*Scroll down for updates from Post-Tropical Cyclone Matthew for Sunday, October 9*
Heavy bands of rain continued early Sunday morning before rain tapered off in the afternoon.
Latest update from Dominion Power:
Right now we have about 275,000 customers without power at more than 1500 locations in Hampton Roads and northern North Carolina. People should prepare for a multi day restoration. We will not have accurate times of restoration until our crews are able to get better access to assess the damage. Please use our online outage map to report and track outages at http://www.dom.com/outageswww.ti It is accessible from your smart phones and tablets.
“Matthew” tracked further north than predicted combining with another weather system that turned it into an extra tropical event. That’s pushed the wind fields out well past the eye of the storm. Winds should subside around noon.
We have had a lot of water, no tidal flooding so far from storm surge, most of the flooding is due to rain and should recede quickly.
Our crews have been extremely limited in their ability to get to repair locations. Access should improve later in the day and we have extra crews available to help from out of the area.
The good news is the storm is receding and we have plenty of resources to help with power restoration. In the meantime, we appreciate everyone’s patience! Stay safe.
Photo sent in by Bonnie Mooney of flooding in the Rock Creek section of Virginia Beach.
Update from City of Virginia Beach:
conditions are hazardous due to Hurricane Matthew.
The City of Virginia Beach Public Safety Departments are requesting all
residents to refrain from driving. The roads are dangerous and flooded. There
are many trees with live electrical wires down in the water. As well as
abandoned and floating vehicles. Please stay off the roadways.
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City Manager Marcus D. Jones has declared a local state of emergency. The declaration allows the City to ask for state and federal resources and seek state and federal reimbursement if the cost of the storm reaches a certain threshold.
The City has opened a shelter if residents need a safe place to ride out the storm – Norview High School – 6501 Chesapeake Blvd. Entrance is on the left side of the building.
Residents who need transportation to the shelter should call (757) 441-5610.
Residents are asked to bring personal items, medications, sleeping bags, blankets and snacks.
Pets are welcome. Owners must bring pet carriers and food for their
pet. Owners must remain on-site with their pet at all times.
Citizens are asked to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. A majority of the 9-1-1 calls are from citizens stranded in flooded vehicles. Norfolk will experience flooding during the next several high tide cycles. Storm-related debris is also clogging streets. The same floodwaters may delay firefighters response to stranded drivers. Residents are also reporting additional property damage due to the wake caused by drivers plowing through flooded streets.
In addition to the York Street Parking Garage, the City has opened Freemason Street Garage, 161 West Freemason Street and Bank Street Garage, 441 Bank Street for free, dry parking. Do not keep valuables in vehicles. Residents must move their vehicles by noon on Monday, October 10th.
Slover Library and Pretlow
Library are closed today.
Important phone numbers:
To report downed trees,
call Norfolk non-emergency number (757) 441-5610
For power outages and
downed power lines, call Dominion Virginia Power 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357
emergencies, call 9-1-1
Photo sent in by Katrina Palmer: Waypoint at Lynnhaven Apartments in Virginia Beach.
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Portsmouth-based 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team prepare to assist local emergency response organizations with possible flood response operations October 9, 2016 in Portsmouth, Virginia.
Lake Cahoon Road in Suffolk. Photo sent in by News 3 viewer Jaclyn T.
Pictures: Hurricane Matthew’s impact on Hampton Roads and NE North Carolina
Update from Dominion Power:
In the aftermath, there are many locations with broken poles and cross arms and wire down from downed trees and branches. More than 392,000 customers have been impacted in Virginia and Northern NC since 4 pm on Saturday, the majority (327,000) in Hampton Roads Virginia and NC. 80k have been restored.
Our crews are out in force this morning, but they have been limited in their ability to get to repair locations due to flooded roads. Flooding is expected to recede quickly, and access should improve later in the day.
We expect restoration to take multiple days. Our focus today is on Critical Services, such as hospitals, 911 centers and water pumping stations.
Every available tree or line crew from unaffected areas are on the way to assist at this time. In addition, we are working with our peer utilities for mutual aid assistance to speed the restoration process.
We are working closely with local government and emergency responders to clear roads and make them safe to pass.
As conditions improve today we’ll deploy the necessary resources to provide damage assessments, with more help on the way, it may be a few days before all of the power can be restored, so we appreciate our customers’ patience as we work to safely gain access and make repairs.
In anticipation of the storm, our Hampton Roads Virginia and NC local offices were fully staffed on Saturday night with all crews and contractors coming in at 6am this morning. Additional crews from unaffected areas were mobilized overnight and are also on their way to assist at this time.
We cannot emphasize enough to stay away from downed wires and trees making contact with wires. Stay at least 30 feet away and report downed wires to 1.866.366.4357. Call Dominion right away at 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357) to speak with an agent to report the downed wire. Please be patient if the wait time is longer than usual – it’s very important for Dominion to know a wire is down.
