September 22, 2020

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Isaias live updates: Storm damage throughout Eastern Virginia, thousands still without power

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Storm damage and power outages have been reported throughout the region as a result of Tropical Storm Isaias, which moved through Hampton Roads Tuesday morning.

There is extensive damage in the Western Tidewater areas of Suffolk and Courtland and in northeast North Carolina, where at least two people have died after a tornado touched down in Bertie County.

Gallery: Storm damage from tropical storm Isaias

Power outages: Check power outages in your area


Live updates below:

  • 9 a.m. — The Eastern Shore Community College says some student services may be affected Wednesday due to power issues in its main building.
  • 8:55 a.m.. Most Virginia Beach facilities will reopen at their regular times and services will resume Wednesday. Waste Management will collect Tuesday’s route on Wednesday; if crews cannot reach all properties, they will complete the route on Thursday. 

These facilities will have delayed openings until 1 p.m. Wednesday:

Department of Human Services – 3432 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Planning and Community Development – 2875 Sabre St.
Great Neck Recreation Center
Great Neck LibraryRestrooms at Kid’s Cove in Mount Trashmore are without power
Bldg. 23 in Municipal Center

Munden Point Park, 2001 Pefley Ln., will be closed all day.

  • 8:50 a.m. — Hampton City Schools offices and administrative offices are closed to the public due to power outages in the area. In-person appointments will be rescheduled.
  • 7:50 a.m. — Nearly 90,000 people are still without power Wednesday morning in southeast Virginia and northeast North Carolina/Outer Banks after tropical storm Isaias.
  • Chesapeake 8,867
  • Hampton 12,827
  • Isle Of Wight 1,865
  • James City 214
  • Newport News 16,098
  • Norfolk 3,595 
  • Poquoson City 352
  • Portsmouth 7,741
  • Suffolk 7,275
  • Surry 111 
  • Virginia Beach 21,414 
  • Williamsburg 12
  • York 991
  • 7:35 a.m. Wednesday — At least 6 people were killed on the East Coast by tropical storm Isaias, including two people in Bertie County, North Carolina. No fatalities in Virginia have been reported. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is expected to survey to the damage in Bertie on Wednesday morning.
  • 10:30 p.m. — Dominion is gradually returning power to customers in southeastern Virginia:
    • Chesapeake 17,908 
    • Hampton 13,684 
    • Isle Of Wight 1,833 
    • James City 282
    • Newport News 18,207 
    • Norfolk 5,186 
    • Poquoson City 438 
    • Portsmouth 10,262 
    • Suffolk 10,144 
    • Surry 111 
    • Virginia Beach 33,861 
    • Williamsburg 82 
    • York 1,040 
  • 9 p.m. — Here are the local outage numbers, per the latest update from Dominion Energy:
    • Chesapeake 19,306 
    • Hampton 14,557 
    • Isle Of Wight 1,835 
    • James City 818 
    • Newport News 21,909 
    • Norfolk 5,325 
    • Poquoson City 367 
    • Portsmouth 10,288 
    • Suffolk 10,124 
    • Surry 111
    • Virginia Beach 39,404 
    • Williamsburg 82 
    • York 1,037 
  • 7:50 p.m. — The National Weather Service Wakefield says a tornado that touched down Tuesday in Courtland left damage “consistent with that of an EF-2” tornado. It touched down southeast of Courtland and lifted just north of Sebrell and was active from 2:49 to 3:19 a.m. Its peak winds were 120-125 mph and its path extended 15.9 miles.
  • 7:20 p.m. — Dominion Energy says it’s restored power to about 62 percent of the 508,000 customers in Virginia and North Carolina that lost power due to Isaias. In that region, about 192,000 customers didn’t have power. Dominion says Isaias was the 10th-largest and most damaging storm in Dominion’s history of service.
  • 7:10 p.m. — The U.S. Coast Guard gave the Port of Virginia permission to reopen to all vessel traffic Tuesday evening.
  • 5 p.m. — Bertie County Sheriff John Holley confirmed two people — a man and woman — were found in debris after a tornado ripped through the Windsor area. Two children reported missing earlier in the day were also found safe. The county said the search-and-rescue mission in Cedar Land Tuesday has changed to a recovery mission as of 5 p.m.
  • 4:30 p.m. — Hampton officials say 911 dispatchers received 335 between midnight and soon Tuesday as Isaias moved through the area. Public Works crews were working to remove debris around the city from roads, cars, houses and power lines. As if 3 p.m., a third of the city was still without power. Officials expect debris in the road to be mostly cleared by the end of Thursday, but residential debris could be there for more than a week.
  • 4:30 p.m. — Dominion Energy reports 155,142 without power in southeastern Virginia
    • Chesapeake 25,342
    • Hampton 17,300
    • Isle Of Wight 2,644
    • James City 915
    • Newport News 22,725
    • Norfolk 7,768
    • Poquoson City 966
    • Portsmouth 14,189
    • Suffolk 15,598
    • Surry 110
    • Virginia Beach 44,959
    • Williamsburg 518
    • York 2,108
  • 3:30 p.m. — Dominion Energy says more than 184,000 customers are still without power in southeastern Virginia.
    • Chesapeake 32,867 
    • Hampton 20,216 
    • Isle Of Wight 2,644 
    • James City 5,828 
    • Newport News 22,923
    • Norfolk 11,141 
    • Poquoson City 3,152 
    • Portsmouth 14,381 
    • Suffolk 15,570 
    • Surry 110 
    • Virginia Beach 51,086 
