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Stalled front and tropical storm deluge roads, close schools

Cars navigate through flood waters along E. Olney Road near Norfolk State University, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in Norfolk, Va. A stalled weather system and the remnants of Tropical Storm Julia have brought days of rain and localized flooding to the region through Wednesday. (Steve Earley/The Virginian-Pilot via AP) /T

Cars navigate through flood waters along E. Olney Road near Norfolk State University, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in Norfolk, Va. A stalled weather system and the remnants of Tropical Storm Julia have brought days of rain and localized flooding to the region through Wednesday. (Steve Earley/The Virginian-Pilot via AP) /T

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Flooding in coastal Virginia and North Carolina has blocked roads and closed schools for more than 100,000 students.

A stalled weather system and the remnants of Tropical Storm Julia have brought days of rain and localized flooding to the region. The rain is expected to continue into Thursday, Sept. 22.

The National Weather Service says the region has seen more than 7 inches of rain since Sunday. Monday was the wettest with more than 3 inches of rain. By midmorning Wednesday, the region already had seen nearly 2 inches.

Major school districts in Virginia’s south Hampton Roads region have canceled classes. So have two North Carolina counties, Currituck and Gates. Local media are reporting impassable roadways and highway ramps throughout the region.

Norfolk State University warned faculty, staff and students to “be cautious of flooding around campus and the downtown Norfolk area.”
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