NORFOLK, Va. — Virginia officials reported one storm-related death Monday after Hurricane Matthew.
State police said in a statement Monday that 38-year-old Anthony Longoria of Carsville was killed when his pickup truck rear-ended a tractor-trailer stopped for a downed tree on Interstate 64 in Chesapeake early Sunday. Police say he wasn’t wearing his seatbelt.
Virginia Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Dawn Brantley said Monday that the death was storm-related. Officials haven’t yet determined whether the death of a man found in standing water in Hampton is storm-related, she said.
A U.S. Coast Guard crew rescued seven people from a sailboat that ran aground by Hog Island near Wachapreague on Sunday, officials said in a statement. The family and a friend were taken to Wilis Warf in Great Machipongo on Sunday evening and no injuries were reported, officials said. Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Canup said by telephone the incident was related to the weather conditions created by the storm.
“We were happy to get the family off the sail boat and back to Willis Warf safely,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Callanan, boat crew member for the case. “We advise all mariners to check any weather advisories along their route when getting underway.”
About 95,000 Dominion Virginia Power customers in Virginia are in the dark Monday, most of them in southeastern Virginia, according to the utility’s website.
Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach and Middlesex County have declared states of emergency. About 68 people are in shelters in Hampton, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach, Brantley said. As the storm waters recede, Monday, localities are beginning to assess the damage, she said.
About 160 soldiers with the Virginia National Guard helped with recovery efforts in the Hampton Roads area Sunday, helping to clear debris, evacuating people seeking shelter and transporting law enforcement officers on route assessments, Guard officials said in a release.
Some school systems already planned to be closed Monday for Columbus Day, but others announced they would close Monday because of power outages and impassable roads.
Department of Transportation officials say a large sinkhole opened up on Route 58 in Pittsylvania County on Saturday. It could take up to a week to reopen.