Accidents, tree down caused by moring rain, wind

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by 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 7:19 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 6:13 PM

NORFOLK - It was a rainy, windy start to Friday across Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina.

13News Meteorologist Craig Moeller says wind gusts reached 35-40 mph near the coast and into northeast North Carolina.  

The stormy weather caused trouble for the morning commute with accidents.  On I-64 in Hampton, a tractor-trailer heading east jack-knifed and hit the jersey wall around 5:30 a.m. That forced two lanes in both directions to be closed for the clean-up.  

There was debris in the roadway from the rig and the wall, State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Anaya told WVEC.com, and the vehicle was blocking part of the roadway.

All lanes reopened around 9:25 a.m.

Drivers were urged to slow down, keep a safe distance behind the car in front of you and leave early in case there are accidents or flooded areas on your route.

In Va. Beach, the wind and rain combination was too much for a tree that fell into Leah Tennant's yard.

"I'm feeling very fortunate that no one was hurt. My teenager was sleeping 15 feet from where it fell," she said.

Tennant said the tree landed on the fence, hit her garage and the fallen branches just missed the hood of the car.

NC12 in Dare County was closed at Oregon Inlet for about two hours because as much as two feet of water covered the roadway in the Mirlo Beach area. 

The storm was kicking up the waves. There's a high surf advisory until 4:00 p.m. The National Weather Service says waves up to 10 feet will likely cause erosion and rip currents.

Check the forecast any time on the WVEC.com Weather page.

Check the traffic before you go out with the WVEC.com live traffic cameras.

 

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