The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for much of downcounty Montgomery County until 2:45 p.m.:
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
THE NORTHWESTERN DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA…SOUTHEASTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND…SOUTHERN HOWARD COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND…NORTHERN PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND…NORTHERN FAIRFAX COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…
* UNTIL 245 PM EDT
* AT 204 PM EDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS DETECTED NEAR THE AMERICAN LEGION BRIDGE…AND WAS MOVING EAST AT 20 MPH. THIS STORM IS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…CHEVY CHASE…FORT TOTTEN…LANGLEY PARK…TAKOMA PARK…HILLANDALE…WHITE OAK…ADELPHI…BYRD STADIUM…BELTSVILLE…COLLEGE PARK…
Montgomery County and much of the rest of the Washington area is under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 8 p.m. Monday.
High winds are expected to be part of any stormy weather.
From the National Weather Service:
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM…FOR THE INTERSTATE 95 CORRIDOR OF NORTHERN MARYLAND AND NORTH CENTRAL VIRGINIA…AND LOWER SOUTHERN MARYLAND. NUMEROUS THUNDERSTORMS… SOME SEVERE…WILL DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. DAMAGING WIND GUSTS AND AN ISOLATED TORNADO WILL BE THE PRIMARY THREATS. IN ADDITION…ANY THUNDERSTORM WILL PRODUCE VERY HEAVY RAINFALL AND MAY RESULT IN LOCALIZED FLASH FLOODING.
(Update at 7:12 p.m.) There are more than 1,000 Pepco customers without power in Bethesda-Chevy Chase as high winds sweep through the area, according to Pepco’s outage map.
(Update at 7:10 p.m.) The Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been extended to 8:30 p.m.
(Original) The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for a fast moving line of storms approaching the Washington area:
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA… SOUTHERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND…
* UNTIL 715 PM EDT
* AT 620 PM EDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE DETECTED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF OATLANDS TO HUME TO 24 MILES SOUTHWEST OF HUME…AND WERE MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH. THIS LINE OF STORMS IS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING HAIL UP TO THE SIZE OF QUARTERS AND DESTRUCTIVE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 75 MPH.
(Update at 6:30 p.m.) Here’s your 6:30 p.m. power outage update, with all numbers coming from Pepco’s official outage map:
Zip code 20816: 1,910 customers without power
Zip code 20817: 2,032 customers without power
Zip codes 20813, 20815 and 20825: 2,729 customers without power
Zip codes 20814,20824, 20889 and 20892: 633 customers without power
Specific outage areas include near River Road just south of Little Falls Parkway, where Pepco’s map reports an undetermined problem has led to 1,436 power outages. Also watch out for Parkston Road near Springfield Drive, where another undetermined problem is the source of 414 outages.
(Update at 5:30 p.m.) Downed wires at East-West Highway and Beach Drive/Jones Mill Road are causing major problems Thursday evening. Westbound East-West Highway traffic is being diverted to Jones Mill Road and eastbound traffic is getting by — but only through one open lane.
(Update at 4:45 p.m.) According to Pepco’s power outage map, there are about 3,000 customers without power in Bethesda-Chevy Chase and nearby zip codes on Thursday afternoon.
(Update at 3:55 p.m.) A severe thunderstorm could be on its way to our area. The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for southern Montgomery County, D.C. and much of Northern Virginia until 4:45 p.m.:
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA…SOUTHERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND…SOUTHEASTERN LOUDOUN COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…CITY OF FALLS CHURCH IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…CITY OF FAIRFAX IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…ARLINGTON COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…CITY OF ALEXANDRIA IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…FAIRFAX COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…
* UNTIL 445 PM EDT
* AT 348 PM EDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE DETECTED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM SOUTH RIDING TO 7 MILES WEST OF BURKE…AND WERE MOVING NORTHEAST AT 25 MPH. THIS LINE OF STORMS IS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING HAIL UP TO THE SIZE OF QUARTERS AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.
