Storms knock out power, flood parts of Hampton Roads, bring lightning strike

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WVEC.com

Posted on June 22, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 10 at 12:51 PM

HAMPTON ROADS -- Severe thunderstorms rolled through Hampton Roads late Friday afternoon.

Some areas experienced flooding.  VDOT even shut down the HOV reversible lanes because of pooling.

In Portsmouth, the I-264 on and off ramps at Effingham and Frederick were closed because of standing water on city streets.

WVEC's tower was hit by lightning, knocking out power to the main television studio so the anchors read the 5:00 and 5:30 newscast from the newsroom.

At about 5:45, Dominion Virginia Power reported 1,280 people without power in the Gloucester/Northern Neck area and overall in the Southeastern Virginia area, nearly 7,000 had no electricity.

A fire was reported in Chesapeake and fire officials say it was caused by a lightning strike.  The fire was in the attic of the home in the 2800 block of Pit Saw Lane in Sawyer's Mill. A family of three has been displaced.




 

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