:35 pm

Portsmouth Public Schools will be on a 2-hour delay/Chesapeake Public Schools. In Chesapeake, no morning kindergarten.

Matt Knight October 29, 20125:23 pm

Doris Taylor October 29, 20125:19 pm

Suffolk Public Schools will be on a 2-hour delay

Matt Knight October 29, 20125:18 pm

High-rise crane partially collapses over Manhattan street in Sandy’s winds

Doris Taylor October 29, 20125:17 pm

Operations at Langely Ft. Eustis will return to normal on Tuesday morning. The hospital will return to normal operations tonight at 6 p.m.

Doris Taylor October 29, 20125:13 pm

All Norfolk City offices will open on a two-hour delay at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 30, 2012. The Norfolk Treasurer and Commissioner of Revenue offices will also open on two hour delay at 10:15 a.m. Essential employees may be required to report for normal working hours or as directed. All three Norfolk courts and the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office will open on time.

All Recreation, Parks and Open Space programs and facilities will be open to the public tomorrow. All Before-School programming is cancelled. After-School programs will go on as scheduled.

Norfolk Public Schools will open on a two-hour delay Tuesday, except two schools – Ruffner Academy and Tidewater Park Elementary – will be closed to students all day due to standing water around the buildings. Ruffner Academy staff members should report to Ruffner following the two-hour delay; Tidewater Park Elementary staff members are excused for the day.

All other NPS staff members may observe a two-hour delay, except essential personnel who should report as needed or directed by their supervisors.

Doris Taylor October 29, 20125:06 pm

All Virginia Beach courts – Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court – and the court clerks’ offices will be open Tuesday and will operate on their normal schedule.

Doris Taylor October 29, 20125:02 pm

Rear Admiral Tim Alexander, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic has directed that Mission Essential Personnel report on time tomorrow and Non-Mission Essential Personnel report on a two-hour delay to all Hampton Roads installations and activities, to include Naval Weapons Station Yorktown.

Doris Taylor October 29, 20125:02 pm

Gates County Schools will be closed on Tuesday.

Doris Taylor October 29, 20125:00 pm

Suffolk Updates: Suffolk Parks and Recreation report that the East Suffolk Recreation Center will close at 6 p.m. tonight.

City of Suffolk Refuse Collection and TFC Recycling will run as scheduled Tuesday, October 30.

City of Suffolk offices will be open Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at 8:30 a.m.

Suffolk Public Libraries note that all City libraries will close at 5:30 p.m. tonight.

Wilroy Road is closed from Progress Road to the 2300 block of Wilroy Road due to high water.

Nansemond Parkway at Shoulders Hill Road has an eastbound lane closure in the project area near Shoulders Hill Road and the entrance to Northgate Commerce Park due to high water.

The 3900 block of Old Mill road is flooded and high water signs are in place.

The 1300 to 1600 block of Buckhorn Road has high water covering the roadway and is closed.

3600 block of Desert Road from Clay Hill Road to Deer Forest Road has high water but remains passable.

100 block of Dutch Road from Cumberland Lane to Holland Road high water at the railroad tracks. One lane is passable.

8400 block of Pineview Road has high water. Signs are in place and the roadway is open.

500 block of Pioneer Road has high water with signs in place. The roadway is open.

Doris Taylor October 29, 20124:56 pm

MIDTOWN TUNNEL RE-OPENS: Crews have successfully pumped out all standing water at the Norfolk approach to the Midtown Tunnel and have lifted the tide gate, reopening the tunnel to east and westbound traffic. Water on the Norfolk side of the tide gate reached as high as 13 feet Monday morning.

Doris Taylor October 29, 20124:49 pm

Hampton City Schools will also be on a 2-hour delay on Tuesday.

Doris Taylor October 29, 20124:41 pm

Due to overwash, U.S. 158 in Kitty Hawk near Kitty Hawk Road is heavily flooded and motorists are advised to avoid the area. N.C. 12 remains closed from Rodanthe to the Oregon Inlet Bridge.

Doris Taylor October 29, 20124:20 pm

Bainbridge Blvd is now completely open in Chesapeake.

Doris Taylor October 29, 20124:19 pm

Newport News has closed its shelter at Warwick High School and the four people there have made other arrangements.

Matt Knight October 29, 20124:19 pm

Newport News has closed its shelter at Warwick High School

Matt Knight October 29, 20124:18 pm

All ABC stores are now closed for the day. ABC will be monitoring conditions tomorrow. Store closing policies will be in effect and the agency will determine by afternoon if an overall closing will be necessary as it was today.