(Original) Severe thunderstorms and rain are possible for the entire Washington region and much of the Mid-Atlantic on Thursday.
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Montgomery County and other jurisdictions until 9 p.m.
A Flash Flood Watch was already in effect for Thursday. The NWS says as much as two inches per hour may fall in certain areas.
Vine via Jason Weingardt
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for western Montgomery County.
The Warning is in effect until 4:30 p.m.:
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…WESTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND… SOUTHEASTERN CLARKE COUNTY IN NORTHWEST VIRGINIA… CENTRAL LOUDOUN COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…
* UNTIL 430 PM EDT
* AT 339 PM EDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS DETECTED NEAR ST. LOUIS…AND WAS MOVING NORTHEAST AT 20 MPH. THIS STORM IS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING HAIL UP TO THE SIZE OF QUARTERS AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.
The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Montgomery County and much of the Washington area on Wednesday.
Temperatures are forecast to reach the mid- to upper-90s and the heat index is set to reach about 105 degrees, according to NWS. The Heat Advisory is in effect from noon Wednesday to 7 p.m.
It’s also possible the heat and humidity will lead to isolated thunderstorms Wednesday evening:
…HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM EDT THIS EVENING…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A HEAT ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM EDT THIS EVENING.
* HEAT INDEX VALUES…AROUND 105 DEGREES WITH TEMPERATURES IN THE MID TO UPPER 90S…AND DEWPOINTS IN THE LOW TO MID 70S.
* IMPACTS…RISK OF HEAT-RELATED ILLNESS FOR THOSE WITHOUT AIR-CONDITIONING OR THOSE OUTDOORS FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD.
A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HIGH TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HIGH TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE.
TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE…RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.
TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK…THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY – CALL 9 1 1.
Image via National Weather Service
With another round of rain expected Thursday, the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch starting at noon for Montgomery County and the entire Washington area.
About 1-2 inches of rain fell starting Wednesday, bringing flash floods to much of Potomac:
…FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM NOON EDT TODAY THROUGH THIS
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A
* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF MARYLAND…THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA…VIRGINIA AND NORTHEAST WEST VIRGINIA…INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS…IN MARYLAND…CARROLL…CENTRAL AND EASTERN ALLEGANY…EXTREME WESTERN ALLEGANY…FREDERICK MD… HARFORD…HOWARD…MONTGOMERY…NORTHERN BALTIMORE…PRINCE GEORGES…SOUTHERN BALTIMORE AND WASHINGTON. THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. IN VIRGINIA…ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA… CLARKE…CULPEPER…FAIRFAX…FREDERICK VA…GREENE… LOUDOUN…MADISON…NORTHERN FAUQUIER…PAGE…PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK…RAPPAHANNOCK…ROCKINGHAM…SHENANDOAH…SOUTHERN FAUQUIER AND WARREN. IN NORTHEAST WEST VIRGINIA…BERKELEY…EASTERN GRANT…EASTERN MINERAL…EASTERN PENDLETON…HAMPSHIRE…HARDY…JEFFERSON…MORGAN…WESTERN GRANT…WESTERN MINERAL AND WESTERN PENDLETON.
* FROM NOON EDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING
* ANOTHER ROUND OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WITH LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN IS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING…IN ADDITION TO THE RAINFALL FROM THE WEDNESDAY. A GENERAL ONE TO TWO INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE NORTHERN VIRGINIA PIEDMONT… NORTHERN MARYLAND…THE EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA PANHANDLE…AND PORTIONS OF THE WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA. ANY STORMS THAT FORM WILL PRODUCE HEAVY RAIN THAT COULD LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING.
MCFRS spokesperson Peter Piringer tweeted that the department handled a number of water rescues involving cars stuck on flooded roads in the Potomac area yesterday. At least three homes in the western part of the county were struck by lightning, resulting in damage, Piringer added.
MCFRS plans to have additional resources available Thursday for any rain-related emergencies.
