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UPDATE (3): Storm Brings Wind, Rain to Arlington

by ARLnow.com — September 18, 2012 at 2:28 pm 5,324 38 Comments

Update at 3:45 p.m. – Police are reporting high standing water on eastbound Route 50 in the area of Courthouse.

Update at 3:30 p.m. – Dominion is reporting only 93 customers without power in Arlington at this time.

Update at 3:20 p.m. — A tree has fallen into a house in the Claremont neighborhood, knocking over the chimney, according to scanner traffic. The tree also struck some power lines.

Update at 2:55 p.m. — The National Weather Service has just issued a Flash Flood Warning for Arlington and the surrounding area.

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
FLASH FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
250 PM EDT TUE SEP 18 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR… THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA… MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND… CITY OF FALLS CHURCH IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… ARLINGTON COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… NORTHWESTERN PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND… NORTHERN FAIRFAX COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…

* UNTIL 545 PM EDT

* AT 246 PM EDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN CAPABLE OF PRODUCING FLASH FLOODING. RADAR ESTIMATES THAT ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF UP TO 2 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED. AN INCH OF RAIN MAY FALL IN AS LITTLE AS 15 MINUTES…WHICH WILL RAPIDLY CAUSE PONDING OF WATER ON ROADWAYS. ADDITIONAL RAIN WOULD LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT ARE AFFECTED BY THE HEAVY RAIN INCLUDE ARLINGTON…BALLSTON…CHANTILLY…FALLS CHURCH…GREAT FALLS… HERNDON…MCLEAN…RESTON…ROSSLYN…TYSONS CORNER…VIENNA… BETHESDA…CHEVY CHASE…COLESVILLE…GAITHERSBURG… GERMANTOWN…OLNEY…POTOMAC…ROCKVILLE…TAKOMA PARK… ANACOSTIA…GEORGETOWN…DOWNTOWN WASHINGTON.

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.

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Arlington through 3:15 p.m.

Forecasters are warning of very dangerous conditions during the storm, which is approaching from the southwest.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR… THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA… MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND… CITY OF FAIRFAX IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… CITY OF FALLS CHURCH IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… CITY OF MANASSAS IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… ARLINGTON COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… CITY OF MANASSAS PARK IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… CITY OF ALEXANDRIA IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… SOUTHEASTERN LOUDOUN COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… EASTERN FAUQUIER COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… FAIRFAX COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…

* UNTIL 315 PM EDT

* AT 213 PM EDT… SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE DETECTED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM WARRENTON TO BEALETON… AND WERE MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH. THIS LINE OF STORMS IS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. SEVERE WINDS ARE EXPECTED DESPITE VERY LITTLE LIGHTNING BEING ASSOCIATED WITH THIS LINE.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE… HAYMARKET… MANASSAS… BULL RUN… ARCOLA… SOUTH RIDING… CENTREVILLE… LAKE RIDGE…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THIS IS A DANGEROUS LINE OF STORMS. IF YOU ARE IN ITS PATH… MOVE INDOORS TO A STURDY BUILDING AND STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS. WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO… REPORT SEVERE WEATHER TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OR TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

Photo (above) courtesy @jdhague4. Photo (below) courtesy WJLA.

  • Swag

    A storm this hyped had better not disappoint like most of them have the past few years.

    • craig

      agreed MFer

    • Swag

      C-

  • Mary-Austin

    Oh chit.
    Looks pretty severe from the doppler. I really hope we lose power at work.

    • your mom

      no no, cause then all the servers turn off, and then i have to stay late to get them up and running. it’s a big pain in the a$$

      • yes again

        WTF, No UPS!

        • Computer Wiz

          UPS only lets you bring down the servers in an “orderly fashion”….for the most part you can’t run servers off UPS.

  • Dog is my Pilot

    We will be suspending beverage service at this time. Please return to your seats and securely fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to get a bit bumpy for a while.

  • SHLady

    just starting up in Kingstowne

  • B22201

    I don’t want to get wet!

    On a side note, it probably also means that people won’t be asking for hand-outs next to the Metro, CVS, from a scooter, etc.

    • Michael Scott

      That’s what she said

  • Mike

    Power already out in EFC. Not a drop of rain or wind since this AM. Does not bode well.

  • KARLington

    We should get death-defying but very cool pictures of the flooding W&OD/4 Mile Run areas from some crazy person by 6 pm.

  • nom de guerre

    Swift water rescue craft and personnel have been deployed to Donaldson Run.

    • Ballston

      Mighty Poseidon have mercy on their souls.

  • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

    This Wally Ballou standing by at Donaldson Run waiting to provide you minute by minute coverage of the impending flood.

  • novasteve

    Tornado warning in Moco right now. Any power outage in arlington?

  • Dr_Klahn

    No, but this should wash away all the dog turds in Courthouse you were complaining about.

    • nom de guerre

      nice

    • Willowy

      +1

    • @#@@ Flows Downhil

      Watch out Rossyln !!

    • drax

      And put out cigarettes.

  • DarkHeart

    Somewhere out by 7 Corners looking east to Ballston?

    • Reading is Fundamental

      “Approaching storm as seen from a Ballston office building (courtesy @jdhaugue4)”

  • Runaway Train

    How did Ballston get its own designation? “SOME LOCATIONS THAT ARE AFFECTED BY THE HEAVY RAIN INCLUDE ARLINGTON…BALLSTON”

    • TD

      Rosslyn too! Maybe because they are a densely populated hub?

      • drax

        Same reason we sit around and talk about Ballston, etc. They are places.

  • JimPB

    3:30 PM
    North Arlington

    Steady rain (but not a deluge).
    Little wind.

    Nature has cleaned some branches from the trees, but not a remarkable number.

    Not even a flicker in the electric power

    Except for the hours of wind during most of the AM hours, like a typical rainy day.

  • Lee-n-Glebe

    That is a great picture!

  • Mary-Austin

    very coole pic.
    looking southeast toward skyline?

  • YTK

    Maaaaa!!!!!

    • Tabby_TwoTone

      I hope Toto is alright at home.

  • JimPB

    4:45 PM
    North Arlington

    Light rain. No wind. Not even a electric power flicker. If this is it, no big deal here (hurrah!). The morning winds did seem to finish cleaning the trees of this year’s prolific crop of acorns (no squirrels have appeared to eat and store any of the crop).

    • Keyboard-trained Squirrel

      Um – what’s that address again?

  • ArlPup

    You didn’t build that storm, the government did.

    • drax

      47% of Americans think they are entitled to having power after a storm.

      • Mitt Romney

        And they can eat my magic shorts

  • Id

    They are going to add flotation devices to the Streetcar to help it in these situations of inclement weather.

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