Team coverage of flooding, damage from coastal storm

VIRGINIA/NORTH CAROLINA (WVEC) -- Many areas of Virginia and North Carolina saw a lot of rain, flooding and damage Tuesday, thanks to a coastal storm that hit overnight. 

13News Now had complete team coverage when the storm slammed into Hampton Roads.

Virginia Beach with 13News Now Ali Weatherton


In Virginia Beach, boat owners and sellers prepared for the storm by securing their boats at a local marina.

Chris Beardsley works for Annapolis Yacht Sales. On Tuesday afternoon, it was all businesses as he secured a brand new boat that's for sale.

"You want to make sure you have lines tight so that they are going to keep the boat off of the dock so it's not rubbing off the corners and it's not going to move forward and back so the cover is nice and tight so it won't get into the cockpit area," Beardsley said.

Beardsley did all he could to make sure the boat can withstand the possible high winds and not get damaged.

"If it would bump into the dock," he explained. "It could cause some pretty expensive damage."

Beardsley plans to come back to the marina Wednesday morning to check on the boat.

He is hoping it's in the same condition as he saw it before the storm.

Chesapeake with 13News Now Laura Geller


In the Great Bridge area of Chesapeake residents and workers spent the day fearing flooding. At high tide the water near the bridge overtook the concrete barrier setup to hold it in. Almost an hour later, the water was still several feet beyond the bank.

For many people, weather like Tuesday’s storm reminds them of severe situations, which left them cleaning up and recovering for quite some time.

A photo from the Nor’Easter of 2009 shows the area underwater. The street signs are the only indication there’s even a road underneath the water.

Julia Haddox, who works at Kelly’s Tavern in Great Bridge feared a repeat of that situation.

“It’s going to damage the building as well as everything out here,” she worried. “So we would have to get a lot of new stuff, get people in here to clean everything and rebuild mostly.”

Emergency management officials said there was some ponding on the roads during the heaviest rainfall. Luckily, despite some localized flooding, the employees at Kelly’s Tavern were able to keep the business open, at least until the next storm.

Surry County with 13News Now Niko Clemmons

High tides Tuesday afternoon had the potential of halting the ferry, an important way of getting between Jamestown and Surry County.

Fortunately, that was not the case Tuesday afternoon.

VDOT crew were monitoring conditions along the Jamestown Scotland Ferry all day.

Officials say when tidal levels get to 4.5 feet above Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW), two of their four vessels can no longer operate, as they can’t fit under the ramps. At 5 feet MLLW none of the vessels can fit under the ramps.

Oceanfront with 13News Now Jaclyn Lee

In the wake of a storm moving through Hampton Roads, visitors at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront were not deterred.

Throughout the day Tuesday, families lined the beach and walked down the boardwalk, despite warnings that heavy wind and rain would pummel the coast.

"we're actually pretty excited about that because I want to see the storm on the water," said Jennifer Byrd, visiting from Alston, Pa.

Beach Pier Gift Shop, located on the Oceanfront Pier, said it benefits from bad weather.

"We have a lot of people who want to come down in the storm, said Assistant Manager Peg Hines. "They want to be down here to see the waves, see the water."

Hines said when it starts raining, visitors discover the store when trying to take cover.

When 13News Now asked what she expected for the rest of the day, she said, "People coming in and out, checking on the weather, enjoying the view, we have one of the best views on the beach."

Outer Banks with 13News Now Chenue Her


Dare County Emergency Management officials never stopped working Tuesday, even as the storm passing through the Outer Banks seemed to let up a little bit.

"The National Weather Service said at 11 o'clock that it's probably not going to develop into a tropical storm but it's still a weather system and it's bringing winds and rain, especially to the southside of Dare County," said Drew Pearson with Dare County Emergency Management.

The Outer Banks have seen weather on opposite ends of the spectrum in a 24 hour span, from winds ripping through to rain hammering the roads and beaches. At one point, it was even sunny for several hours.

But, Monday's conditions were enough to prompt a red flag warning at beaches in Nags Head that'll last all week.

Norfolk with 13News Now Robert Boyd

 


It was difficult to determine where The Hague ended and the streets began in Downtown Norfolk Tuesday.

Some drivers managed to splash through, while others chose to turn around or get stuck. The water was knee deep on the streets outside the Chrysler Museum of Art.

"People driving through water, doesn't make any sense, it's higher than your bumper, why are you going to go through it," said tow truck driver John Heylek.

The museum closed at 2 p.m. to make sure everyone got out before they were trapped. Employee Kimberly Gant wasted no time grabbing her umbrella.

"I think it's better safe than sorry in terms of just making it easier for visitors and for staff to get home," said Gant.

She said it's some of the worst flooding she has seen in the area.

"It's just been raining all day," said Gant.

However, visitors were a little bummed. The Mullican family is vacationing from of state.

"Well we've been wanting to see the museum for a while but hopefully we can come back tomorrow," said Lyle Mullican.

They were left sitting in their car wondering how to get back to their hotel.

"Hopefully Google will give us the directions to get around the worst of it," said Mullican.

Even people from Norfolk were a little surprised how far up the water came.

"Honestly I was not expecting it to be this bad," said Sandra Catley.

Catley said just walking home from work has been a challenge.

"All the streets are flooded so I'm trying to find a way around," said Catley.

Then there are those who decided to have some fun, almost like a day at the beach.

"Why not go swimming, its a nice day," said Cahtherine Boyd of Norfolk.

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