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Sunday coverage: Matthew moves out, flooding still an issue

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*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.

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Sunday’s First Warning Forecast: Matthew moving out but flood threat continues

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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.

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Photo sent in by Bonnie Mooney of flooding in the Rock Creek section of Virginia Beach. 

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Update from City of Virginia Beach:

 Driving
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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Pictures: Hurricane Matthew’s impact on Hampton Roads and NE North Carolina


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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

For life-threatening
emergencies, call 9-1-1

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Photo sent in by Katrina Palmer: Waypoint at Lynnhaven Apartments in Virginia Beach.

Pictures: Hurricane Matthew’s impact on Hampton Roads and NE North Carolina

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Here’s the latest Matthew update from meteorologist Myles Henderson.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Tropical Update

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.

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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.

Latest Updates:

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.

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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
— Weapons
— Pets
— Valuables

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.

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Norfolk, Virginia Beach declare states of emergency 

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A car went off the road and under water on Route 158 in Nags Head (Photo: Shawn O’Domski) 

View more pictures here.

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Man drowns while checking storm damage in Hampton 

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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.

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Visit WTKR.com/closings for more on the latest closings and delays

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Visit WTKR.com/closings for more on the latest closings and delays

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Update from City of Virginia Beach:

Hurricane Matthew Update at 3 p.m. in Virginia Beach
 
Power Outages: Reports of 67,000, down from 72,000 at noon. Contact Dominion to report power outages(866) 366-4357. Do not operate portable generators, grills (gas or charcoal) inside your home. Treat all downed power lines as live.
 
Signalized intersections throughout the city are without power. All intersections with non-functioning traffic lights and no posted signs or officers conducting traffic directions should be consider as 4-way stops. Vehicles must stop and evaluate safe passage and “right-of-way” opportunities.  
 
Road Conditions: Many roads are impassable and conditions are dangerous. Police are urging residents and visitors to stay off the roads. The city will update the list of road closures and other emergency information onhttp://www.VBgov.com, Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/CityofVaBeach) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/cityofvabeach).  List updated 2:42 p.m.
 
Emergency Shelter for Animals – If you must take advantage of the shelter at Cox High School and have a pet, the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center will be open overnight to accept pets at 341 S. Birdneck Road. If you can’t make it to the ACAC, bring the pet to the Cox High School shelter and a staff member will be there to accept your pet and transport it to the animal shelter. Bring any medications. There is no cost to board your animal in an emergency situation. When the Cox High School shelter closes, you must pick up the animal within 24 hours.
 
Shelter: An emergency shelter is open 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.).
 
These 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.).
 
Report Damage: With the declaration of local emergency, the city has opened the damage reporting form. Go to https://www.vbgov.com/stormupdate and click on the Property Damage Form tab. The information is used to reporting to the state and federal governments for potential individual assistance programs.
 
National Guard:  2 high water trucks, 3 Humvees and 2 debris removal teams are at work. 
                                 
Closings: All city parks, recreation centers, libraries, Virginia Aquarium and museums are closed today. The adoption center at the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center is also closed. Virginia Beach City Public Schools have cancelled the Teacher Work Day for tomorrow (Monday, Oct. 10).
 
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).
 
All non-emergency Police, Fire and EMS-related calls are being prioritized. Expect delays. 
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Current numbers of Dominion customers without power in Hampton Roads:

Norfolk:
  • ​99,202 
Virginia Beach 
  • ​​67,809

Portsmouth

  • ​7,099
Chesapeake
  • ​26,587
Suffolk 
  • ​8,019
Hampton
  • ​63,215
Newport News
  • ​​​11,603
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Hurricane Matthew Photo Galleries – Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

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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.

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Update from North Carolina:

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 9, 2016, 4:30 p.m.) – North Carolina’s electric cooperatives’ are making steady progress restoring power to cooperative members throughout central North Carolina, as well as southern, eastern and coastal communities.
 
Outages:
As of 4 p.m., the cooperatives are reporting 198,000 outages, down from an 11 a.m. peak of 270,000 outages.
 
Restoration efforts:
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.
 
Transmission: Many outages are transmission-based, and the electric cooperatives are working with transmission service providers to make sure those high-voltage service lines are restored as quickly as possible. When transmission outages are restored, the cooperatives will be able to re-energize affected substations and bring service back to a significant portion of cooperative members.
 