(Update at 3:05 p.m.) Our region could be in store for damaging winds and hail on Wednesday afternoon. The National Weather Service has also put a Tornado Watch into effect for Montgomery County until 9 p.m.
The NWS also issued this special weather statement:
…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING ALONG WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR ISOLATED TORNADOES…WITH TEMPERATURES REACHING THE MID-TO-UPPER 80S WITHIN AND SOUTH OF THE WASHINGTON DC METROPOLITAN AREA…THE REGION IS UNDER THE THREAT OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. SOME OF THESE STORMS WILL LIKELY CONTAIN DAMAGING WIND…FREQUENT CLOUD- TO-GROUND LIGHTNING… AND LARGE HAIL. ADDITIONALLY…TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE IN A FEW OF THE STRONGEST THUNDERSTORMS. THE MOST LIKELY TIME FOR SEVERE WEATHER IS BETWEEN 400 PM AND 800 PM EDT. THE AREA MOST VULNERABLE FOR SEVERE WEATHER IS NORTH OF INTERSTATE 64 ACROSS VIRGINIA`S NORTH-CENTRAL PIEDMONT AND WEST OF INTERSTATE 95 SOUTH OF THE CITY OF BALTIMORE MARYLAND TO FREDERICKSBURG VIRGINIA. THIS INCLUDES THE GREATER WASHINGTON DC AND BALTIMORE METROPOLITAN AREAS…HAGERSTOWN MARYLAND…THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL SHENANDOAH VALLEY…AND CHARLOTTESVILLE VIRGINIA. RESIDENTS AND VISITORS TO THIS REGION…ALONG WITH MARINERS ON THE CHESAPEAKE BAY AND TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER…SHOULD HAVE AN INCREASED AWARENESS OF THE THREAT OF HAZARDOUS WEATHER THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.
IF A SEVERE WEATHER WARNING IS ISSUED…SEEK SHELTER INDOORS IMMEDIATELY…PREFERABLY IN A BASEMENT OR THE LOWEST LEVEL OF A STURDY BUILDING. IF YOU ARE IN A BOAT…SEEK SAFE HARBOR IMMEDIATELY.
Via National Weather Service
(Update 8:30 a.m.) Westbound River Road (toward the Beltway) is closed at Whittier Boulevard because of high standing water.
(Update 7:25 a.m.) Add portions of Beach Drive to the list of road closures Friday morning.
(Original) A Flash Flood Warning is now in effect for Bethesda-Chevy Chase and much of the downcounty until 10:15 a.m.
The National Weather Service has recorded 3.38 inches of rain already in Bethesda, with more forecasted to come throughout the morning.
A reminder: Do not attempt to drive through high standing water. Portions of Bradley Boulevard have already been shut down this morning and MCFRS has been called for a number of water rescues around the county. From NWS:
* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA… SOUTHEASTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND… CITY OF FAIRFAX IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… CITY OF FALLS CHURCH IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… ARLINGTON COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… CITY OF ALEXANDRIA IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… EASTERN FAIRFAX COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…
* UNTIL 1015 AM EDT
* AT 709 AM EDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN HAD FALLEN CAPABLE OF PRODUCING FLASH FLOODING. RADAR ESTIMATES THAT UP TO 3 INCHES OF RAIN HAVE ALREADY FALLEN ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE WARNED AREA. STREAMS ARE RISING EXTREMELY RAPIDLY.
* SOME LOCATIONS THAT ARE AFFECTED BY THE HEAVY RAIN INCLUDE
ALEXANDRIA…ANNANDALE…ARLINGTON…BALLSTON…BELLE HAVEN… BURKE…FRANCONIA…HYBLA VALLEY…LAKE BARCROFT…LINCOLNIA… MCLEAN…MERRIFIELD…OAKTON…REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT…ROSSLYN… SPRINGFIELD…THE I395 AND I495 INTERCHANGE…THE I66 AND I495 INTERCHANGE…TYSONS CORNER…VIENNA…WOLF TRAP…ASPEN HILL… BETHESDA…CHEVY CHASE…COLESVILLE…FAIRLAND…HILLANDALE… POTOMAC…ROCKVILLE…TAKOMA PARK…THE AMERICAN LEGION BRIDGE…
EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING OF SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS…URBAN AREAS…HIGHWAYS…STREETS…UNDERPASSES AND OTHER DRAINAGE AREAS AND LOW LYING SPOTS.
