Photos: Rain floods streets across Hampton Roads

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 5:50 AM

Updated Friday, May 16 at 12:53 PM

11:15 a.m. UPDATE: The lights are back on in Chesapeake from two large outages that affected 3,000 customers in the Great Bridge area and another 1,300 customers in the Grassfield area off Cedar Road.
Crews continue working to restore power at scattered locations; Dominion Power hopes to have most service back on by noon as the storm moves out.

In downtown Portsmouth, High Street is flooded and the water was threatening businesses in the area.

Norfolk saw more than its fair share of flooding as underpasses flooding and many parts of the city were under water for several hours.  Many cars got struck trying to pass through the high water. Emergency crews were working to get to those people in a safe manner.

“The water needs to recede to get folks at a comfortable level and we’re not there yet,” City spokeswoman Lori Crouch said around 10:50 a.m.
One place where flooding didn't happen was along The Hague.
"The recent work that we did on Brambleton Avenue to improve conditions near the Colley Avenue intersection and to raise the road .., it was nice to see that there was not really any water on the road."  

In Chesapeake, the rain had all but stopped by 10:45 a.m.  Ponding water and low-lying areas are flooding. Officials will be watching when the high tide at Money Point hits around 11:30 a.m.

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NORFOLK -- It's a rainy start to Friday and a flood advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. because of the heavy downpours.

Power outages are reported across the ABC13 viewing area and flooding in low-lying areas and underpasses is creating traffic troubles for the morning commute.

Dominion Power spokeswoman Bonita Billingsley Harris says the biggest problem, as of 8:30 a.m., is in Chesapeake, where a damaged piece of equipment near Battlefield Boulevard and Kempsville Road cut power to about 3,000 customers. About 1,000 customers remain without power.  

Give yourself some extra time to get where you're doing as the roads could be slippery and there could be ponding on some streets.

There's still the potential for a few storms through Friday afternoon and it will be a breezy. Expect winds from the southwest at 10-18 MPH and afternoon temperatures in the lower 70s.

While most areas will deal with periods of rain, there could also be a few storms in the mix capable of producing gusty winds. 

The good news -- lingering showers should be exiting the coast by this afternoon and the weekend looks good with more sunshine, lower humidity, and cooler temperatures.

Check the forecast 24/27 in the WVEC.com Weather Center
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