High Winds and Rain Force Closure of Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
High winds and heavy rain brought chaos to coastal Virginia on Tuesday night and led to treacherous driving conditions.
The conditions led to the temporary closure of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel as high winds hit Hampton Roads on Tuesday night.
WAVY.com reported the CBBT was operating on level-four wind restrictions, due to winds as high as 60 miles per hour. Only certain types of vehicles were being allowed to cross the bridge that links Hampton Roads to the Eastern Shore of Virginia: vehicles and pickup trucks without exterior cargo, minivans and SUVs.
For about an hour on Tuesday night, the bridge-tunnel was closed to all traffic because high winds caused safety concerns for travel.
However, the high winds caused a coal ship to run aground near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel on Tuesday evening, WAVY reported.
The U.S. Coast Guard said the ship ran aground near Lynnhaven Anchorage port facility and several other ships were dragging anchor, due to high winds.
The coal ship was reported to be located near the 2800 block of Shore Drive, in front of the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center at Cape Henry Beach. There were no reports of injuries or spills.
Heavy rain can cause dangerous driving conditions. One single vehicle accident was reported on Centerville Turnpike in Chesapeake. It injured a driver and his passenger.
When you are driving in high winds and heavy rain you should always exercise extreme care and keep your speed under control. Do not brake suddenly on wet roads as you may skid. If you have been injured in an auto accident you should call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 or see Cooperhurley.com