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Daily Press – Update: Flash flood warning issued for Newport News, Hampton

6:30 p.m. Hampton dispatching Hampton Fire and Rescue to the Paula Maria apartments at 100 Martha Lee Drive and nearby Century Plaza apartments for reports of flooding.

6 p.m. The National Weather Service in Wakefield issued a flash flood warning for Newport News and Hampton until 7 p.m.

The public is reporting flash flooding near Mercury Boulevard from thunderstorms. A flash flood warning means flooding is imminent or is occurring.

Residents living along streams and creeks should take precautions. Don’t attempt to cross swiftly flowing waters in a vehicle.

Ronnie Moss, a 55-year-old Newport News resident, said he got caught out in Tuesday’s heavy rains and had to take a circuitous route to get home to help out his father. They live on Hammond Street in Hilton Village.

He said several underpasses had flooded, and a bus and a car were tangled up in front of the Newport News YMCA.

“The Main Street tunnel, there’s a car in that, and the Center Avenue tunnel is flooded,” Moss said.

“It’s dangerous out here and people are driving in this crazy rain,” he said. “I’m just trying to get home to my dad.”

UPDATE: Newport News police are checking on multiple reports of flooding. Low-lying areas in Southeast Newport News are beginning to flood.

One dispatcher said she is getting “tons” of flooding calls.

Police responded to a tree falling in 1200 block of Garden Drive, dispatchers confirmed.

Hampton dispatchers received reports of flooding at Pembroke Avenue and Powhatan Parkway.

The National Weather Service in Wakefield issued a flood advisory for Newport News and Hampton until 6:30 p.m. as radar indicates the thunderstorms moving through slowly are capable of producing heavy rain.

Between one to two inches of rain has fallen in the past hour, the weather service advisory said. An additional inch is possible. Runoff from this heavy rainfall will cause minor flooding, especially in low-lying area and along small streams.

The American Legion parking lot and the Riverlands Apartments parking lot off Marshall Avenue are flooding, said Riverlands resident Janet King.

A home off Woodfin Road off of Warwick Boulevard is flooding in Hilton Village, said neighbor Kathleen Jaeger.

EARLIER: Expect “heavy downpours” from a thunderstorm moving through Newport News and Hampton Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Wakefield.

Wind gusts could reach 35 mph, according to a weather statement. The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for Tuesday afternoon through the evening.

“It’s just a passing thunderstorm,” said meterologist Lyle Alexander with the National Weather Service in Wakefield.

It’s currently moving through the Peninsula and toward Norfolk and Southside.

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August 28, 2012 at 7:14 pm

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