Be sure to report your outage to us right away to help us with an efficient restoration. The quickest and easiest way is to report it on dom.com using your mobile device. You can also call us at 866-DOM-HELP.
Crews will assess all downed lines and repair, or make safe and mark with yellow marking tape for Dominion facilities or orange tape for other utilities. Please remember stay back from downed wires. If you encounter any that are not marked, please report them immediately to 866.366.4357.
If you have lost power, turn off major appliances like air conditioners, electric water heaters and stoves. Unplug other appliances such as TVs, stereos, microwaves and computers that are not surge-protected.
Avoid flooded or submerged areas. They may conceal downed lines.
Always follow safe operating procedures for generators. Never use them indoors.
WEATHER UPDATE: All schools & administrative offices will be closed Mon, 10/10. The professional learning day for staff is cancelled. (1/2)
— vbschools (@vbschools) October 9, 2016
Beginning at 1 p.m. today, the city will open Cox High School as an emergency shelter. (2/2)
— vbschools (@vbschools) October 9, 2016
Post-Tropical Cyclone Mathew continues moving away from NC coast. Strong winds and sound-side flooding continue on the Outer Banks. Matthew is centered about 100 miles east of Cape Hatteras and moving east at 15 mph. This general motion is expected to continue during the next day or so. On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will move farther offshore of the coast of the North Carolina Outer Banks today and tonight.
Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph with higher gusts. Gradual weakening is forecast during the next day or so, and the low is expected to be absorbed within a frontal boundary Monday night.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles, mainly to the southwest of the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 240 miles.
Local Emergency Declared in Virginia Beach
Due to widespread flooding throughout Virginia Beach, City Manager Dave Hansen declared a local state of emergency and the Emergency Operations Center is activated.
National Guard: Resources have been requested, including high water vehicles and debris reduction crews.
Closings: All city parks, recreation centers, libraries and the Virginia Aquarium are closed today. Virginia Beach City Public Schools has cancelled the Teacher Work Day for tomorrow (Monday, Oct. 10).
Road Conditions: Police are urging residents and visitors to stay off the roads. Many streets are flooded and some have downed trees and power lines. The city will update the list of road closures and other emergency information on http://www.VBgov.com, Facebook (www.facebook.com/CityofVaBeach) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/cityofvabeach).
Shelter: An emergency shelter will open at 1 p.m. at Cox High School, 2425 Shorehaven Drive
If you are going, bring enough supplies to last at least three days for each family member. That includes bottled water, canned or packaged food, a manual can opener and cooler, disposable plates, cups and utensils, portable flashlight and batteries, a battery-powered radio, folding chairs, change of clothing and shoes, cots, sleeping bags, blankets and pillows, quiet games, toys, books and cards, a first aid kit, medications, toiletries, glasses or contact lenses, hearing aids and dentures, ID cards, car keys, credit cards, cash special-diet foods, photocopies of important papers (i.e. insurance policies) and baby supplies (i.e. food/formula, diapers, etc.).
The following items are prohibited inside the shelter: smoking, alcohol, drugs, other illegal substances, pets (except assistance dogs), loud radios or televisions, matches, lighters and weapons of any kind (guns, knives, chains, etc.).
Disabled Vehicles – Disabled vehicles that are impeding traffic will be towed at the owners’ expense. Vehicle tow locations can be obtained through VB 311 (385-3111).
Without Power – Contact Dominion to report power outages at (866) 366-4357.
Do not operate portable generators, grills (gas or charcoal) inside your home. Treat all downed power lines as live.
All non-emergency Police, Fire and EMS-related calls are being prioritized. Expect delays.
The City of Portsmouth declared a local state of emergency at 8 a.m. today, Sunday, October 9th, as a result of the widespread impact of the Matthew storm system in the city.
The City of Portsmouth opened a short-term emergency shelter for residents at I.C.Norcom High School, 1801 London Blvd.
If residents choose to go to the shelter, they should bring:
— Bedding items (including pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, etc.)
— Extra clothing, shoes, eyeglasses, etc.
— Folding chairs or cots
— Personal hygiene supplies
— Flashlights and batteries
— Quiet games, books, and favorite toys
— Important papers
— Prescription medications
Residents must not bring:
— Alcohol or illegal contraband
Many Portsmouth streets are heavily flooded, with reports of downed trees and stranded/flooded vehicles.
Citizens are urged to stay out of the flood waters and to keep vehicles off of the roads. If you must travel, do not drive into flooded areas. Flood waters can quickly damage vehicles and cause immediate life safety risks.
City Parking Garages opened on Friday afternoon for residents to relocate their vehicles from flood-prone streets and these spaces are available free of charge in the County Street and Middle Street Parking Garages and as an alternative, the Water Street Garage.
Residents are urged to continue to maintain situational awareness, monitor the news media for weather reports and announcements, exercise extreme caution, and check on neighbors, family, and friends.
