Coastal flood warning in effect, some school divisions closed, others delayed Monday

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Coastal flood warning in effect for some areas of Peninsula Monday.

4:30 p.m., Oct. 5

Reports from Hampton City Hall indicate fewer roads are closed for this afternoon's high tide than on Sunday.

The Hampton Police Department posted to social media that water was receding just 30 minutes after high tide. At its peak flood waters rose to 5.4 feet, police said on Twitter. 

Police continue to encourage caution while driving though. Sixteen roads remain closed due to flooding.

3 p.m., Oct. 5

York County officials said residents living in low-lying tidal areas can continue to park in two designated areas through Monday.

The areas include: Kiln Creek Park, 2901 Kiln Creek Parkway, and McReynolds Athletic Complex, formerly the York County Sports Complex at 412 Sports Way.

Owners are asked to remove their vehicles from these lots on Tuesday, October 6, said a statement from the county.

2:45 p.m., Oct. 5

Water levels are already on the rise and high tide Monday is around 4 p.m.

Here is a list from the Hampton Police Department of roads that are already closed due to high water:

Beach Road from Dandy Point to Grandview

Syms Steet at Center Street

Pembroke Avenue at River Street

Harbor Drive at Chincoteaugue Drive to Pochin Place

Buckroe Avenue at Benthall Road -- which police said is passable, but warn that water is rising.

Previously 2:15 p.m., Oct 5

The York County School Division just posted a message on social media saying it may implement contingency bus routes for students who live in the low-lying areas of Dandy and Seaford.

No decision has been made yet, so check back for updates.

The contingency plan would have students delivered to Seaford Elementary School, if the bus cannot reach impacted bus stops. Students will be supervised by division staff until a parent can pick them up or until a bus can deliver them to their normal bus stop, according to the message posted to Facebook, and shared via Connect 5, the division's rapid notification system.

If this is necessary, affected parents will be contacted by phone the school division said. This would only affect students who attend York High School, York Middle and Seaford Elementary.

Previous story, 11:26 a.m., Oct. 5

Dominion Virginia Power is reporting 412 power outages in all of southeastern Virginia and 11 on the Middle Peninsula at the current time. The majority of the southeastern ones are 268 customers in one section of Norfolk, according to Dominion's outage map.

Previous story, 11:03 a.m., Oct. 5

Poquoson City Public Schools has requested that residents remove vehicles parked at schools facilities, especially in travel lanes, to allow for bus access, according to a statement from Poquoson City officials.

Previous story, 10:30 a.m., Oct. 5

The Jamestown Scotland Ferry is running at full capacity now, according to VDOT officials.

Previous story, 10:18 a.m., Oct. 5

The Messick Point floating dock is closed until further notice due to storm damage, according to a statement from city of Poquoson officials.

Previous story, 9:31 a.m., Oct. 5

An updated list of roads that currently remain closed in Hampton due to flooding, according to the Hampton Police Division:

Beach Road between Grundland Drive and Willow Road

W. Gilbert Street and Eagle Point Road

Syms Streeet and Center Street

Bridge Street and Rudd Lane

5th Street and Benthall Road

Armistead Avenue and Freeman Drive

Habor Drive/Chincoteague Drive/Pochin Place

Preston Street and Hampshire Drive

Kecoughtan Road and Clyde Street

Previous story, 8:57 a.m., Oct. 5

The Jamestown Scotland Ferry will be operating at a reduced capacity due to inclement weather until further notice, according to VDOT officials.

Previous story, 8:10 a.m, Oct. 5

According to VDOT, the I-64 westbound exit ramp the 15th View in Norfolk has reopened to traffic.

Previous story, 7:45 a.m., Oct. 5

The following I-64 ramps have reopened to traffic, according to VDOT:

264 EB exit ramp to Tidewater Drive

264 WB exit ramp to City Hall Avenue

264 WB City Hall ramp to Tidewater Drive

The following ramps are closed:

64 WB exit ramp the 15th View closed due to high water

264 EB exit ramp to Tidewater Drive closed due to high water

264 WB exit ramp to City Hall Avenue closed due to high water

264 WB City Hall ramp to Tidewater Drive closed due to high water.

The 64 WB ramp to 4th View has reopened.

Previous story, 6:58 a.m., Oct. 5

UPDATE: Poquoson City Public Schools will be closed Monday, Oct. 5. All after school and school-related activities are canceled. Essential personnel only are to report on time.

Previous story, 6:25 a.m., Oct. 5

Tidal flooding continues to be a problem locally and could cause delays with the Monday morning commute.

High tide occurred at approximately 4 a.m. Monday morning, reaching 5.3 feet for a moderate level in Yorktown and the moderate level at Sewells Point at well, according to Matt Scalora, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wakefield.

