Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Michael blows, dumps rain; Peninsula under flash flood warning, watch

(WYDaily/Courtesy of NOAA)
(WYDaily/Courtesy of NOAA)

Tropical Storm Michael has brought wind, rain in Hampton Roads, and at least one report of a tornado touching down in the Norge/Toano area Thursday night.

As of 8:30 p.m., there were no confirmed reports of injuries or damages in connection with the storm.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning until 2:15 a.m. Friday – the warning includes Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, York County, Poquoson, James City County, Gloucester County, Southeastern King and Queen County, Mathews County, Eastern New Kent County and Southeastern King William County.

A flash flood watch was issued until 8 a.m. Friday. A tornado warning for York, James City County, Gloucester Point, Gloucester and Achilles expired at 7:45 p.m. Thursday – a tornado watch expired at 9 p.m.

The NWS also issued a high wind warning until 4 a.m. Friday.

At 8:43 p.m. Thursday, Dominion Energy’s online map is showing more than 11,000 people without power in Southeastern Virginia, the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck.

If your power goes out, call 866-366-4357 or visit via your cellphone or tablet.

Thursday afternoon, Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in anticipation of impacts from the storm.

The order is designed to mobilize resources, help Virginia mitigate any damage, and to streamline the process the state uses to provide assistance to other states through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

State agencies are working closely with localities to identify any needs and to provide resources.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( 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.

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