Tornado watch canceled early

Published 2:50 pm Saturday, January 11, 2014

UPDATE 8:15 p.m.: The city of Suffolk reports the following road conditions:

  • Water has receded on North Main Street and East Constance Road, and the roads are open.
  • There is flooding at Dutch Road and Holland Road and Dutch Road and Cumberland Lane. The areas are closed, and traffic is being detoured down Cumberland Lane
  • The entrance ramp to Holland Road from downtown Holland is now open, with high water signs still in place.

UPDATE 7:15 p.m.: Holland Road at the Holland bypass also is flooded, city spokeswoman Diana Klink said. The road is closed.

UPDATE 5 p.m.: City spokeswoman Diana Klink has reported the following damage from the severe thunderstorms:

  • A downed tree across the roadway at O’Kelly Drive and South Quay Road, which was removed by a citizen.
  • A downed tree across the roadway on U.S. Route 58 eastbound at the weigh station, which was removed by a city crew.
  • Flooding in the 700 block of North Main Street. The inside lanes are reported to be passable.
  • Flooding in the 100 block of East Constance Road. The roadway is closed and detour signs are in place.

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UPDATE 4:25 p.m.: The tornado watch in Suffolk has been canceled early, according to the National Weather Service’s website. It initially was set to end at 8 p.m.

UPDATE 4:20 p.m.: City spokeswoman Diana Klink says damage from the severe thunderstorms was limited to a few trees down. More details are set to be released later.

UPDATE 3:58 p.m.: A portion of a tree fell across U.S. Route 58 eastbound between Wilroy Road and Nansemond Parkway, according to scanner traffic. It has been removed.

UPDATE 3:55 p.m.: The tornado warning in Suffolk has been canceled, but a tornado watch remains in effect.

UPDATE 3:40 p.m.: A tornado warning is in effect for the northeastern portion of the city of Suffolk.

Earlier: Suffolk and surrounding areas are under a tornado watch Saturday until 8 p.m.

Moderate to heavy rain is expected this afternoon ahead of a cold front, according to the National Weather Service. The risk for severe weather is slight, the service added.

At 3:30 p.m., a line of severe thunderstorms was moving through the city. The National Weather Service reported the storms could bring wind gusts as high as 60 miles per hour, as well as hail and heavy rain.

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