The heavy winds began early Friday morning and during the morning hours and created havoc throughout Friday. ANEC reported power outages throughout the Eastern Shore in the morning and early afternoon areas. The outages were scattered but distributed throughout both counties. 911 reported dozens of calls reporting downed trees and blocked roadways. Several structures were damaged by falling trees. 911 reported no major damage or injuries.
Accomack Schools closed at noon and Northampton High and Middle Schools closed due to a power failure. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel was closed to all traffic much of the day.
The winds subsided just a little bit Friday afternoon. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel reopened at approximately 3:45 p.m. with level 4 restrictions. Winds were reported gusting to 60 mph out on the tunnel at that time. The CBBT closed again around 5 p.m. because wind gusts on the span exceeded 60 mph.
Throughout the night ANEC continued to address outages. There was over 500 in Exmore during much of Friday evening. At 11:30 p.m. there were 1436 outages up and down the Shore. At 5:45 this morning there were 143 total outages with 63 in the Accomac area and 54 in Exmore.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is open to automobile traffic only with level 4 restrictions. Only passenger cars without external cargo, pickups without external cargo, mini vans and SUVs are allowed across the span at this time. Winds out on the bay are reported to be gusting 60 miles per hour.
At 6:30 Saturday morning winds around the bay were 23 knots gusting to 30 knots at Stingray Point and 28 knots gusting to 36 knots at Cape Henry.