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UPDATED: Flash Flood, Severe Thunderstorm Watches Issued

Man holding umbrella as storm brings heavy rain, wind and flooding on 2/24/16Update at 2:15 p.m. — Arlington is now under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch through 10 p.m. From the National Weather Service:

“SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE LIKELY LATE THIS AFTERNOON INTO TONIGHT. THE MAIN THREAT IS DAMAGING WIND WITH LARGE HAIL AND ISOLATED TORNADOES ALSO POSSIBLE. THE GREATEST RISK WILL BE BETWEEN 6 PM AND 10 PM…ESPECIALLY ACROSS VIRGINIA AND THE WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA.”

Earlier: Arlington and the D.C. region is under a Flash Flood Watch tonight.

Forecasters say heavy rainfall is expected and may cause localized flash flooding. The watch is in effect from 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday. From NWS:

* FROM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE TONIGHT

* THUNDERSTORMS WITH HEAVY RAINFALL ARE EXPECTED LATE TODAY AND TONIGHT. REPEATED THUNDERSTORMS WITH HEAVY RAINFALL OVER THE SAME AREA MAY RESULT IN FLASH FLOODING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

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