Safety:
·         Only use generators and charcoal grills in well-ventilated areas; a garage does not count as a well-ventilated area.
·         Never touch a downed power line, and remember that sometimes debris can cover fallen lines, making them difficult to spot.
Thank you:
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.
 
North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives collectively serve approximately 2.5 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties. Six electric cooperatives serve 16 North Carolina beaches, and many more serve hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in other parts of eastern North Carolina.
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Hurricane Matthew Photo Galleries – Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

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The City of Portsmouth will close the short-term emergency shelter at I.C. Norcom High School at 5 p.m. today.

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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
Camden County. 

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
telephone calls.

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Hurricane Matthew Photo Galleries – Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

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VDOT update:

Hurricane Matthew’s heavy rains soaked the Hampton Roads region, flooding urban and rural roads, while powerful winds toppled trees along interstates, in heavily populated localities and outlying rural areas.
 
Two trees fell across Eastbound Interstate 64 on the Peninsula and one continued to block eastbound travel in York County as of 5 p.m. Sunday.   Nearly a dozen trees went down along Interstates 264, 64 and 464, most in the Bowers Hill region, late Saturday evening.   VDOT crews worked aggressively throughout the night and into Sunday to clear roads and reopen main arteries, primary and most secondary roadways.
 
From the Maryland line to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, VDOT crews on the Eastern shore spent Sunday responding to flooded primary and secondary roads. Most primary roads, including Route 13, are passable but patches of standing water remain.
 
In Hampton Roads, high waters forced the closing of southbound travel over the James River Bridge on Saturday evening.  The closure lasted until late Sunday afternoon.  
 
Jamestown-Scotland Ferry Service was suspended during the height of the storm and full service was restored by 4 p.m. Sunday.
 
Widespread flooding was reported throughout the region, hitting the cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach particularly hard. Route 58 in the City of Franklin remains closed due to standing water. Numerous on and off-ramps to interstates were closed from Saturday evening through midday Sunday, but most have since reopened.  Route 460 in Isle of Wight County was closed for nearly nine hours due to impassable conditions.
 
Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne, visiting one hard hit area of Virginia Beach, called the effects of the storm “more severe than predicted,” and added Hampton Roads and Southeast Virginia were the hardest hit regions in the commonwealth.   Severe winds and water ponding on roadways, mixed with already saturated grounds created extreme challenges for crews.  But Layne said VDOT prepositioned crews on Friday and early Saturday which helped them get an early start on cleanup operations,
 
As the cleanup continues, motorists are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel.  Those who must travel areencouraged to use VDOT’s free travel tools:
 
·         Visit http://www.511virginia.org,
·         Call 511
·         Or listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM for the most current conditions and advisories.  Information is also available on Twitter@VaDOTHR
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Chesapeake Best Buy parking lot Sunday afternoon. More pics: http://via.wtkr.com/kNgEH

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Update from Governor Pat McCrory:
Governor Pat McCrory today asked motorists to continue driving cautiously on the state’s roads.
“The sun is out, but many roads are still flooded. Please use caution when driving,” said Governor McCrory.
The governor noted that rising waters caused one fatality early Sunday afternoon on U.S. 70 west of Kinston in the community of Falling Creek.
Many routes remain impassable in a number of areas, including Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Johnston, Brunswick and New Hanover counties. It may be Monday or even later in the week before crews from the N.C. Department of Transportation are able to assess the damage to every road.
Transportation crews have also noticed that some motorists have removed signs and barricades in order to drive on flooded roads.
“If you have to travel, do not drive through standing water, no matter what type of vehicle you drive,” said Drew Cox, district engineer for Bladen and Columbus counties. “Do not cross barricades, and follow marked detours.”
The department has also sent IMAP trucks from Johnston, Wake and Durham counties to help stranded motorists on I-95 outside Fayetteville. The trucks will dispense enough gas to help the drivers get to a gas station.
Motorists need to remember that flooded roads are hazardous. Turn around. don’t drown.
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Update from the City of Virginia Beach:

City Manager Dave Hansen issued a Declaration of Emergency for the City of Virginia Beach, effective 12:01 a.m. this morning. There have been no declarations at the state or federal levels.
Conservation Needed for Sanitary Sewer System: The public water supply continues to be safe to drink. However, the heavy rainfall and power outages caused by Hurricane Matthew have impacted the system’s ability to handle excessive waste water flows. Residents are urged to avoid unnecessary water use. Examples of this include postponing laundry and dish washing and refraining from flushing the toilet with every use. The Department of Public Utilities is working around the clock to fully restore sanitary sewer service. The public will be notified when to return to normal water use.
Power Outages: Reports of 57,747, down from 72,000 at noon. Contact Dominion to report power outages(866) 366-4357. Do not operate portable generators, grills (gas or charcoal) inside your home. Treat all downed power lines as live.
 
