The remnants of Tropical Storm Fred are making their way north, bringing the possibility of flash floods in the D.C. area.
Now a tropical depression after landfall in the Florida Panhandle, the bulk of the storm is expected to stay west of the metro area, tracking over West Virginia. But Arlington and surrounding areas are still expected to get soaked by heavy rains caused by Fred.
The National Weather Service this evening issued a Flash Flood Watch for the area, starting at 8 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) and extending to 10 p.m. Wednesday.
A Flash Flood Watch is in effect this evening through Wed evening. The remnants of Fred will move north along the Appalachians. Frequent showers and embedded thunderstorms will result in rain rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour. Rain totals of 3 inches possible. pic.twitter.com/YyA3j9aZKr
— NWS Baltimore-Washington (@NWS_BaltWash) August 17, 2021
More from NWS:
The Flash Flood Watch continues…
* Through Wednesday evening.
* Multiple rounds of heavy showers and thunderstorms will affect the region from this evening through Wednesday evening. Tropical moisture will lead to potential precipitation rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour. Localized storm total rain amounts in excess of 3 inches are possible.
* Heavy rain over a short amount of time may result in rapid rises on streams and creeks and in urbanized and poor drainage areas.
You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.
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