High tide for Monday afternoon is expected between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., with Yorktown expected to be at moderate to major levels and Sewells Point expected to be at moderate flooding levels.

The Peninsula area will still have moderate flooding levels Monday, and then Tuesday will start transitioning more to minor-level flooding, Scalora said. Some areas could still have close to moderate level flooding on Tuesday morning.

Monday’s forecast calls for a 20 to 30 percent chance of rain, mainly in the morning. There will be patchy drizzle as well, and high temperatures around 70 degrees.

“It’s drying out; the temperature is still below normal today,” Scalora said. “The rest of week, the next few days after today, should be dry.”

As of 5:15 a.m., service was temporarily suspended at the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry due to high tides. Service will be restored as soon as the waters recede, allowing ramps to be safely secured for loading vehicles, according to VDOT officials.

Motorists are advised to use the Route 17 James River Bridge as an alternate route.

Previous story: 6 a.m., Oct. 5

UPDATE: Gloucester County Public Schools will be closed Monday, Oct. 5, for all students, teachers, 10 and 11 month employees. 12 month employees are to report at 10 a.m. Code 2.

The following I-64 ramps in Norfolk are closed, according to VODT:

 64 WB exit ramp the 15th View closed due to high water

264 EB exit ramp to Tidewater Drive closed due to high water

264 WB exit ramp to City Hall Avenue closed due to high water

264 WB City Hall ramp to Tidewater Drive closed due to high water.

The 64 WB ramp to 4th View has reopened.

Previous story, 11 p.m. Oct. 5:

Service has resumed for the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry, although officials noted that high tide could continue to interrupt service.

Previous story, 9:18 p.m. Oct. 4:

In Gloucester, Achilles Elementary School will be closed tomorrow. All other schools are operating as usual.

Some specific buses also will not pick-up or deliver students on Monday.

Buses from Gloucester High School and Page Middle School will not pick up or deliver students to any routes in the Guinea area beyond Achilles or on Little England Road.

High school buses 21 and 90 and Page buses 42 and 121 will not provide morning or afternoon service beyond Achilles. High school bus 80 and Page bus 85 will not provide morning or afternoon service to Little England Road.

Isle of Wight County Schools will open with a two-hour delay on Monday.

Previous story, 8:39 p.m. Oct. 4:

Hampton is down to 34 intersections and roads still affected by high tide. The police division says that high wind is a factor in water continuing to cover roadways.

The following intersections or roads are flooded:

- Rogers Avenue and Old Buckroe Road

- Hodges Drive

- Tidball Road

- Dandy Point Road and Beach Road

- Robinson Road and Crescent Drive 

- 1st Street and Pembroke Avenue

- Gilbert Street and Mockingbird Lane

- Benthall Road and 5th Street

- Tide Mill Lane and Pelican Shores Drive

- Kecoughtan Road and Clyde Street

- Willard Avenue, Segar Street and Downes Street

- Syms Street and Eaton Street

- Washington Street and Syms Street

- 5th Street and Benthall Road

- Wythe Creek Road and Voyager Drive

- 1st Street and Buckroe Avenue

- Tide Mill Lane and LaSalle Avenue

- Gilbert Street and Shoreline Drive

- Greenfield Avenue

- Harbor Drive and Chincoteague Drive

- Canal Road and Beach Road

- Beach Road and Dandy Point Road

- Wythe Creek Road

- Charlton Drive and Meadowbrook Drive

- Powhatan Parkway and Chesapeake Avenue

- Pembroke Avenue and River Street

- Armistead Avenue and Mercer Avenue

- Gilbert Street and Eagle Point Road

- Pembroke Avenue and Myrtle Street

- Beach Road and Hall Road

- Armistead Avenue and Freeman Drive

Previous story, 7:39 p.m. Oct. 4:

Poquoson schools will have a one-hour delay and an early dismissal. Poquoson High School will let out at 10:40 a.m., Poquoson Middle School at 11:10 a.m., Poquoson Elementary School at 11:40 a.m., and Poquoson Primary School at 12:20 p.m.

All preschool classes and after-school activities are canceled.

Previous story, 7:00 p.m. Oct. 4:

All Newport News and York schools and offices will observe a two-hour delay on Monday. 

Hampton City Schools decided Sunday night to be closed Monday. All after-school activities are canceled.

The rescheduled Hampton-Bethel football game will now be played Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Previous story, 5:35 p.m. Oct. 4:

Hampton officials are warning residents that Monday's afternoon high tide could reach the same levels of Friday's 6.2-foot high.

The city said on Sunday afternoon that, so far, there had been no reports of water in homes. The city still planned to collect trash and recycling according to normal schedules. Newport News pickups will be a day behind schedule.

