Strong Storms Sweep Through Arlington

by ARLnow.com July 13, 2011 at 3:04 pm 3,955 29 Comments

Update at 4:10 p.m. — That’s all folks. The storms have moved southeast, out of Arlington.

Update at 4:10 p.m. — N. Vance Street is reported to be blocked at Lee Highway due to a large branch in the roadway. Police are on scene.

Update at 3:55 p.m. — Several manhole covers have been dislodged by the flooding. Dislodged manhole covers have been reported on the 1200 block of S. Scott Street (since taken care of by the fire department) and at 5th Street and and N. Montague Street. There has also been a report of a car that was damaged after driving into an open sewer portal along Columbia Pike.

Update at 3:35 p.m. — A second severe thunderstorm is approaching Arlington. From the county’s Office of Emergency Management:

The National Weather Service has issued a second SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for Arlington County until 4:15 PM. Doppler radar indicated a thunderstorm approaching the County which has intensified past severe limits. This storm will effect the entire county with heavy rain, large hail, and damaging winds of 60 MPH possible.

Significant cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm. All outdoor activities should be postponed until this storm passes. Severe Thunderstorms can produce tornadoes with little or no advanced warning. Residents are urged to seek safe shelter indoors until the storm passes and remain alert for any additional warnings.

Update at 3:35 p.m. — Flashing traffic lights have been reported at Old Dominion Drive and N. Glebe Road, 15th Street and N. Courthouse Road, Columbia Pike and S. Joyce Street, and Lee Highway and N. Harrison Street.

Update at 3:30 p.m. — A transformer fire has been reported on the the 2700 block of N. Wakefield Street. The fire department is investigating.

Update at 3:30 p.m. — Possible traffic issues due to standing water have been reported on Route 50 between Rosslyn and Courthouse, on Route 50 near Washington Boulevard and on Route 50 under the Glebe Road bridge.

Update at 3:10 p.m. — A flash flood warning has been issued for Arlington.

Storms are sweeping through Arlington this afternoon, bringing high winds, torrential rains and frequent lightning.

Numerous activated alarms and flashing traffic signals have been reported as a result of the storm. Some flooding of roadways has also been reported.

  • SaveDaveMcKenna

    So much for shredding anymore today.

  • charlie

    just drove East Falls Church to COlumbia Pike.
    car stuck WB Wilson Blvd at Four Mile Run;
    sewer tops popping off in Falls Church (never seen that before).
    visibility was near zero.

    • othersideoftheriver

      Has Four Mile Run risen to wash *across* Wilson Boulevard?

      • samsonite

        Might have during Hurricane Isabel.

      • charlie

        crossed it on Wilson and Carlin Springs.
        honestly, couldn’t tell. i tried to look but had to focus on driving.
        I would bet that at Wilson it did wash over the bridge.
        Carlin Springs — definitely not.

        • samsonite

          To go over Wilson, 4MR would have to rise at least 10 feet, maybe more.

    • Joe Hoya

      The walls in the 53rd precinct are bleeding.

  • Derpintine

    Is WILD out there…

  • Stu Pendus

    New severe storm warning issued until 4:15.

    • steve85

      Thank you Doug Hill for the update

      • SaveDaveMcKenna

        Where’s Kevin Sheehan when you need him?

  • madisonmanor

    The real question is – did Donaldson Run get any rain? It wasn’t mentioned ANYWHERE in the updates. . .

    • steve85

      Who cares

      • Me

        Your mom thought it was romantic when we were watching from the bedroom.

        • Me

          That was a little to far Me.

          • Me

            I apologize steve85

          • steve85

            Wow… I see we have a comedian here.

    • Al Roker

      Ever since the first storm passed through, Donaldson Run has been in a state of extreme drought.

      • Joe Hoya

        Donaldson Run will henceforth be called Donaldson Dry Ditch.

        • steve85

          What a lame joke… try again please…

          • Tre

            Donaldson Wrung?

          • Joe Hoya

            They can’t all be gems.

          • steve85

            Yeah true coming from u

      • Dan Rather

        Extreme is an understatement

        • steve85

          I see u didn’t finish coloring your picture.

  • JamesE

    sweet, I am going to hydroplane the entire drive home.

  • Southeast Ben

    Has it stopped sprinkling yet?

  • Take it down a notch

    I went for a bike ride this evening around north Arlington with brief excursions into McLean and Falls Church. I saw a huge tree down across N Pollard St west of N 30th St, which is near…wait for it…Donaldson Run. Also the traffic light was blinking at the intersection of Williamsburg and Westmoreland. Other than that, I didn’t see any storm damage. I did notice that traffic on 66W was barely moving when I crossed the trail bridge in Ballston at 8:30 pm.

  • Lacey Forest

    I was just happy to get home and find the power on, though the clocks on the range and microwave were blinking.


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