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UPDATE: Arlington Under Severe Thunderstorm Warning

by ARLnow.com August 17, 2016 at 4:35 pm 0

Update at 11:15 p.m. — Numerous tree branches and power lines were reported to be down around Arlington following the storm. Currently, 366 Dominion customers are without power in the county.

Update at 9:05 p.m. — A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Arlington.

Earlier: Arlington County is under a Flash Flood Watch tonight (Wednesday) due to expected heavy rain.

From the National Weather Service:

FLASH FLOOD WATCH FROM 4PM EDT WED UNTIL 3AM EDT THU

… FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE TONIGHT…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF MARYLAND… THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND VIRGINIA… INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS… IN MARYLAND… ANNE ARUNDEL… CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST HOWARD… CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST MONTGOMERY… NORTHWEST HOWARD… NORTHWEST MONTGOMERY… PRINCE GEORGES AND SOUTHERN BALTIMORE. THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. IN VIRGINIA… ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA… CLARKE… CULPEPER… EASTERN LOUDOUN… FAIRFAX… FREDERICK VA… GREENE… MADISON… NORTHERN FAUQUIER… NORTHERN VIRGINIA BLUE RIDGE… ORANGE… PAGE… PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK… RAPPAHANNOCK… ROCKINGHAM… SHENANDOAH… SOUTHERN FAUQUIER… WARREN AND WESTERN LOUDOUN.

* FROM 4 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE TONIGHT.

* THUNDERSTORMS WILL INCREASE IN COVERAGE DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS. THERE IS POTENTIAL FOR RAINFALL RATES OF ONE TO TWO INCHES PER HOUR IN ADDITION TO REPETITIVE THUNDERSTORMS.

* LOCALLY EXCESSIVE RAINFALL COULD CAUSE RAPID FLOODING OF SMALL STREAMS AS WELL AS LOW-LYING AND URBAN AREAS.

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.

Flash flooding does occur in Arlington, but it usually doesn’t prompt dramatic water rescues that you might see on the news in Fairfax County or elsewhere. Frequently flooded areas in Arlington include a low-lying section of Route 110 and the trails along Four Mile Run.

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