Update at 4:40 p.m. — Arlington is now under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning. From the National Weather Service:
BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
Severe Thunderstorm Warning
National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC
426 PM EDT Tue May 4 2021
The National Weather Service in Sterling Virginia has issued a
* Severe Thunderstorm Warning…
* Until 515 PM EDT.
* At 426 PM EDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from Chantilly to near Bull Run to 10 miles west of Montclair, moving east at 35 mph.
HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.
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, Dale City, Annandale, Springfield, South Riding, Fort Washington, Fairfax, Fort Hunt, Vienna, Groveton, Falls Church, Huntington, Mantua, Fort Belvoir, Pimmit Hills, Woodbridge, National Harbor and Reagan National Airport.
For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.
Torrential rainfall is occurring with these storms, and may lead to flash flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Arlington VA, Alexandria VA, Centreville VA until 5:15 PM EDT pic.twitter.com/FS9ZfrkKwV
— NWS Baltimore-Washington (@NWS_BaltWash) May 4, 2021
Earlier: Arlington County is under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch this afternoon and evening.
Storms are expected to flare up later today, potentially packing large hail, frequent lightning and wind gusts up to 70 mph.
The storms will be scattered, however, and may completely miss Arlington as they did yesterday. Much of Virginia and the entire immediate D.C. region is under the storm watch.
More from the National Weather Service:
A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for parts of DC, MD, VA, WV until 8 PM EDT pic.twitter.com/HrARsmI0AS
— NWS Severe Tstorm (@NWSSevereTstorm) May 4, 2021