A line of storms rolled through Arlington this afternoon, knocking down trees and power lines and generally making a soggy mess of the area’s spring blooms.
As of 7:10 p.m. there were 724 Dominion customers without power in Arlington County. Among the areas where downed trees were reported were N. Dittmar Road in the Old Glebe neighborhood and in the parking lot of an apartment complex at S. Scott Street and Columbia Pike (above).
Weather watchers report that another line of storms may impact the area in another hour or two.
The Caps pep band and drumline will be on hand starting at 1:00 p.m., along with Slapshot (the Capitals mascot) and the Red Rockers cheerleaders. There will also be balloons for the kids and a slapshot cage for fans to test their hockey skills.
At 3:00 p.m., the rally will head into Hard Times Cafe (3028 Wilson Blvd) to watch Game 3 of the Capitals playoff with the New York Rangers. During the game, there will be raffles of autographed items and a giveaway of two Game 5 playoff tickets.
“We are proud to host this event and bring the Caps Playoff excitement to the streets of Clarendon,” said Hard Times owner Doug Welsh.
The budget is 5.1 percent higher than its previous budget, but yet contained no tax rate increase. Rising property assessments allowed the board to keep the property tax rate steady at 95.8 cents per $100. The personal and business property taxes will remain the same. Trash and recycling fees will decrease by 5 percent.
“Taking into account increase in real estate assessments and fee changes, the overall tax and fee burden for the average Arlington homeowner will increase 1.4% — or about $7 a month — an increase less than the current Baltimore-Washington region inflation rate of 3%,” the county said in a statement.
The budget includes increased funding for housing and ‘safety net’ programs, as well as a number of other priorities. Funding for Arlington Public Schools will increase $38 million, or 9 percent, to $480.5 million.
A tornado watch has been issued for the greater D.C. area until 9:00 tonight. From Arlington Alerts:
The National Weather Service has issued a TORNADO WATCH for jurisdictions within the National Capital Region effective immediately. The Tornado watch is in effect until 2100 this evening (Saturday 16 April). Possible wind gusts up to 60 mph. A TORNADO WATCH means that conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area