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Heavy rain, thunderstorms batter Hampton, Newport News

4:31 p.m. - The region is still under a hazardous weather advisory until this evening, according to the National Weather Service. 

The advisory warns residents to be prepared for more heavy rains and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. It also states that some areas could see more flooding as the rain continues. 

3:15 p.m. - Lightning struck a powerline near Christopher Newport University, at University Place and Warwick Boulevard, blowing a fuse that feeds a section of the line and knocking out power to about 62 customers, Dominion spokeswoman Bonita Harris said. 

Those customers should be restored by 4 p.m., Harris said. 

Dominion is also dealing with clusters of outages in other areas from the storm, including York County and Norfolk.

2:41 p.m. - The York County, Poquoson and Williamsburg emergency 911 number is back up, county officials report.

If you have an emergency in these areas, call 911.

A technical issue caused the lines to be down, Whittaker said. 

In Newport News, 67 customers are without power. The number in York County is down to under 20, Dominion Power officials said. 

In the Norfolk area, more than 540 customers are without power, the utility reports.

2:25 p.m. - York County officials report its 911 emergency phone systems for York County, Poquoson and Williamsburg are down. 

If you have to report an emergency in those areas, call 890-3630 or 890-3600, York County spokeswoman Gail Whittaker said in an e-mail.

Officials did not provide a reason for the lines being down.  

2:15 p.m. - The number of customers without power in York County is down to 20, officials said. 

In our region, which serves more than 700,000 customers, the total number of customers without power is 54.

1:39 p.m. - Dominion Power reports 240 customers in York County are without power. 

The traffic lights at Warwick and Denbigh boulevards has been restored, officials said.

1:19 p.m. - Traffic lights at Warwick and Denbigh boulevards are out, with the lights blinking red. 

Rain is pooling in low-lying areas near the intersection, including entrances to the shopping center and surrounding businesses. 

The interstate exit in Newport News closest to its mega shipping building operation had standing water during the rain. Drivers are urged to use caution there, city officials said.

10 a.m. - The National Weather Service warns of a line of thunderstorms and heavy rain approaching James City County, York County, Williamsburg, New Kent County and Charles City County.

NWS issued a special weather statement for those areas about noon after storms with heavy rain were detected.

Rainfall from these storms is expected to total 1 to 2 inches.

NWS advises drivers to take extra caution during the storms and watch for rapid changes in weather and road conditions. The service also warns of minor flooding in ditches and areas with poor drainage.

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