Severe Thunderstorms knocked out power, blew down trees and caused signs to fall across the City of Hampton Thursday evening. Earlier in the afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a Particularly Dangerous Situatuion (PDS) Severe Thunderstorm Watch, warning residents to watch out for damaging winds in excess of 60mph. Around 5:30pm, a line of storms went through the city. A large tree fell on Butler Farm Road and several smaller trees were down on Mercury Blvd. The I-64 Eastbound entrance off of Mercury Blvd was closed Thursday evening due to a fallen tree.
Earlier in the day, Hampton City Schools decided to open doors 30 min earlier for Bethel High School's graduation at the Hampton Coliseum so that people could get inside before the storms hit. The City also tweeted out information on it's Twitter account as the storms moved through.