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Posted on: October 8, 2016

Hampton opens shelter at Phenix; widespread power outages and flooding

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Oct. 9, 2016 - Storms are battering Hampton harder than predicted, more than 20 percent of the city without power, dozens of flooded roads and downed trees.
Paula Maria Apartments in the Newmarket area began flooding Saturday evening, and Hampton fire and police staff evacuated several residents. A shelter at Phenix School on Big Bethel Road has been opened for anyone who needs it. Almost 40 people are seeking shelter there.
A total of 8.44" of rain has fallen so far in east-central Hampton, about an inch more than in northern parts of the city. Weather Service officials expect the rain to taper off Sunday morning.
Winds have remained high, and are expected to continue through Sunday. Gusts as high as 48-52 mph have been recorded at Langley Air Force Base but have not been as high inland.
Dominion Resources reported 13,693 outages in Hampton. Several intersections are without power. Drivers are reminded that they should approach intersections cautiously and treat them as 4-way stops if the stoplight is out.
Residents are also reminded that it is against the law to drive through flooded areas in such a way that water can be pushed up into houses.
Coastal tidal flooding is also expected. High tide at 3:09 a.m. and 3:34 p.m. Sunday are expected to see minor to moderate flooding levels. The flash flood warning has been extended until 4 a.m.

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