Mathews County Schools announced schools would be closed on Monday. Hampton City Schools is still assessing the forecast to make a decision about being open.

Previous story, 4:33 p.m. Oct. 4:

Some Hampton intersections are beginning to clear about an hour after high tide, according to a list tweeted by the Hampton Police Division. Thirty-eight streets remain impassible. 

38 streets are still impassible due to high water. #vafloods pic.twitter.com/lO3qyiuHMP

— Hampton VA Police (@HamptonVAPolice) October 4, 2015

Previous story, 3:45 p.m. Oct. 4:

Water rose over streets and piers and near the steps of homes throughout the Peninsula during high tide around 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Residents of South Willard Road traveled along the street by canoe as the water covered the area, a tweet from the Hampton Police Division showed.

Hampton citizens always have a plan to get around. South Willard Road. Stay safe. #VAFloods pic.twitter.com/LN5RHUx1Wb

— Hampton VA Police (@HamptonVAPolice) October 4, 2015

About a block away from downtown Hampton, water also covered Bridge Street, which was closed due to high water.

A large pine tree fell near a house on South Armistead Avenue, though the house appeared to be undamaged.

In Poquoson, signs in the area indicated that water levels rose to a few inches below flood levels achieved during Hurricane Isabel in 2003.

Rodgers A. Smith Landing was under water as were several street in Poquoson.

Hampton police are also reporting 44 streets in the city are impassable.

It appears the tides have crested at 6.5 ft. There are currently 44 roads that are impassible. #vafloods pic.twitter.com/2ZQmWLUc7H

— Hampton VA Police (@HamptonVAPolice) October 4, 2015

Previous story, 2:15 p.m. Oct. 4:

The area is under a coastal flood warning until 6 a.m. Monday, and a high surf advisory remains in effect until 7 p.m. Monday.

Flooding in and near low-lying areas could lead to road closures and significant flooding, officials warn. The tides and wave action are likely to cause beach and shore erosion.

The surf may rise as high as eight to 11 feet, according to NWS.

Large, breaking waves and rip currents will be dangerous to anyone who gets into the surf.

There are more reports of flooded roads throughout Hampton Roads as the 3 p.m. expected high tide approaches.

In Hampton, the water has reached the steps of residents' homes at Chincoteague and Harbor, and First Street in Buckroe is impassable, according to the Hampton Police Division. Residents at First and Buckroe report there is more water there than on Friday.

Gilbert and Shoreline Drive in Hampton are also impassable, according to police, and Pembroke and Myrtle is impassable to all except large vehicles.

Two feet of water is being reported along South Greenfield past 51 South Greenfield. 

With rising water in the area, Powhatan and Chesapeake may become impassable.

Flooded streets have also been spotted on Poquoson Avenue and Whitehouse Cove in Poquoson and at Rogers Smith Landing in Tabb, among other places.

Previous story 12 p.m., Oct. 4: As the tide rises Sunday, waterways are starting to run over and streets are becoming flooded. It's only going to get worse as high tide is expected around 3 p.m.

The City of Hampton posted to social media reports of flooding on about a dozen roads. They are: Beach Road at Dandy Point, Armistead near the Home Depot and the southbound lanes near Freeman Drive, Charlton Drive at Meadowbrook, Powhatan Parkway at Chesapeake Avenue and Gilbert Street at Eagle Point Road.

Poquoson has closed Wythe Creek Road going into Hampton.

East Pembroke Avenue and the Pasture Point community in Hampton are covered in standing water from the Hampton River.

Pembroke Avenue in Newport News near the intersection with Marshall Avenue is blocked off because of high water.

Smithfield Police Department posted to Facebook that all major roads in the town were open, but warns as tide rise, roads may close due to flooding. Several major highways in Isle of Wight still remain closed.

Previous story 10 a.m., Oct. 4:

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind advisory for Hampton Roads and the Middle Peninsula until 8 p.m. Sunday.

"Wind gusts could be strong enough to down a few trees...and cause scattered power outages," the advisory said. "Saturated soil across the region will make it easier for trees to be downed by the wind."

The weather service said gusts could reach 45 to 50 mph.

High winds could close bridges in the area, but as of 9:30 a.m. the Virginia Department of Transportation hadn't closed any. Advisories have been issued for the James River Bridge in Newport News and the Coleman Bridge in York County.

The weather service has already issues coastal flooding warnings earlier Sunday, which is in effect until 6 a.m. Monday.

This advisory warns that tidal flooding is expected along the Chesapeake Bay and the York and Rappahannock rivers both before and after high tide, which is today at 3 p.m. Major flooding is expected then. 