Patrick Rockey October 29, 20124:15 pm

BLIZZARD WARNING? NOPE. This is from Jeff Orrock at the Nat’l Weather Service: “We have been receiving phone calls of individuals receiving Blizzard Warnings via text messaging to cell phones around Richmond. A Blizzard Warning is in effect for areas from Charlotesville west mainly at elevation. There are no Blizzard Warnings in in effect for Central VA.”

Doris Taylor October 29, 20124:08 pm

Road Closures in Virginia Beach: 27th and Artic closed due to high water.

West Great Neck/Shore Drive due to high water

S. Plaza Trail between Windsor Gate Place and Silina Rd. is flooded

Doris Taylor October 29, 20123:45 pm

Gloucester Point Beach Park: The beach is closed and no vehicular traffic is allowed. It will be closed until further notice.

Gloucester County Public Schools: Closed on Tuesday with 12-month employees reporting at 10 a.m.

Gloucester County Government Offices: County offices will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 30th with essential employees reporting as scheduled.

Doris Taylor October 29, 20123:28 pm

Currituck County will open a temporary storm shelter today at the Department of Social Services (DSS). The shelter will begin accepting residents at 7:00 pm.

Any county resident wishing to stay overnight in the shelter due to flooding at their property, or other storm-related conditions, may report to the DSS office, which is located at 2793 Caratoke Highway. Shelter officials may be reached at (252) 619-4429.

Doris Taylor October 29, 20122:58 pm

ODU offices and facilities will open at noon Tuesday.
Classes will begin Tuesday at 1:20pm.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20122:47 pm

All Newport News City offices and facilities closed at 2:30 today.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20122:38 pm

• The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel remains at level 4 wind restrictions.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20122:37 pm

• High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane restrictions have been lifted on all area interstates this afternoon, October 29, 2012. The I-64 HOV Reversible Roadway lanes are now open to all traffic traveling eastbound.

• Currently, The Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) remains open. Crews remain in place at the facility and are making preparations should the expected high tide require the facility to close.

• The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry (JSF) service has been suspended until further notice.

• The Route 175 Causeway to Chincoteague has been closed due to standing water causing dangerous driving conditions on the roadway.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20122:37 pm

• High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane restrictions have been lifted on all area interstates this afternoon, October 29, 2012. The I-64 HOV Reversible Roadway lanes are now open to all traffic traveling eastbound.

• Currently, The Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) remains open. Crews remain in place at the facility and are making preparations should the expected high tide require the facility to close.

• The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry (JSF) service has been suspended until further notice.

• The Route 175 Causeway to Chincoteague has been closed due to standing water causing dangerous driving conditions on the roadway.

• State Route 182 in Accomack County is closed.

• The Interstate 264 east off ramp to Campostella Road is open.

• The Interstate 64 west off ramp to 15th View Street is closed due to high water on the city streets.

• On Interstate 64 east at LaSalle Avenue, one lane is closed due to flooding.

• The Interstate 264 east off ramp to Tidewater Drive is closed due to high water on the city streets.

• The Interstate 264 west ramp to City Hall is closed.

• The Interstate 264 east off ramp to Effingham Street is closed.

• The Interstate 264 east and west Brambleton Avenue exits are open.

• The Interstate 664 south and north Terminal Boulevard off ramp is open.

• The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel remains at level 4 wind restrictions.

• In rural areas throughout the district, many secondary roads continue to be affected by tidal influences with minor roadway flooding.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20122:36 pm

Birdneck Shelter to Close at 4 p.m. Today in Virginia Beach

The city’s emergency shelter at Birdneck Elementary School will close at 4 p.m. It is the only public shelter in Virginia Beach.

Electrical outages in Virginia Beach are minimal and the worst storm flooding occurred at high tide this morning.

Tides and flooding are expected to lessen as the day continues.

The Animal Care and Adoption Center also will close at 4 p.m.

It was open to dogs and cats of residents who took shelter at Birdneck Elementary.

Matt Knight October 29, 20122:10 pm

The City of Norfolk will consolidate its shelter operations to the Bayview Recreation Center 8613 Willow Terrace by 5:00 p.m.

Transportation and food will be provided at Bayview as well as medical services. Bayview will continue to serve as a pet-friendly shelter. Owners must remain on premises.

At the peak of Hurricane Sandy, 58 residents and 5 kittens sought shelter at one of four shelters around the city.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20121:36 pm

The Chesapeake Voter Registrar’s office will be open with a skeleton crew only on Tuesday, October 30 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. no walk-in ballots will be accepted.

Matt Knight October 29, 20121:18 pm

The City of Portsmouth will close the emergency shelter at Lakeview Elementary School at 3 p.m. today.

Matt Knight October 29, 201212:59 pm

The tide gate remains closed at the Midtown Tunnel as crews pump water away from the tunnel approach on the Norfolk side using mobile pumps.

