NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Hurricane Sandy is still having an impact on Hampton Roads. Cargo from the Port of New York/New Jersey is being diverted to The Port of Virginia because of the devastating storm damage in the Northeast.
The vessels began arriving in Norfolk Thursday. A Container Ship, APL Indonesia, off-loaded more than 1,000 containers at Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) and the car carrier Prestige discharged 1,300 vehicles at Newport News Marine Terminal.
This was just the beginning. A significant amount of cargo is expected to be diverted to Virginia in the short term, according to the Virginia Port Authority ( VPA).
"Our primary concern is the people in the Northeast – we have people in this office who are from that area and still have family there. Also, they're industry people and we have friends at the Port of New York/New Jersey that we're worried about," said Rodney W. Oliver, interim executive director of the VPA.
"Much of the cargo we'll be handling would stay in the New York metro area and serve that population, so the effort will be to get it off the ship and up to the Northeast as efficiently and as quick as possible, because they're going to need it."
Virginia International Terminals Inc. (VIT), the VPA's terminal operating company, has implemented weekend gate hours to help manage the increased cargo. Truck gates at APM Terminals in Portsmouth, Norfolk International Terminals and both empty container yards will be open on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
One of the dogs rescued from a suspected puppy mill in North Carolina died Wednesday.
Police arrested one man and are looking for another suspect after a fight involving shots fired in Chesapeake.
A woman is facing reckless driving charges after hitting a worker Wednesday morning, according to Virginia State Police.
A Kill Devil Hills man is facing charges after a fight involving a gun.
The amphibious transport dock USS New York left Norfolk Naval Station Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 to move to Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville, Fla.
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A Chesapeake school bus was rear-ended Wednesday morning.