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UPDATE: NWS Issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning

(Updated at 3:40 p.m.) The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Arlington and the rest of the metro area until 4:30 p.m. This is the same system that has prompted tornado warnings in nearby counties. From NWS:

.DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
THE DIS
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…
WESTERN PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND…
SOUTHERN HOWARD COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND…
EASTERN LOUDOUN COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…
NORTHERN FAIRFAX COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…

* UNTIL 430 PM EDT

* AT 323 PM EDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE DETECTED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM 5 MILES NORTHWEST OF POOLESVILLE TO SOUTH RIDING…
AND WERE MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH. THIS LINE OF STORMS IS CAPABLE OF
PRODUCING DESTRUCTIVE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 70 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ROCKVILLE…
THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA…
RESTON…
HERNDON…
GERMANTOWN…
MONTGOMERY VILLAGE…
NORTH POTOMAC…
GAITHERSBURG…

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.

THIS LINE OF STORMS HAS A HISTORY OF PRODUCING WIDESPREAD WIND
DAMAGE. SEEK SHELTER INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE AND STAY AWAY FROM
WINDOWS.

Many events and activities have been cancelled for this afternoon and evening in light of the storms, including those listed below:

  • Arlington Public Schools after school activities and late buses
  • Rosslyn Farmers Market and Lunchtime Concert
  • Pentagon Row’s “Rock at the Row” concert
  • Shirlington’s “Shirlala Music Festival”

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