Oct. 3 — A change the wind direction meant Hampton was spared the severe flooding that was predicted a day ago. Instead of seeing a high tide of 6.9 feet, Monday's high crested just above 5 feet. There was street flooding and minor damage, plus heavy winds.
Tides, measured at Sewells Point in feet above mean low lower water, put flooding in the "minor" range. Flooded roads included Pembroke Avenue near the Hampton River in downtown/Pasture Point, Fifth Street between Tappan and Benthall in Buckroe, Harbor Drive in Wythe (see photo), Dandy Point and Beach roads in Grandview, West Gilbert Street in Sinclair Commons. Waters are receding after the 4 p.m. high tide.
Hampton had opened George P. Phoenix School, which sheltered 15 people before closing at 5 p.m.
The city is planning for normal operations and hours on Tuesday, except Tuesday's trash and recycling routes will be collected Wednesday.
EARLIER: A nor'easter is hitting the Hampton Roads region and is expected to cause tidal flooding, particularly in Buckroe, Grandview, Newmarket Creek and other areas located on the water. With high tide anticipated at 3:52 p.m. today, the National Weather Service office in Wakefield has lowered its forecast slightly.
Flooding at Sewell's Point is now predicted to hit to 6.5 feet above mean lower low water, down from the earlier estimate of 6.9 feet.
The city has opened the George P. Phenix School as a shelter for residents affected by the storm and flooding. The facility, located at 1061 Big Bethel Road, is open to medical patients, general population and pets. It will be kept open as a shelter as necessary. Residents should bring any medications or special needs equipment; air mattresses, blankets and pillows; diapers, toys, games and books for children. Pets owners should bring a cage or crate, food and water, shot records and medications.