NORFOLK -- Strong winds, hail and isolated tornadoes are expected across Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina Thursday.
Many parts of the region were under a tornado watch for part of the day and by late afternoon, Bertie Chowan, Currituck, and Washington Counties in North Carolina were under a tornado warning. Virginia Beach was also issued a tornado warning.
13News Meteorologist Craig Moeller said the approaching cold front was expected to create strong to severe storms in the afternoon.
Once the cold front clears the area this evening, the storms will exit to the east and skies will clear out, he says.
Several 13News viewers have e-mailed photo of flooding in the Pungo area that has apparently been caused by strong winds.
Va. Beach Public Works spokesman Drew Lankford told WVEC.com that flooding in that area is often caused by strong winds from the south pushing the water from Back Bay up to a higher-than-normal tide.
In Norfolk, residents are encouraged to sign up for emergency alert notifications. The city doesn’t have sirens, but officials will send emails, text messages or phone warnings in emergencies. So far, only 1,500 people have signed. If you want to be on the list, sign up on the City of Norfolk Website.
The Red Cross of Southeastern Virginia has disaster teams on standby should the storms create big problems.
"Until the next storm hits, we won’t know what resources will be required, but we are on alert to dispatch our response teams," said spokesman Rob Shapiro. The Red Cross continues to helping victims of the April 16 tornadoes in Gloucester, Isle of Wight and James City County, providing funding for food, clothing and lodging as well as expenses for two funerals.
Storm-related road closures:
Va. Beach: As of 3:00 p.m., one lane of Sandbridge Road is closed at the intersection of Newbridge Road. Police report that winds have caused high waters over the roadway. Gates to Dam Neck Road are opened for residents of Sandrbridge. Residents attempting to leave Sandbridge will be directed to back gates.