The water on the Norfolk side of the tide gate reached as high as 13 feet during the height of this morning’s tidal surge.

The Downtown Tunnel remains open with no restrictions; however motorists should be advised that the I-264 east Effingham St. off-ramp (Exit 7A) ramp is closed due to standing water:

Matt Knight October 29, 201212:46 pm

VDOT has lifted HOV lane restrictions on all area interstates this afternoon. The I-64 HOV Reversible Roadway lanes are now open to all traffic traveling eastbound.

Matt Knight October 29, 201212:27 pm

The southbound right lane of the James River Bridge is closed.

Matt Knight October 29, 201212:10 pm

James City County officials report high water crossing Cranston’s Mill Pond Road. Motorists are asked to avoid that roadway and use alternate routes.

The Powhatan Shores neighborhood is also reporting flooding and public safety crews are on the way to the area.

Matt Knight October 29, 201212:08 pm

MacArthur Mall will be closing at 2pm today.

Matt Knight October 29, 201212:07 pm

The City of Portsmouth reports the following flooded roads as of 11:30 a.m.

Eastbound I-264 Exit 7A closed
Frederick Blvd. between Portsmouth Blvd. and George Washington Hwy.
Madison St. and Seventh St.
Dinwiddie St. and North St.
Caroline Ave. and Wyoming Ave.
4100 George Washington Hwy.
Elm Ave. and Webster St.
5200 block of Johnson Ave.

Matt Knight October 29, 201212:05 pm

The city of Chesapeake will be closing the resident shelter at Oscar Smith High School and the medical needs shelter at Greenbrier Middle School at 5pm today.

Matt Knight October 29, 201211:41 am

HRT to suspend services at 6 pm

Matt Knight October 29, 201211:15 am

Cell phone service for Hatteras Island is currently limited. Callers are asked, if possible, to dial 911 from a land line phone to report emergencies.

CenturyLink, the provider of cell service on Hatteras Island, has located the source of the problem and is working to restore service as soon as possible.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 201210:42 am

Closings for today (Monday)

Riverside Shore Cancer Center

Riverside Shore Home Health

Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital’s outpatient services including cardiopulmonary testing, cardiac rehab, outpatient laboratory testing, outpatient imaging.

Riverside Eastern Shore Physicians & Surgeons will close today at 12:30.

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Matt Knight October 29, 201210:27 am

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 201210:08 am

Shore Drive is closed near the Lesner Bridge right now. It is now time to stay off the roads until low tide.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20129:52 am

Sandbridge Road is impassible due to high water. Police, Fire and EMS personnel are in Sandbridge to help with emergencies.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20129:47 am

Matt Knight October 29, 20129:42 am

UPDATE: 14 rescued, two missing after crew abandons tall ship off of Hatteras

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20129:39 am

At this time, the Knotts Island – Currituck ferry on the Currituck Sound is not making runs due to the low water level at the Currituck dock.

Citizens may contact the Ferry Terminal at (252) 232-2683 for updates.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20129:38 am


Avalon Pier – Myles Henderson

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20129:35 am


Denbigh Section of Newport News

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20129:32 am

United States Sales Corporation Closed

Matt Knight October 29, 20128:31 am

Assistant Chief Harris in Kill Devil Hills confirms that a section of the Avalon Pier has collapsed from Sandy’s surf.

Matt Knight October 29, 20128:29 am

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20128:26 am

All vehicles in downtown Norfolk garages can remain until 6:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20128:22 am

‎8am Update: NORFOLK— The Midtown Tunnel tide gate has been lowered and the tunnel is now closed to motorists.

Matt Knight October 29, 20128:20 am

The Steel Bridge is now closed due to flooding

Matt Knight October 29, 20128:03 am

You can’t approach the midtown tunnel from MLK, from Rt. 164 or from Hampton Blvd, however it is still open if you can get to it from other locations and there is a pilot car to lead you through.

Matt Knight October 29, 20128:01 am

21 people are at Lakeview Elementary school shelter in Portsmouth.

There are 60 residents and 5 kittens in 4 shelters in Norfolk.

Matt Knight October 29, 20127:40 am

Matt Knight October 29, 20127:38 am

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Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20127:33 am

Rosemont Rd. is closed past S. Plaza Trail to Clubhouse Rd. heading from Rosemont to Holland.

Also, the back Bow Creek neighborhoods are flooded in spots.

Matt Knight October 29, 20127:30 am

OuterBeachesRealty posted this video of tidal flooding and beach erosion in Rodanthe

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20127:29 am

Still closed at Tidewater Drive off 264 in Norfolk.

15th View off of 64 closed. Dock Landing towards 664 closed. Semple Farm Rd at Magruder and Armistead at Mercury Closed.