MOST FLASH FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. NEVER DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER COVERS THE ROAD. FLOODWATER USUALLY IS DEEPER THAN IT APPEARS. JUST ONE FOOT OF FLOWING WATER IS POWERFUL ENOUGH TO SWEEP VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD. MAKE THE SMART CHOICE WHEN FLOODED ROADS ARE ENCOUNTERED…TURN AROUND…DONT DROWN.
About four inches of steady rain dumped on the area led to more than 30 water-related calls and 10 rescues of drivers stranded in flooded roadways.
In case the nearing storm produces similar results, MCFRS is warning motorists to be cautious around Connecticut Avenue at Rock Creek, River Road at Cabin John Creek and along Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park.
It was there that Rock Creek flooded over the Cedar Lane roadway bridge, stranding or incapacitating at least four cars in the matter of minutes on April 30.
“Flash floods more often occur in mountain streams, hilly areas or low-lying areas. But they do happen in urban and suburban areas like Montgomery County, as well,” according to an MCFRS notice put out on Thursday. “Flash floods can occur even though it’s not raining where you are. It may be raining hard farther upstream and raining so hard that the water can not be absorbed into the ground.”
It can take just six inches of water to reach the bottom of most passenger cars, which could mean a loss of control and stalling.
The long duration of the April 30 rain led to flooding on roadways not particularly close to streams or creeks. One motorist got stranded in a flash flood on Democracy Boulevard.
“Never drive through a flooded road or bridge. Turn Around – Don’t Drown and try an alternate route,” MCFRS said. ”In many cases, it takes far less than a foot of water to incapacitate a vehicle.”
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Montgomery County until 8 p.m. Thursday. At this time, there is no Severe Thunderstorm Warning for neighboring D.C. or Prince George’s County.
The NWS has also issued a Flood Watch (in addition to the Flash Flood Warning) for areas around the Potomac River, including the Potomac River near Little Falls:
…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VA HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WATCH FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVER IN MARYLAND…WEST VIRGINIA…VIRGINIA…
POTOMAC RIVER AT WILLIAMSPORT AFFECTING WASHINGTON AND BERKELEY COUNTIES POTOMAC RIVER AT HARPERS FERRY AFFECTING WASHINGTON AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES POTOMAC RIVER AT POINT OF ROCKS AFFECTING FREDERICK AND LOUDOUN COUNTIES POTOMAC RIVER NEAR LITTLE FALLS AFFECTING MONTGOMERY…FAIRFAX AND LOUDOUN COUNTIES THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VA HAS ISSUED A
* FLOOD WATCH FOR THE POTOMAC RIVER NEAR LITTLE FALLS.
* FROM SATURDAY MORNING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 10.0 FEET.
* MINOR FLOODING IS POSSIBLE.
* FLOOD STAGE MAY BE REACHED BY SATURDAY EVENING. PREPARATIONS FOR FLOODING SHOULD BE TAKEN BY THIS TIME.
The National Weather Service on Wednesday warned that much of our area could see lots of rain in the next few days.
A Hazardous Weather Outlook from NWS says a cold front late Thursday and into Friday could mean lots of rain and flash flooding:
.DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT
SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING LOCALLY DAMAGING WIND GUSTS AND LARGE HAIL…ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE CENTRAL SHENANDOAH VALLEY INTO THE POTOMAC HIGHLANDS.
