*Scroll down for updates from Tropical Storm Hermine from Saturday, September 3*
Hermine is moving through the area and expected to bring rain and winds. Widespread rain will be heavy at times as the center of Hermine tracks up the coastline and out into the Atlantic. Moderate to near major tidal flooding expected near high tide. We will also watch out for isolated tornadoes, which are always possible with a tropical system that makes landfall.
Update from National Hurricane Center: Life-threatening inundation next 12 hrs Hampton Roads area. Take action to protect life & property.
Update from Dominion Power:
Dominion crews have been
working overnight to restore power outages caused by the storm.
Hermine brought heavy rain into our area, starting in our North Carolina
offices at approximately 10pm. Around 1am, winds started picking up with
gusts up to 45 mph In our coastal areas. As of 8am, more than 67,000
customers were affected by Hermine in Northeast NC and Hampton Roads with
53,000 customers still out.
The biggest trouble has been
caused by the wind blowing trees and tree limbs onto lines, knocking out power.
We appreciate everyone’s patience as our crews work to get to their locations.
treat all downed power lines as LIVE and DANGEROUS. Stay back at least 30 feet
and do not touch anything touching the wire. Keep children and pets out of any
area with storm damage. If you see a downed wire, call right away at 1-866-DOM-HELP
(1-866-366-4357) so we can make the area safe.
sure you have bookmarked our new online map that makes it easier to track power
outages and restoration progress. You can save your address and any other
locations for future reference. outagemap.dom.com.The new map is compatible
with all mobile devices.
Tree down in Aragona Village in Virginia Beach. Sent by News 3 viewer Sue A.
From News 3 Facebook fan Quinn Capps-Wartenbe: “Here’s what we woke up to this morning in Manteo, N.C.”
Updated 8 a.m. numbers:
Cape Hatteras 56
Due to the inclement weather, Portsmouth Public Libraries
will be closed today. Also, the Cavalier Manor Pool and the Splash Park are
N.C. ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES WORK TO RESTORE 7,800 OUTAGES
IN HERMINE’S WAKE
- North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are reporting
7,800 outages resulting from Tropical Storm Hermine as of 8 a.m. on Sept.
- Electric cooperative crews are responding, and
restoration work continue until power is restored to all cooperative
- Cooperative members are reminded to stay far away from
flooded areas and power lines and to report any downed or sagging lines to
911 or their local electric cooperative
N.C. (Sept. 3, 2016, 8:00 a.m.) – North Carolina’s electric cooperatives
are reporting a total of 7,800 outages resulting from Tropical Storm Hermine as
of 8 a.m. Crews are in the field working to restore power to cooperative
members as quickly as possible. Restoration work will continue until power is
restored to all cooperative members.
cooperatives report outages primarily affecting members in the following
eastern North Carolina counties: Beaufort, Bertie, Columbus, Dare, Gates,
Perquimans and Washington.
members are reminded to always assume powerlines are energized and dangerous.
If you encounter a fallen, sparking or sagging power line, do not touch it.
Never attempt to move tree branches or other objects touching or near power
lines. Instead, report damaged power lines or poles to your local electric
cooperative or call 911 immediately. Stay away from flooded areas. If you see
cooperative crews working on the side of the road, slow down and leave plenty
cooperative members experiencing outages can report those outages to their
cooperative using phone numbers found at this link: http://www.ncelectriccooperatives.com/storm/outages.htm.
Carolina’s electric cooperatives serve approximately 2.5 million people in 93
of the state’s 100 counties.
Update from City of Norfolk:
Update from Dominion Power:
“As of 9am, more than 100,000 customers have experienced a power outage across our system as a result of Tropical Storm Hermine. The vast majority of have been in our Eastern region. 69,000 customers remained without service at 766 work locations with 66,700 customers and 727 locations in Hampton Roads and Northeast North Carolina.
Tropical Storm Hermine began impacting our North Carolina service territory around 10pm last night with winds picking up at 1am throughout the Eastern region. As expected, winds along the coast are steady at 40-45 MPH, gusting to 55 MPH. Further inland communities are experiencing 25-30MPH sustained winds, gusting to 40MPH.
Crews worked through the night responding to outages with all crews on standby fully engaged at 6:00AM. We are also deploying crews from our Northwest offices and have additional support with contractors.