CBBT under level 4 wind restrictions. Wind advisories at the Midtown Tunnel so slower speeds in place, expect delays.

Matt Knight October 29, 20127:27 am

Light Rail service in downtown Norfolk has been suspended

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20127:26 am

Message from VB Mayor Will Sessoms:

“If you don’t have to go out, please do not! Here’s an update from our City: we have opened Birdneck Elementary School – 957 S. Birdneck Rd. – as as shelter. Please, if you can, keep checking vbgov.com and monitoring this storm via radio or television.”

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20127:07 am

NORFOLK/PORTSMOUTH: The Midtown tunnel is now using pilot vehicles to guide traffic through the tunnel at safe speeds. Expect delays both East and Westbound.

The Downtown Tunnel is moving with no delays.

Matt Knight October 29, 20127:03 am

The crew of the tall ship HMS Bounty has now abandoned ship 90 miles off of Hatteras

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20127:01 am

The Midtown Tunnel remains open in both directions this morning however, travel speeds are now being regulated for safety with a pilot vehicle leading motorists through the tunnel in each direction.

The Downtown Tunnels, which serve as alternate routes between Portsmouth and Norfolk, are open with no restrictions.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20126:56 am

The NEW South Norfolk Jordan bridge is OPEN and free to all traffic today!

Matt Knight October 29, 20126:52 am

The Coast Guard is responding to a distressed tall ship with 17 people aboard approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras N.C.

The 180-foot, three mast tall ship HMS Bounty has been featured in many movies, including Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20126:51 am

Dare County ETT Substitute Class is cancelled today.

Matt Knight October 29, 20126:49 am

Matt Knight October 29, 20126:42 am

City of Suffolk offices will be open today but liberal leave is available for employees.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20126:37 am

All City of Chesapeake offices, libraries and community centers will be CLOSED on Monday, October 29.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20126:35 am

Virginia Living Museum – closed Monday.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20126:34 am

HOV lanes are open to all traffic this morning for the drive.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20126:29 am

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Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20126:17 am

Chesapeake: Battlefield Blvd. (Great Bridge Bridge area) and Dominion Blvd. (Steel Bridge area) are now OPEN. They will likely close again later this morning during the next high tide period.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20126:02 am

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Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20125:53 am

CLOSED: York County Offices

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20125:37 am

Matt Knight October 29, 20125:08 am

The following roads in Suffolk are closed due to storm related high water conditions:

– 700 block of North Main Street is closed in both directions at the Kimberly Bridge.

– 3900 block of Old Mill Road is closed.

– Wilroy Road from Progress Road to the 2300 block of Wilroy Road is closed.

– 200 block of East Constance Road from Katherine Street to North Main Street is closed.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20124:55 am

We will continue to have heavy rain, tropical storm strength winds, and tidal flooding. As Sandy moves up the coast we will tend to see less rain farther south and more rain north. Wind gusts will continue to reach into 60mph range, especially for the Eastern Shore.

Our next high tide is mid-morning, 9:24 am for Sewells Point. This will be the peak of tidal flooding for most of the area. The exception is the Bay side of the Eastern Shore.

As the winds shift later today and tonight expect a surge of 2 to 3 feet. Conditions for everyone will gradually improve through Tuesday.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20124:15 am

Our next high tide is mid-morning, 9:24 a.m. for Sewells Point. This will be the peak of tidal flooding for most of the area.

The exception is the Bay side of the Eastern Shore.

As the winds shift later today and tonight expect a surge of 2 to 3 feet. Conditions for everyone will gradually improve through Tuesday.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20124:12 am

FORECAST: Sandy’s impacts continue… Hurricane Sandy is moving north a few hundred miles off the coast of North Carolina. Sandy is projected to make landfall tonight near southern New Jersey.

We will continue to have heavy rain, tropical storm strength winds, and tidal flooding. As Sandy moves up the coast we will tend to see less rain farther south and more rain north.

Wind gusts will continue to reach into 60mph range, especially for the Eastern Shore.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20124:04 am

According to VDOT’s Facebook page, the City Hall ramp on I-264 westbound has been reopened.

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20123:48 am

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20123:43 am

CBBT is under level 4 wind restrictions still this morning. #SandyWTKR

Holly Jan13 Holly Henry October 29, 20123:40 am

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Doris Taylor October 29, 20123:05 am

The Route 175 Chincoteague Bridge Causeway has reopened and all Route 17 north— and south bound lanes on the access road to the JRB have reopened.

Doris Taylor October 29, 20123:04 am

Refuse collection in the City of Williamsburg will be delayed by one day. Collections scheduled for Monday, October 29 will occur Tuesday, October 30; Tuesday’s scheduled collections will be Wednesday, October 31.
As of today, recycling collections will occur as regularly scheduled on Wednesday.

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