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*Scroll down for updates from the aftermath of Post-Tropical Cyclone Matthew for Monday, October 10*

The remnants of Hurricane Matthew tore through Hampton Roads on Saturday night, bringing heavy rains and strong winds, and leaving behind massive flooding and major damage.

As of 3 p.m. Monday, over 70,000 remain without power in Hampton Roads and NE North Carolina and many area roads remain impassable due to flooding and debris. Power is expected to be fully restored by Thursday.

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

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DOMINION UPDATE: Nearly 132,000 (about 16%) of customers remain without power in Hampton Roads and northern North Carolina. 
More than 445,000 customers were impacted since 4 p.m. Saturday. Power to more than half of the customers has been restored. 

The biggest trouble spots are Virginia Beach, northern North Carolina, Chesapeake and Norfolk, where repairs must be made to broken poles, broken cross arms, and downed wire. 

Estimated times of restoration are expected by midday. 

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Check out all of the pictures from the storm!

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

https://localtvwtkr.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/mattvbo.jpg?quality=85&strip=all&w=770 (Photo from News 3 viewer Shannon)

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Check out all of the pictures from the storm!

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


(Photo from News 3 viewer Shannon)

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Many roads remain closed due to flooding or debris. Some cities have released lists of those affected roads.

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Many roads remain closed due to flooding or debris. Some cities have released lists of those affected roads.

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Many roads remain closed due to flooding or debris. Some cities have released lists of those affected roads.

We’ve compiled them here: First Warning Traffic – Monday road closures and road work


(Lake Cohoon Road in Suffolk)
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RED CROSS: The American Red Cross says more than 13,400 people in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Virginia woke up Sunday in 248 Red Cross and community evacuation shelters. 

The Red Cross will begin sending out response vehicles in the affected Norfolk areas early this week with water, snacks and clean up supplies for those cleaning up from the storms.

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North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory gives an update on Hurricane Matthew’s impacts: 
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Man dies from injuries after crash on I-64 in Chesapeake during Hurricane Matthew

Police say a 2012 Freightliner tractor trailer had stopped in the right lane due to a tree that had fallen into the roadway as a result of high winds from Hurricane Matthew. While the tractor trailer was stopped, a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado ran into the back of the truck.

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Update from Dominion Power: 

Dominion Virginia Power Makes Significant Progress, Restores 70 Percent of Customers Impacted by Hurricane Matthew                                                                                            

RICHMOND, Va. – Dominion Virginia and North Carolina Power crews made steady progress over the weekend, restoring power to more than 70 percent of the 462,000 customers impacted by Hurricane Matthew since 4 p.m. Saturday. As of 6 a.m. Monday, 136,600 customers remain without power at 3,600 work locations. 

The majority of those impacted are in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, where historic rainfall, high winds and saturated ground combined to cause extensive damage to roads, bridges and electrical infrastructure. Damage included broken poles, cross arms and downed wire in many locations. Extremely hazardous flooding conditions and high winds over the weekend made it too dangerous to use bucket trucks and hampered our ability to initially make repairs at hard-hit locations. 

Since the storm impacts lasted well into yesterday, today is our first full day of restoration. Our crews are out in force and will continue to focus on damage assessments and restoration to critical services such as 911 centers, water pumping stations and hospitals. There were 433 critical services affected by the storm and, as of this morning, 87 percent of them had been restored. 

We appreciate the patience of all of our customers as we work through this multi-day restoration effort. By mid-day today, we will have a projection of when storm restoration work will be complete for all customers. Once we have a more complete assessment of all damage, we will be able to provide individual estimated restoration times for customers.   

The company has more than 2,300 people working to restore power and that number will increase as we bring back 500 additional line workers onto our system from contractors returning from Florida. We also continue to work through our mutual assistance process with neighboring utilities.

We expect to have the vast majority of customers impacted in Richmond, Midlothian and Northern Neck areas back on today, and a remaining few by mid-day Tuesday. With the extensive damage in our Eastern Region, we expect restoration work there to take several days. 

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 is very important for Dominion to know a wire is down.

Be sure to report your outage 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. 

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The latest Hurricane Matthew briefing from North Carolina officials.

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Cherry Branch Ferry Operations
Remain Suspended

Neuse River water levels too high for safe operation

CHERRY
BRANCH –
 Despite
the return of calmer weather, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Cherry
Branch-Minnesott Beach ferry service remains suspended due to extremely high
water levels on the Neuse River in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Ferry Division
officials continue to monitor water levels and will conduct a test run once it
is safe to do so. Clearance must be issued by the U.S. Coast Guard before
operations can resume.

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The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Isle of Wight Co. and Suffolk. 

