Virginia Beach, Norfolk under flash flood warning

Flooding on Sandbridge Road in Virginia Beach (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Courtney Engh)
Flooding on Sandbridge Road in Virginia Beach (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Courtney Engh)

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.

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.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.