Another major outage just occurred in the Bayside area of Virginia Beach, affecting 12,000 customers on several circuits. Crews on the way.
While we are still assessing overall damages, most outages have been tree related. Some of these work locations have wire down and broken cross arms. There have been a couple verified reports of broken poles due to trees.”
Picture from Hampton Police on Facebook: “The tides are really starting to kick up. Chief Sult just captured this photo on the boardwalk at Fort Monroe.”
Update from City of Suffolk:
Suffolk Fire & Rescue crews are currently on the scene of a downed tree which caused a transformer and three power poles to fall across the roadway in the 5000 block of Bay Circle.
Emergency Communications received the call at 8:31 a.m. advising of the incident with live wires sparking across the roadway in the Holly Acres neighborhood off Respass Beach Road in northern Suffolk.
Battalion Chief Craig Abraham advised that the tree and poles are blocking the entire roadway and that crews from Dominion Virginia Power are en route. There are no issues at nearby residences and there were no injuries.
Responding units include Battalion 2, Engines 5, 10 and 25, Ladder 5, EMS-1, Medic 5, and Tanker 9 from the Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department.
Crews from Public Works will also assist with tree and debris removal after Dominion Virginia Power removes the live power lines so that the roadway can be reopened.
Portion of North Main Street in Suffolk closed:
Suffolk Police advise that there have been no reports of flooded roadways overnight and earlier this morning however, as expected with tidal flooding Public Works crews are now on scene in the 700 block of North Main Street to close the Kimberly Bridge due to high water.
There will be at least 5 high tide cycles over the next several days that will include minor to moderate levels with the winds affecting the piling up of water that may require further closings in this area.
Tropical update from meteorologist Myles Henderson:
Hermine is now a post-tropical cyclone but gaining strength as it moves into the Atlantic. Hermine is centered about 80 miles SE of Norfolk and is moving ENE at 15 mph. A turn toward the northeast and a decrease in forward speed are expected by tonight, followed by a slow northward motion through early Monday. On the forecast track, the center of Hermine will move away from the North Carolina coast and meander offshore of the Delmarva Peninsula Sunday night and early Monday. Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours, and Hermine is expected to be near hurricane intensity on Sunday. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles from the center.
***Note: A post-tropical cyclone is a former tropical cyclone but still retains winds of hurricane or tropical storm force.
Tree downs transformer and poles in Suffolk, 5000 block of Bay Circle.
Downed tree on Brigadoon Court in Chic’s Beach area of Virginia Beach (Photo submitted by News 3 viewer Shane)
Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry Resumes Normal Schedule
Departures began at 10 a.m. Saturday
RALEIGH – Ferry operations between Southport and Fort Fisher resumed on Saturday morning after the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division safely conducted a test run and received approval from the U.S. Coast Guard.
The first trip out of Southport launched at 10 a.m., and the first departure from Fort Fisher is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. The ferries will run on their regular schedule throughout the day.
As of noon, 66,000 customers out in Hampton Roads and Northeast NC at more than 900 work locations.
The number of customers affected so far has crept up to nearly 143,000
Virginia Beach has the biggest trouble at the moment with 30,500 customers out. Many of those are in the Bayside, Shore Drive area.
Chesapeake is next with 8300 in Great Bridge, Hickory and South Norfolk.
No major equipment damage, just a lot of scattered outages, mostly caused by trees and tree limbs. Crews have been working non-stop since 10pm last night, with the exception of one or two hours when the winds were too strong in North Carolina to work safely.
Please report your outages on dom.com or 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357)
Also report downed power lines so we can make the area safe. Assume they are LIVE and DANGEROUS. Stay back at least 30 feet and do not touch anything touching the wire. Keep children and pets out of any area with storm damage.
Dominion’s new online map makes it easier to track power outages and restoration progress. You can save your address and any other locations for future reference. outagemap.dom.com. The new map is compatible with all mobile devices.
From Dominion Power:
The Outer Banks has had about 16,000 customers affected by Tropical Storm Hermine. Norfolk’s had nearly 11,000.
Combined in Hampton Roads and Northeast NC, 152,000 customers have been affected so far. 57,745 remain without power.
Currituck County Government has declared a State of Emergency in response to Tropical Storm Hermine. At this time, no restrictions are in place within the declaration.