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About 1,500 people are stranded by floodwaters in Lumberton, North Carolina, Gov. Pat McCrory said. “We have people on roofs as we speak,” he said Monday morning. McCrory said the Federal Aviation Administration has ordered flight restrictions over the area so rescue helicopters can work

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From Jim Cherry with the Virginia Beach Water Department:

Virginia Beach is asking residents to restrict water use
after the storm.  The water is perfectly safe to drink but as a result of
power outages and the limited number of generators the Pump Stations are
stressed because all of the rainwater that has gotten into the sewer systems.
As a result the city is asking residents to curb the following usage:

–Reduce toilet flushing

Washing clothes

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From Jim Cherry with the Virginia Beach Water Department:

Virginia Beach is asking residents to restrict water use
after the storm.  The water is perfectly safe to drink but as a result of
power outages and the limited number of generators the Pump Stations are
stressed because all of the rainwater that has gotten into the sewer systems.
As a result the city is asking residents to curb the following usage:

–Reduce toilet flushing

Washing clothes

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From Currituck County Schools:

Currituck County Schools will be closed tomorrow, 10/11 to
students and 10 month employees (teachers) as most schools are still without
power and areas throughout the county are still flooded.   

11 and 12 month employees will report to work as able or
contact their supervisor to request leave.

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Update from Dominion Power:

More than 80% percent of the 462,000 customers who lost service due to the high winds and heavy rains from Hurricane Matthew have been restored. Crews are focused on restoring power to 106,000 customers who remain without service at approximately 3,300 work locations across Virginia and Northern North Carolina.

As of 3pm, in Hampton Roads, nearly 72,000 customers remain without power and 22,000 in Northern NC. All customers who can receive power at their home or business are expected to be restored by Thursday at 11 pm. The majority of customers are expected to be restored before then, and we encourage customers to continue to check the outage map at dom.com/outages where we will publish updates by locality as they become available through the day tomorrow.

Crews from our peer utilities are on the way from out of state, including Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania.

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Update from City of Virginia Beach:

Virginia Task Force 2 is returning to Virginia Beach after a four day deployment in response to Hurricane Matthew’s approach to the Florida coast. VA-TF 2 deployed in support of Hurricane Matthew on Thursday, October 6, 2016. After traveling over-night, the Taskforce arrived in Lake City, Florida on Friday morning October 7, 2016. The 80 person Taskforce awaited missions as the storm cleared the northern portion of Florida on Friday, October 7, 2016.

With no request from the State of Florida, VA-TF 2 was moved to Georgia on Saturday, October 8, 2016. The Taskforce arrived at Fort Stewart /Hunter Army Airforce Base in the late evening. After bunking overnight, the Taskforce was asked to perform reconnaissance on Tybee Island, GA. On Sunday morning, October 9th, the Taskforce married up with VA-TF 1 and traveled to the barrier island. After performing damage checks and verifying access points to the island, the Taskforce returned to the Base of Operation and awaited a mission.

On the afternoon of October 9, 2016, the State of Georgia released the Taskforce and the team awaited missions in South Carolina. On the morning of October 10, 2016, the Taskforce was demobilized by FEMA and traveled back to the point of departure, 927 S. Birdneck Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23451. The estimated time of arrival is 10:00 pm.

VA-TF 2 also deployed 12 members to support Hurricane Matthew by moving the East Coast Incident Support Team (IST) Cache to Marietta, GA and to staff key positions in the IST. Those 12 members are still deployed.

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Update from Dare County:

The latest update from Dare County shows that entry across the Wright Memorial Bridge will continue to be restricted on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. This is due to unsafe conditions caused by widespread flooding and power outages in the area following Hurricane Matthew.

Entry into Dare County and the Currituck OBX will be allowed for property owners, residents, and non-resident employees with a valid entry permit. No access for visitors will be allowed past the Wright Memorial Bridge.

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Highway 12 in Kitty Hawk facing southbound after Hurricane Matthew. (Photo taken by News 3 viewer Katina)
More pictures.

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All Great Clips locations in Hampton Roads are offering free shampoos to any residents who are still without power. This offer will be good until power is restored to all homes. 

To minimize your wait in the salon, check-in with the mobile Great Clips Check-In App or at greatclips.com.

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More closing information here. 

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Update from Suffolk:


Waters continue
to recede and many previously closed roadways have reopened, however, there are
still a number of roadways that remain closed, as follows:

·        
6800
– 6900 block Gates Road

·        
Camp
Pond Road from Gates Road

·        
3200-3400
block Desert Road

·        
7000
block Corinth Chapel Road

·        
200
block Dutch Road

·        
Kings
Fork Road from Lake Meade Drive

·        
1200
block Blythewood Lane

·        
2400
block Copeland Road

·        
Badger
Road from Whitemarsh Road to Hosier Road

·        
Manning
Bridge Road to Manning Road

·        
3100
block Desert Road from Clay Hill Road

·        
Clay
Hill Road

·        
2014
block Pittmantown Road

·        
8800
block Hosier Road

·        
Lake
Cohoon Road/N. Joyner Court

 

The
following roadways remain restricted:

 

·        
5000
block Mineral Spring Road

·        
2500
block Airport Road

·        
900
block Murphys Mill Road from Pitchkettle Road to bridge over Lake Meade

·        
Carolina
Road – impassable at Dismal Swamp turnoff

·        
4400
block Girl Scout Road

·        
1500
block Manning Road

·        
800
block Freeman Mill Road

·        
4800
block Deer Path Road

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Update from the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office: After the Storm….Fraud Prevention and Safety 

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