Update: The cities of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake are under a flash flood emergency.
A flash flood warning, issued Saturday evening, remains in effect until 3:15 a.m.
According to the National Weather Service, at 11:15 p.m., there was heavy rain and flash flooding in the area and between three and six inches of rain had fallen, mainly in the three hours before the emergency was issued.
“This is a particularly dangerous situation,” the alert said. “Seek Higher Ground now!”
Locations expected to see flooding include: Virginia Beach, Regent University, Kempsville, Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Princess Anne, Back Bay, Fentress, Northwest, North Virginia Beach, Pungo, Dam Neck, Sigma, Macons Corner, Hickory, Sandbridge Beach, Oceana, Mount Pleasant and Princess Anne Plaza.
Two to five more inches of rain are possible, the NWS said.
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Update: The National Weather Service in Wakefield, Va. issued flash flood warnings for Norfolk, Virginia Beach and several surrounding communities Saturday evening.
The warning for Virginia Beach lasts until 3:15 a.m. Sunday.
At 9:13 p.m., the weather service said, two to four inches of rain had already fallen, including two inches during the previous hour. Three to six more inches of rain could fall overnight, possibly causing significant flash flooding, the alert said. In addition to Virginia Beach, affected locations include Regent University, Kempsville, Princess Anne, Back Bay, Fentress, Northwest, North Virginia Beach, Pungo, Dam Neck, Sigma, Macons Corner, Hickory, Sandbridge Beach, Oceana, Mount Pleasant and Princess Anne Plaza.
An earlier warning issued Saturday evening for Norfolk said Doppler radar showed heavy rain in parts of southeastern Virginia, including Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Norfolk. Locations that could see flooding include downtown Norfolk, Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, Virginia Wesleyan College, Langley Air Force Base, Hampton and Newport News. Three to six inches of rain had already been recorded and an additional three to six inches were still possible.
People in areas covered by the alert should move to higher ground and use caution at night, when flooding is harder to detect.
“Most flood deaths occur in vehicles,” the weather service said.
This story has been updated to reflect additional information from the National Weather Service.