Tracking severe weather across Hampton Roads, NE North Carolina May 6

NF Racine Avenue and St. Dennis Avenue tree down (May 6)
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Posted at 12:21 PM, May 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-06 22:36:29-04

News 3's meteorologists are tracking severe weather across the area Friday night into Saturday morning.

We're seeing a Level 3 severe weather threat in parts of Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina. That means much of the area could see strong to severe storms, high winds, hail and potential tornadoes.

Meteorologist Myles Henderson says storms are expected to begin after 4 p.m. and track northeast.

One wave of storms is expected between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., and another wave is expected between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

A Tornado Watch was declared for the area until 10 p.m. The only local areas excluded from the watch are Mathews and the Eastern Shore.

Our weather team will track the storms all afternoon beginning at 4 p.m. We'll also have live updates in this story.


Storm conditions/damage:

Southampton County

  • 6:05 p.m. - The National Weather Service (NWS) reports power poles down near Sycamore Church Road and Dogwood Bend Road in Franklin due to high winds
  • 6:05 p.m. - NWS reports a tree down near Monroe Road in Sunbeam due to high winds

Isle of Wight County

  • 6:22 p.m. - NWS reports trees down off Mill Creek Drive in Dwight


A tree and a wire were knocked down in the area of Racine Avenue and St. Dennis Avenue in Norfolk just before 6 p.m.

NF Racine Avenue and St. Dennis Avenue tree down (May 6)
NF Racine Avenue and St. Dennis Avenue tree down (May 6)


Virginia Beach

Ahoskie, North Carolina

Intense rain with a brief period of hailstones (videos courtesy of @TropicalSaiel)

Heavy rain, hailstones in Ahoskie, North Carolina

Sheets of rain in Ahoskie

Storm preparation:

Norfolk will open several garages for residents to avoid having their cars damaged due to hail.

This is an important message from Norfolk Alert

WEATHER ADVISORY: Severe storms are expected to begin late this afternoon and coastal flooding throughout the weekend. Damaging wind gusts, hail, and the potential for tornadoes are possible. Residents can park for free in the York Street Garage and Brambleton Lot until noon on Monday, May 9. Tune to local weather stations for updates.

York County also announced that several garages will be open for residents to avoid hail or flooding damage to their cars.

Due to the concerns regarding the potential for flooding this weekend, the parking lot at Chisman Creek Park (1314 Wolf Trap Road) and the lots at the McReynolds Athletic Complex (412 Sports Way) are open for the parking of trucks, trailers, campers, RVs, boats, etc. If vehicles are moved to either park site, owners are asked to have them removed by Monday. Citizens are reminded to not park their vehicles at school sites.

School closures:

Edenton-Chowan Schools

Due to an enhanced risk today for damaging winds and wind gusts, large hail, localized heavy rain/flash flooding, and the possibility of tornadoes, Edenton-Chowan Schools is dismissing at 12:30pm. All after school activities are cancelled. Please be safe!

Gates County Schools

Due to the threat of severe weather conditions this afternoon, Friday, May 6, Gates County Schools will close at 1 p.m. today.Daycare will close at 2 p.m. At this time, the high school prom is still scheduled, however, conditions will continued to be monitored and more information will be given later this afternoon.

Camden County Schools

Good morning, due to predicted severe weather this afternoon beginning around 3 pm, Camden County Schools will dismiss at 1 pm today, Friday, May 6, 2022. All after school activities have been canceled. Thank you for your support of Camden County Schools.

Perquimans County Schools

Perquimans County Schools will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. today.