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY
WIDESPREAD HEAVY RAINFALL IS POSSIBLE AHEAD OF A SLOW-MOVING COLD FRONT LATE THURSDAY THROUGH EARLY FRIDAY WHICH COULD LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. ISOLATED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND THURSDAY NIGHT WITH LOCALLY DAMAGING WIND GUSTS AND ISOLATED TORNADOES BEING THE PRIMARY THREATS.
Don’t expect much storm activity on Wednesday. But be prepared for flooded areas on Friday morning:
Storms today will be limited to the areas west of I-81. Better chances regionwide of storms tomorrow. Heavy rain Thu night and Friday
— TerpWeather (@TerpWeather) May 14, 2014
About 2-3 inches of rain is in the forecast. On Wednesday afternoon, NWS issued a Flash Flood Watch for late Thursday night into Friday.
The extreme amount of rain on Wednesday washed out a section of the Chevy Chase Club’s stone wall that runs along Connecticut Avenue.
For safety reasons, the club (6100 Connecticut Ave.) has closed down a section of sidewalk where the wall came crumbling down.
Pedestrians won’t be able to pass between the club’s middle driveway entrance and the old trolley stop. Chevy Chase Village issued an alert about the situation on Thursday and said the club’s manager will let the Village know when the debris is cleaned up and the sidewalk reopened.
Much of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area got close to five inches of rain on Wednesday.
(Update at 2:15 p.m.) There’s another reported vehicle in water rescue on Cabin John Parkway under the MacArthur Boulevard bridge.
(Update at 2 p.m.) MCFRS reports another water rescue, this time at Burning Tree Road and Melody Lane. MCFRS is moving more swift water rescue teams to the Bethesda area, according to spokesperson Pete Piringer.
(Update at 1:25 p.m.) Another vehicle is trapped in high standing water on Wednesday afternoon in Bethesda.
According to MCFRS spokesperson Pete Piringer, a vehicle is trapped in water on Bradley Boulevard and Woodhaven Drive, one of a handful of car in water calls the department is responding to on Wednesday. There’s also an apparent vehicle in water on Bradley Boulevard at Fallen Oak Drive.
This vehicle you see above got trapped by high standing water on Democracy Boulevard near Fernwood Road at around 12:45 p.m.
It’s a good example of why to avoid the flooding happening on a number of area roads.
MCFRS units responded to the scene and reported no one is in the vehicle.
Traffic continued to pass the area in the far left lane at the time of the incident. Much of the road has been able to drain since.
Photos via TrafficLand.com
(Update at 12:45 p.m.) The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for much of the region until 3 p.m. and says :
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WARNING FOR URBAN AREAS AND SMALL STREAMS IN…THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, WESTERN HOWARD COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND, MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND, WESTERN PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND, ARLINGTON COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA, CITY OF ALEXANDRIA IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA, CITY OF FAIRFAX IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA ,CITY OF FALLS CHURCH IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA, FAIRFAX COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA, LOUDOUN COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA
* UNTIL 300 PM EDT
* AT 903 AM EDT…RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN OF UP TO ONE INCH HAD FALLEN IN THE METRO AREA IN THE LAST TWO HOURS. SIMILAR RAINFALL RATES ARE EXPECTED FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS…WHICH WILL CAUSE STREAMS TO RISE OUT OF THEIR BANKS AND CAUSE FLOODING IN URBAN AREAS.
A FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR HAS BEEN REPORTED. STREAM RISES WILL BE SLOW. HOWEVER…ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS IMMEDIATELY.
MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. NEVER DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. FLOOD WATERS ARE USUALLY DEEPER THAN THEY APPEAR. JUST ONE FOOT OF FLOWING WATER IS POWERFUL ENOUGH TO SWEEP VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD. WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS MAKE THE SMART CHOICE…TURN AROUND…DONT DROWN.
There are already reports of standing water on roads around the area, including the northbound Rockville Pike ramp to the outer loop of the Beltway.
On Wednesday afternoon, it was reported that Bradley Boulevard at Fernwood Road was closed because of flooding. There was also the report of a vehicle trapped in high water at Democracy Boulevard and Fernwood Road.