The National Weather Service in Wakefield has issued a flash flood warning for Virginia Beach and Norfolk.
The warning is in effect until 3:30 p.m. Friday, and includes Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Northeastern Currituck County in North Carolina.
Heavy rain from Hurricane Dorian continues to pound the area Friday morning – up to 3 inches have already fallen, meteorologists said.
Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches are possible in the warned area during the next few hours.
Some locations that will experience flooding include: Virginia Beach, Currituck, Ocean View, Kempsville, Virginia Wesleyan University, Old Dominion University, Downtown Norfolk, Regent University, Great Bridge, Deep Creek, Downtown Portsmouth,
Churchland, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Fentress, Bowers Hill, Cradock and Princess Anne.
The #MidtownTunnel eastbound will be temporarily closed on Friday, September 6, starting at 11 a.m. due to the potential impacts of #HurricaneDorian. Alternate routes include: #DowntownTunnel, #HighRiseBridge, or @JordanBridgeVA. Updates will be posted on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/phkhSQcB2S
— DriveERT (@DriveERT) September 6, 2019
Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low-lying spots. Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions.
Authorities are urging motorists to avoid flooded roads.