VDOT has closed several roads in Isle of Wight County because of flooding. They are: Virginia Highway 10 from the Surry-Isle of Wight county line to Nansemond County and Suffolk and Business Virginia Highway 10, or Church Street, from Benns Church Boulevard to Old Stage Highway.

There is a report of a tree down on Mennonite Lane off Menchville Road in Newport News. It's caused a power outage for residents in that area. For more on outages, read this.

Previous story 6:30 a.m., Oct. 4: 

Sunday's forecast calls for more flooding, gusty winds and some rain, but none of it is associated with Hurricane Joaquin, which has moved well off the East Coast today.

"(Joaquin) will just cause swell and rip currents, but as far as anything else it's really a non-issue at this point," said Matt Scalora, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Wakefield. 

The coastal areas should still expect some moderate coastal flooding, Scalora said, with the worst coming around 3 p.m. Sunday at high tide.

With a 60 percent chance of rain, estimates call for what could amount to about a 1/10 of an inch of rainfall today.

Scalora said the region has seen almost 3 inches of rain this month, but most of that precipitation has come in the last few days.

Gusty winds up to 40 mph are expected Sunday with high temperatures in the mid-70s.

It's still going to take a couple of days to get clear of the wet weather system that is hanging over the region now, Scalora said. The system is expected to move out Tuesday. By Wednesday, it'll be dry.

Previous story 9 p.m., Oct. 3: 

Many locals spent Saturday on the Peninsula stretching their legs and soaking up the sun where they could after several rainy days and the threat of a hurricane.

Projections for Hurricane Joaquin's path late Saturday evening showed the storm veering far off the east coast of the United States and out into the North Atlantic.

Bill Sammler, a forecaster with the National Weather Service office in Wakefield, said the region will see no effects whatsoever from the storm, but other weather patterns will drive high winds and flooding Sunday.

Winds were expected to pick up overnight Saturday, with sustained winds of around 25 mph out of the northeast and gusts as high as 50 mph in coastal areas. Sammler said the winds, caused by a meeting of two fronts along the coast, will drive flooding at high tide.

Sunday will look a lot like Friday did with the wind and flooding, Sammler said. Water levels at high tide — just before 3 a.m. and just after 3 p.m. on Sunday — will be around 2.5 feet higher than normal.

High water may be troublesome for drivers and homeowners, but flood areas are well know — what is harder to pin down is where trees might come down in the high winds.

"We don't expect anything widespread, but given the ground's so wet, there may be some trees that come down," Sammler said. "You may have some issue with trees falling across the road, across the power lines, but it's impossible to say where."

Small amounts of rain, less than a tenth of an inch, are expected throughout Saturday night and Sunday, according to NWS Forecasts. The wind and rain are expected to taper off throughout Monday, Sammler said.

A state of emergency remains in effect for the state.

Saturday afternoon, however, was a welcome break from the relentless rain that soaked Hampton Roads throughout the week, with partly sunny skies and mild temperatures.

Anthony and Vanessa Walker brought their five kids out to run off some energy at Monitor-Merrimac Overlook. The kids had been cooped up inside for most of this week.

"One minute they're fighting, then they're hugging" when the rain keeps them shut in the family's Newport News home, Anthony Walker said. "They don't mind being inside, but they love being outside."

The trip to the park was brief for the Walkers — winds whipped up suddenly and a squall rolled over the river, sending the kids running for the car.

Just as quickly as it came, the rain went, and folks like Richard Armstrong of Hampton flocked with their dogs to the beach on Fort Monroe.

"She's loving life," Armstrong said of his black lab, Kyra, who padded along the beach, picking at the flotsam the day's wind had washed onto the sand.

Armstrong took advantage of the break in the clouds Saturday by hopping on his bike. He said heading into Saturday's strong winds was like "pedaling on a treadmill," while riding with the wind at his back left him cruising at 25 mph, he said.

Flooding was mostly just an inconvenience for those in Newport News and Hampton, where problem areas flooded with the high tide around 2 p.m. and blocked some roadways, but major issues were not reported. Several cars and trucks were seen driving through standing water in Southeast Newport News and in Hampton's Fox Hill area without issue.

However, Poquoson residents took to a neighborhood Facebook page to help each other out as flooding closed some streets in the waterlogged city.

Pets were lost and found and items that had blown from one yard to the next were put up to be claimed by their rightful owners. People posted pictures of tide charts and of one another's yards so incoming drivers could gauge the safety level.

"I think we really fared very well for the most part," said Poquoson City Councilwoman Traci-Dale Crawford. "We're used to getting our toes wet and people are resilient here. We clean up and take care of our neighbors, and that's what we're doing now."

Reporter Jennifer Williams contributed to this report. Williams can be reached at 247-4644. Murphy can be reached by phone at 247-4760.

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