Signalized intersections: Around 170 intersections throughout the city are without power. As soon as power is restored, crews will be dispatched to reset the timing. All intersections with non-functioning traffic lights and no posted signs or officers conducting traffic directions should be considered as four-way stops. Vehicles must stop and evaluate safe passage and “right-of-way” opportunities.  
 
Road Conditions: Many roads are impassable and conditions are still dangerous. Police are urging residents and visitors to stay off the roads. The city will update the list of road closures and other emergency information on http://www.VBgov.com, Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/CityofVaBeach) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/cityofvabeach). 
 
  • 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.
 
Damage Assessments: We are just beginning the assessment process, collecting the information we need to submit to the state as it compiles all reports to determine whether we have met the threshold for a Federal Declaration.
 
Report Damage: Renters should start by calling the landlord. If the landlord can’t or won’t help, call the city Code Enforcement Office at (757) 385-4421 to come and inspect the property. Code Enforcement will then coordinate with the owner.
 
Homeowners should first contact their insurance companies. It’s possible one can make simple repairs without contacting the city. If the house needs structural or electrical repairs, permits may be required from the city Permits & Inspections Office. Call (757) 385-4211.
 
Finally, please go to https://www.vbgov.com/stormupdate and click on the Property Damage Form tab. The information is used to report to the state and federal governments for potential individual assistance programs.
 
Waste Collection: Residents should plan to adhere to the standard 4’X4’X4’ piles for yard waste debris, making sure to keep the debris out of drainage ditches to prevent damming water flow. To schedule bulky item collections of flood-damaged household goods that do not fit into the collection bins, please call (757) 385-4650 or complete the web form at http://www.vbgov.com/publicworks. Click on Waste Management in the left column, then Curbside Services link or Bulky Item Collection.
 
Shelter: The emergency shelter opened at 1 p.m. at Cox High School, 2425 Shorehaven Drive. We have reports of approximately 25 people there.
 
Emergency Shelter for Animals: If you must take advantage of the shelter at Cox High School and have a pet, the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center will be open overnight to accept pets – 341 S. Birdneck Road. If you can’t make it to the ACAC, bring the pet to the Cox High School Shelter and a staff member with AC Unit will be there to accept your pet and transport it to the animal shelter. Bring any medications. There is no cost to board your animal in an emergency situation. When the Cox High School shelter closes, you must pick up the animal within 24 hours.
 
National Guard: Two high water trucks, three Humvees and two debris removal teams are at work. 
 
Closings and delays: Masters of Illusion scheduled for tonight (Oct. 9) at Sandler Center for the Performing Arts has been postponed to a date to be determined. Virginia Beach City Public Schools have cancelled the Teacher Work Day for tomorrow (Monday, Oct. 10). Recreation centers will open at noon tomorrow (Monday, Oct. 10).
 
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).
 
Call 911 for emergencies and use 311 to report non-emergency issues or to seek additional information.
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Update: Chesapeake Regional Healthcare is currently operating as normal. All surgeries for Monday at the hospital are planned to occur as scheduled. However, The Surgery Center of Chesapeake is operating on a 1 1/2 hour delay and the Surgery Center at Virginia Beach has cancelled all cases for tomorrow due to power outage.
The Lifestyle Center will open at 8:00 a.m., but all classes are cancelled for Monday.
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Hurricane Matthew Update at 10 p.m. in Virginia Beach
 
Closings and delays: Recreation centers will open at 9 AM tomorrow (Monday, Oct. 10).
Municipal Center: Because of a power outage, only buildings 2 (Public Works, Information Technology, Planning and Community Development, Public Works), 11 (Police) and 30 (911 and 311) will be functional in the Municipal Center tomorrow. Personnel assigned to work in those buildings should report to work as normal.
 