A car went off the road and under water on Route 158 in Nags Head (Photo: Shawn O’Domski)
Latest update from the City of Suffolk:
Emergency crews and first responders have been conducting preliminary damage assessments throughout the City since dawn. They are requesting that citizens remain off the roads to allow Public Works crews and emergency personnel the ability to access areas without issues.
The Suffolk Police Department is also coordinating the towing of abandoned vehicles left on roadways from stranded motorists.
The following listing of closed roadways may not be all inclusive, as conditions throughout the City and amounts of rainfall have varied, with an average of approximately 10.14”. Further, not all situations have been brought to the attention of Emergency Communications:
• 2400 block of Copeland Road
• Badger Road from Whitemarsh Road to Hosier Road
• 1500 block of Manning Road
• 4400 block of Driver Lane
• 900 block Murphys Mill Road
• Constance Road at Suffolk Hilton Garden Inn
• 800 block of Wilroy Road
• 2300 block of East Washington Street
• 4600 block OKelly Drive
• 5000 block Whaleyville Boulevard
• East Washington Street at train trestle
• 3000 block Indian Trail Road
• Carolina Road at Great Dismal Swamp turnoff near Cypress Chappell Road
• Manning Road from Manning Bridge Road
• Pughsville Road from Shoulders Hill Road to the City line
• 1000 block West Washington Street from Lipton Tea to bridge over Lake Meade
• 100 block Manning Road from Ronald Drive to Springfield Terrace
• 5000 block Mineral Spring Road
• 3100 block Desert Road
• Clay Hill Road
• 500 block Little Fork Road
• 2000 block Pittmantown Road
Additionally, the following roadways are currently passable but with restricted travel:
• Manning Bridge Road/Holland Road
• Nansemond Parkway/Bennetts Pasture Road – high water
• Nansemond Parkway/Wilroy Road – high water – slow travel
Dominion Virginia Power’s website notes 7981 customers currently without power in Suffolk, and Community Electric notes 554 customers currently without power.
CITY OFFICES CLOSED on Monday
Our highest priority is to ensure the safety and readiness of our citizens.
Citizens can contact the Suffolk Police Department non-emergency number at 923-2350 for storm-related questions, or 514-7600 for non-emergency roadway-related issues.
Update from City of Virginia Beach:
The Sentara BelleHarbour free-standing 24-hour emergency department on Route 17 in Suffolk will resume full operations and will be accepting patients at 4:30 p.m. today.
As of 4 p.m., the cooperatives are reporting 198,000 outages, down from an 11 a.m. peak of 270,000 outages.
Distribution: Impeded by overwashed roads, fallen trees, debris and flooding, cooperative line and tree crews have worked diligently to repair co-op distribution systems as safely and quickly as possible. The most impacted co-ops have been joined by 236 additional linemen from other North Carolina-based co-ops, as well as out-of-state co-ops. Together, these crews are navigating dangerous, complicated conditions before they can reach restoration points, and it is expected this effort will last several days if not longer.
The electric cooperatives thank cooperative members for their patience; getting your power back on is our priority, and we will get it done as safely and quickly as possible.
The City of Portsmouth will close the short-term emergency shelter at I.C. Norcom High School at 5 p.m. today.
Update from North Carolina:
Pasquotank County-Camden County-Elizabeth City Emergency Responders and utility personnel
continue their work to restore and provide emergency response to our community in the
aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. At approximately 11:00 p.m. All roads in Pasquotank and
Camden counties were impassable due to heavy rain and local flooding. During the evening and
morning hours our area sustained 52 mph winds with gusts up to 65 mph. Total area rainfall
was measured at 10.5 inches.
Emergency responders completed several evacuations of area
residents. These individuals and families were taken to the emergency shelter set up at the
Knobbs Creek Recreation Center. Approximately 60 persons spent the night at the shelter.
As of 2:30 p.m. today we have approximately 5,000 electric customers without power in
Pasquotank and Camden counties. Residents in Brays Estates subdivision, located north of
Elizabeth City, will not have power restored for at least another three days. We are assisting
with voluntary evacuation of Brays Estates in Pasquotank County and South Mills area in
Throughout surrounding areas power lines are down, including in flooded
places. We are cautioning residents to stay out of flood areas because these waters may have
electric current running through them and moving water can be dangerous to an attempting
motorist or pedestrian. Some roadways throughout the two-county area are covered with
debris or flooded.
Residents should use extreme caution when traversing these areas.
City and County staff and emergency crews will continue to function in emergency operations
mode for the next several days. The public is continually being updated using our CamdenPasquotank-Elizabeth
City Emergency Management Facebook page, and Special Needs Registry
Chesapeake Best Buy parking lot Sunday afternoon. More pics: http://via.wtkr.com/kNgEH
- If you must drive, please heed road closure and high water signs.
- SLOW DOWN – The wake from vehicles driving through flooded streets is pushing water into homes and businesses.
- If you must drive, please heed road closure and high water signs.
- SLOW DOWN – The wake from vehicles driving through flooded streets is pushing water into homes and businesses