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UPDATED: Severe Thunderstorm, Flash Flood Warning Issued

Update at 5:55 p.m. — A Flash Flood Warning has also been issued for the area, through 8:45 p.m.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING

* UNTIL 845 PM EDT

* AT 551 PM EDT…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING
HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE AREA. FLASH FLOODING IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN
SHORTLY.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT ARE EXPECTED TO EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE… ARLINGTON…ALEXANDRIA…BETHESDA…ANNANDALE…CLINTON… SPRINGFIELD…FORT WASHINGTON…FAIRFAX…FORT HUNT…VIENNA… GROVETON…FORESTVILLE…FALLS CHURCH…HUNTINGTON…LARGO… CORAL HILLS…BLADENSBURG…MANTUA…FORT BELVOIR AND PIMMIT HILLS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TURN AROUND…DON`T DROWN WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS. MOST FLOOD
DEATHS OCCUR IN VEHICLES.

Update at 5:40 p.m. — Another Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Arlington.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FROM 5:31PM EDT TUE UNTIL 6:15PM EDT TUE

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR… FAIRFAX COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… THE CITY OF FALLS CHURCH IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… THE CITY OF ALEXANDRIA IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… ARLINGTON COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… THE CITY OF FAIRFAX IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…

* UNTIL 615 PM EDT

* AT 531 PM EDT… A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER SOUTH RIDING… MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

HAZARD… 70 MPH WIND GUSTS AND HALF DOLLAR SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE… RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT… DAMAGING WINDS WILL CAUSE SOME TREES AND LARGE BRANCHES TO FALL. THIS COULD INJURE THOSE OUTDOORS… AS WELL AS DAMAGE HOMES AND VEHICLES. ROADWAYS MAY BECOME BLOCKED BY DOWNED TREES. LOCALIZED POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE. UNSECURED LIGHT OBJECTS MAY BECOME PROJECTILES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE… ARLINGTON… ALEXANDRIA… CENTREVILLE… RESTON… ANNANDALE… SPRINGFIELD… FAIRFAX… FORT HUNT… VIENNA… GROVETON… FALLS CHURCH… HUNTINGTON… MANTUA… FORT BELVOIR… PIMMIT HILLS… CRYSTAL CITY… REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT… MCLEAN… ROSSLYN AND BURKE. GET INDOORS TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM WIND AND LIGHTNING. TREES AROUND YOU MAY BE DOWNED FROM DAMAGING WINDS… SO IF YOU ARE NEAR LARGE TREES… MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR. DON’T DRIVE UNDERNEATH TREES OR IN WOODED AREAS UNTIL THE THREAT HAS PASSED.

Update at 2:25 p.m. — Arlington is now under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning through 3:15 p.m.

Earlier: Arlington is now under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch.

The watch is in effect until 9 p.m. tonight for much of the Mid-Atlantic region.

The National Weather Service says that isolated severe thunderstorms may produce “damaging winds and large hail” this afternoon and evening.

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