    • Williamsburg 517 
    • York 4,216 
  • 2:30 p.m. — A tornado touched down in the Governor’s Land area of James City County on Tuesday, causing multiple trees to fall but no reported injuries.The tornado was one of several reported throughout the region due to tropical storm Isaias. Other local spots hit were Courtland, Suffolk and Gloucester County in Virginia, and Bertie County in North Carolina, where at least two people were killed by two tornadoes. No fatalities due to Isaias had been reported in Virginia as of Tuesday afternoon.
  • 1 p.m. — More than 200,000 people were still without power across Southeast Virginia and the Outer Banks/northeast North Carolina as of 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dominion Energy’s outage map shows, including 52,000 people in Virginia Beach.
  • 12:45 p.m. — Rescue missions are still underway in Bertie County, North Carolina, after Tuesday morning’s tornadoes.
  • 9:59 a.m. — The Virginia Beach Police Department is closing Sandbridge Road and working with the U.S. Navy to open up the Dam Neck base to traffic from Sandbridge. Flooding there is “awful,” a resident told 10 On Your Side.
No one was hurt when a tree fell onto a home off Lexington Avenue in Suffolk. The owner told WAVY’s Aesia Toliver he just bought the house.
  • 8:52 p.m. — Route 58 in Courtland is still shut down after damage was reported throughout the area.
  • 8:11 a.m. from the Outer Banks
  • 8:05 a.m. — A large tree fell in Newport News on Tuesday morning, going away from a house there.
  • 7:50 a.m. — Officials in Bertie County, North Carolina, have confirmed reports of a tornado touching down in the Morning Road area of Windsor, and Gov. Roy Cooper said there is a search and rescue team in Bertie County. “We’ve had a number of tornadoes. I’m not sure of the count yet. Up in the northeastern part of the state in Bertie County we know we have at least one fatality, a number of people injured as a tornado hit a mobile home park.”
  • 7:20 a.m. — Route 58 in closed in both directions in Courtland due to storm damage, and damage is reported throughout the area.
  • More than 100,000 Dominion Energy customers are without power across Tidewater and North Carolina. Check the power outage map here.
  • 6:15 a.m. A large tree is blocking part of eastbound I-264 by Victory Blvd. in Portsmouth.
  • 6 a.m. WAVY’s Kiahnna Patterson reports from Suffolk, where damage has been reported around the city. An emergency shelter has been opened in Suffolk. It’s ADA compliant and generator powered for people who need electricity for medical reasons.
  • 5:50 a.m. — Damage is reported throughout Southampton County, including at the Route 58 7-Eleven. (Photo: Krystal Boswell)
Damage is reported throughout Southampton County, including at the Route 58 7-Eleven. (Photo: Krystal Boswell)
  • 5:45 a.m. — Tornado warnings have been canceled around the area, but the main winds from Isaias are still on the way.
  • 5:42 a.m. — The Port of Virginia has been closed until further notice.
  • 5:23 a.m. — Trees and power lines are down on Culloden Street in Suffolk, where neighbors say they heard what sounded like a train and swirling wind around 3 a.m. WAVY’s Kiahnna Patterson is in Suffolk and will have continued live coverage throughout the morning on WAVY News 10 Today. Follow Kiahhna on Twitter for more live updates.
  • 5:02 a.m. — More than 42,000 Dominion Energy customers are without power across the region as tropical storm Isaias moves in. Check the power outage map here.
  • 5 a.m. — WAVY’s Kiahnna Patterson is in Suffolk to review storm damage from Isaias. Damage has been reported around the downtown and Riverview areas. The Courtland Volunteer Fire Dept. in Southampton County also reports a possible tornado touched down.
  • 4:48 a.m. — The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is closed to due current weather conditions.
  • 4:50 a.m. — Damage has been reported across Hampton Roads from the outer bands of tropical storm Isaias, with trees down in Courtland, Suffolk, Newport News and more. The photos below are from Southampton County.
  • 4:42 a.m. The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office says tree have started to fall in Yorktown and a tree is down in the 1300 block of Cook Road. A vehicle ran into the tree and crews are currently at the scene to help.
  • 4:40 a.m. More than 17,000 Dominion Energy customers are without power across the region as tropical storm Isaias moves in. Check the power outage map here.

The following localities have issued a state of emergency:

Some city services, such as trash collection, are suspended Tuesday due to Isaias.

As far as area transportation, the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel will stay open under VDOT’s current plans.

The I-64 Express Lanes (reversible lanes) between I-264 and I-564 in Norfolk will be closed as of 8 p.m. Monday and will remain closed until high winds subside

HRT announced that ferry service between Norfolk and Portsmouth will be suspended Tuesday night beginning at 8 p.m. A bus bridge will provide service between Waterside Drive in Norfolk and Water Street in Portsmouth.

The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry will also stop operations at midnight Monday until hurricane conditions are over. The last ferry will leave the Scotland terminal at 11 p.m. and leave Jamestown at 11:30 p.m.

If you have plans to fly in or out of Norfolk International Airport, check on the status of the flight before you leave home.