Currently, there are reports of trees and power lines down at various locations in the county. All main roadways are open, but some secondary roads may be temporarily blocked by trees or power lines. Emergency crews are working to clear any blocked roadways as they are reported.
Dominion Power reports more than 7,500 power outages in Currituck County and has crews working to restore power throughout the area as quickly as they can. Citizens can report power outages to Dominion Power at 866-366-4357.
Citizens should use caution if they have to travel and be alert for downed trees, downed power lines, or standing water. Motorists are reminded to not attempt to drive through standing water and to call 911 to report blocked roadways.
Suffolk Fire & Rescue crews and the Suffolk Police Department are currently on the scene of a transformer fire in the 2000 block of Whaleyville Boulevard/Route 13.
Emergency Communications was advised of the incident at approximately 1:14 p.m. Upon arrival Engine 2 found an active fire on the utility pole. Whaleyville Boulevard/Route 13 has been shut down and traffic is being detoured at Copeland Road and Carolina Road due to the instability of the pole posing a risk of energized lines collapsing.
Update from York County:
No reports of significant flooding in York County. At high tide, some roads in low-lying areas were impassable, as expected. Approximately 100 homes without power at this time, however Dominion is working to restore service. Yorktown Trolley still operating in Yorktown.
The 2200 block of Wilroy Road in Suffolk has been closed
due to high water between Progress Road and the BASF facility as a result of
tidal flooding. Detour signs are in place.
Update from Norfolk Emergency Operations Director Jim Redick:
The worst of the rain is past. More is likely between now and 5 pm but accumulation is minimal – less than an inch between now and the rest of the weekend. Wind gusts in the low to mid-30’s are forecast between now and Monday, down from the 50 mph gusts we experienced earlier.
However, we’re not out of the woods yet as it pertains to coastal flooding. We are past the Saturday morning high tide which did not see the 6.7 level as predicted, yet it still caused significant flooding in the roadways. And the next high tide around midnight tonight may be quite similar. Please continue to avoid driving or playing in flood waters.
As it pertains to power outages, Dominion Power continues to restore power, most recently reporting 3,636 out of 97,004 customers without power. There have also been several reports of flooded streets, downed or damaged trees and downed power lines. Residents are urged to keep away from downed power lines, and be aware that traffic lights may be out in some areas.
We also urge residents to help us keep storm drains clear by picking up debris from yards and curbs that could flow into and block storm drains.
Norfolk Fire Chief Wise urges caution in dealing with the use of generators, propane stoves and candles and carbon monoxide. Often when people lose electricity they revert to those means to have electricity or cook and they don’t think about carbon monoxide. Generators and cooking grills should always be used outside. Likewise, in some homes with downed trees, gas lines could be ruptured and thus candles should not be used.
Meteorologist Dominic Brown was out in the elements today!
Update from Dominion Power:
Corner of Caratoke Hwy and Maple Rd in Currituck County, NC (Photo submitted by a News 3 viewer)
The Port of Virginia was closed to all inbound and outbound vessels at the entrance to the the Chesapeake Bay at 6 a.m. Saturday and was originally set to open at 11:59 p.m. Saturday. That restriction has been extended until 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.
Any requests to arrive or depart the port will be made on a case-by-case basis to be reviewed by the COTP with input from the Virginia or Maryland Pilots Association.
For a complete listing of all recommended storm preparations, facilities and vessel operators are strongly encouraged to review the Port of Hampton Roads Maritime Contingency Plan, Annex A, Tab C. This plan may be found on line under “Local Contingency Plans” at: http://homeport.uscg.mil/mycg/portal/ep/portDirectory.do?tabId=1&cotpId=26
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Due to morning high tide. we’re extending the parking hours at the York Street Garage and select parking lots to 6pm Sunday. As a reminder, you can also park at these lots:
* Pretlow Anchor Branch Library – 111 W. Ocean View Ave.
* Community Beach Park – 700 E. Ocean View Ave.
* Crossroads School – 8021 Old Ocean View Road
* Granby High School – 7101 Granby Street
* Norview High School – 6501 Chesapeake Blvd.
* Willard Model School – 1511 Willow Wood Drive
* Poplar Hall School – 5523 Pebble Lane