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Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued

Thunderstorm approaches Arlington, with Rosslyn, the Air Force Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery in the background (file photo)Severe thunderstorms may disrupt outdoor events in Arlington this afternoon and evening.

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch that’s in effect through 9:00 p.m.

Forecasters say strong storms are possible in the D.C. and Baltimore areas.

From the NWS:

DAMAGING THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING FOR THE BALTIMORE AND WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREAS AS WELL AS PORTIONS OF EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA…NORTHERN AND CENTRAL VIRGINIA…AND SOUTHERN MARYLAND. PLEASE MONITOR THIS SITUATION VERY CLOSELY AND ENSURE YOUR NOAA WEATHER RADIOS ARE SET TO ALERT MODE. SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS MAY BECOME NECESSARY FOR INDIVIDUAL STORMS AND WILL ALERT WEATHER RADIOS IF ISSUED. IF ONE IS ISSUED FOR YOUR AREA…KNOW WHAT TO DO. HERE ARE SOME SAFETY RULES TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN SEVERE WEATHER IS EXPECTED OR IS OCCURRING.

IF A WARNING IS ISSUED FOR YOUR SPOT…HEAD INDOORS IMMEDIATELY. GO TO THE LOWEST FLOOR AWAY FROM WINDOWS. A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM IS DEFINED AS PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE OR GREATER HAIL AND DAMAGING WIND GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR MORE.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO…COMMERCIAL RADIO OR TELEVISION FOR THE LATEST ON THIS POTENTIAL SEVERE WEATHER EVENT. ADDITIONAL WEATHER INFORMATION…CAN BE FOUND AT WEATHER.GOV/WASHINGTON OR WEATHER.GOV/BALTIMORE.

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