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Va. Flooding Prompts Peninsula Evacuations

August 26, 2012

Apartments housing more than 100 people were evacuated because of flooding in Newport News and Hampton.

According to media reports, 63 people in Newport News and 57 in Hampton were forced from their apartments Saturday after a storm dumped as much as 7 inches of rain. Water reached 4 feet high in one Hampton apartment building's parking lot.

Newport News police spokeswoman Holly McPherson says authorities found a 38-year-old woman dead in an apartment. The cause of death was not immediately known.

National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Porch says a trailer was damaged and one person received minor injuries after a tornado was spotted in Melfa on the Eastern Shore. No other injuries were reported from the harsh weather, which included two waterspouts over the Chesapeake Bay.


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