A mini lake formed outside of at least one of the Hampton University dormitories Saturday night, holding students hostage in their residences, said student eyewitnesses.
Coastal flooding related to Hurricane Matthew was the culprit.
Lauren Hendricks, a senior from Texas, said she witnessed the water mass. Briana Oates of Maryland, also a senior, said, "It definitely flooded here in Hampton last night. The grass became mini pools outside of the Multi-Use Facility, in between Armstrong and Ogden [halls].
"Streets were flooded to the point where shopping centers closed early, some stop lights were out. Pizza companies stopped delivering. There were high winds and some power outages across the bridge. Damages were not too bad and power did not go out in the dorms, just lights flickering occasionally. But, I did hear that some people's cars got hit by tree branches."
Hampton University Police with the National Weather Service issued a flood warning at 6:49 p.m. Saturday and followed up at 7:43 p.m. with a flash flood warning.
"Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses, as well as other drainage areas and low-lying spots," said the communique sent by text message and email.
"Traditional low-lying areas are Lots 9, 32, Shore Road, Ferry Road and Queen Street across from the cafeteria. Relocate to Lots 21 (across from the cafeteria, and Lot 41, adjacent to the Health Center. or lot 10."
According to The Weather Channel, overnight, about nine inches of rain pounded the Peninsula [Hampton and Newport News] and South Hampton Roads [Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Suffolk], which resulted in flooding, downed trees and limbs, and power outages.
"As of right now," said Oates in a mid-Sunday afternoon email, "the sun is slowing peeking through the clouds and the streets are dry."