The Treasurer’s Office in Building 1 of the Municipal Center and its other locations will all be closed tomorrow. As such, no shut-off notices will be processed tomorrow; no one who has received a notice of termination for non-payment will see any action taken tomorrow. When offices reopen, customers can make the necessary payment arrangements.
 
While personnel from offices in other Municipal Center buildings may be working from alternate locations, citizens should call ahead to find out whether an office is open. City department directors will determine whether personnel can work from another city office, work from home or make other arrangements. Offices that are functioning tomorrow may enact liberal leave for personnel who have issues associated with the weekend’s storm. Personnel already approved for leave will be charged for leave as scheduled. 
 
Virginia Beach City Public Schools have cancelled the Teacher Work Day for tomorrow (Monday, Oct. 10). Schools will already be closed for the Columbus Day holiday, as well as state offices and courts.
 
Signalized intersections: Around 149 intersections throughout the city are without power (down from 170 at 6:30 pm). As soon as power is restored, crews will be dispatched to reset the timing. With it getting dark, these intersections are even more dangerous. When you come to intersections with no signals, treat it as a four-way stop. To improve safety, avoid making left turns at these intersections. Proceed straight until you can safely turn around or come to a signalized intersection that has power.
Conservation Needed for Sanitary Sewer System: The public water supply continues to be safe to drink. However, the heavy rainfall and power outages caused by Hurricane Matthew have impacted the system’s ability to handle excessive waste water flows. Residents are urged to avoid unnecessary water use. Examples of this include postponing laundry and dish washing and refraining from flushing the toilet with every use. The Department of Public Utilities is working around the clock to fully restore sanitary sewer service. The public will be notified when to return to normal water use.
Power Outages: Reports of 55,000 customers without power, down from 72,000 at noon. Contact Dominion to report power outages (866) 366-4357. Do not operate portable generators, grills (gas or charcoal) inside your home. Treat all downed power lines as live.
 
Road Conditions: Many roads are impassable and conditions are still dangerous.
Police are urging residents and visitors to stay off the roads. The city will update the list of road closures and other emergency information on http://www.VBgov.com, Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/CityofVaBeach) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/cityofvabeach). 
 
  • 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
 
Disabled Vehicles: We have reports of approximately 200 abandoned vehicles from areas around the city. Disabled vehicles that are impeding traffic will be towed at the owners’ expense. Vehicle tow locations can be obtained through VB 311 (385-3111).
 
Damage Assessments: We are just beginning the assessment process, collecting the information we need to submit to the state as it compiles all reports to determine whether we have met the threshold for a Federal Declaration.
 
Report Damage: Renters should start by calling the landlord. If the landlord can’t or won’t help, call the city Code Enforcement Office at 385-4421 to come and inspect the property. Code Enforcement will then coordinate with the owner.
 
Homeowners should first contact their insurance companies. It’s possible one can make simple repairs without contacting the city. If the house needs structural or electrical repairs, permits may be required from the city Permits & Inspections Office. 757- 385-4211.
 
Please go to https://www.vbgov.com/stormupdate and click on the Property Damage Form tab. The information is used to report to the state and federal governments for potential individual assistance programs.
 
Waste Collection: Residents should plan to adhere to the standard 4’X4’X4’ piles for yard waste debris, making sure to keep the debris out of drainage ditches to prevent damming water flow. To schedule bulky item collections of flood-damaged household goods that do not fit into the collection bins, please call 757-385-4650 or complete the web form at http://www.vbgov.com/publicworks under Curbside Services Link and Bulky Item Collection tab.
 
Shelter: The emergency shelter opened at 1 p.m. at Cox High School, 2425 Shorehaven Drive. We have reports of approximately 25 people.
 
Emergency Shelter for Animals: If you must take advantage of the shelter at Cox High School and have a pet, the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center will be open overnight to accept pets – 341 S. Birdneck Rd. If you can’t make it to the ACAC, bring the pet to the Cox High School Shelter and a staff member with AC Unit will be there to accept your pet and transport it to the animal shelter. Bring any medications. There is no cost to board your animal in an emergency situation. When the Cox High School shelter closes, you must pick up the animal within 24 hours.
 
National Guard: Two high water trucks, three Humvees and two debris removal teams are at work. 
 
Call 911 for emergencies and use 311 to report non-emergency issues or to seek additional information.
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