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by Chris Teale August 15, 2017 at 12:15 pm 0

Tuesday’s heavy rains caused some flooding around Arlington, especially in the northern reaches of the county.

An overflowing storm drain brought elevated water levels to the intersection of Military Road and 35th Street N., where drivers had to contend with significant standing water following a slug of heavy rain this morning. Police were on scene, but there were no road closures.

An earlier report suggested higher, more hazardous water levels along Military Road while the rain was still falling.

Other areas of reported flooding included the area of Glebe Road and Chain Bridge and the intersection of Yorktown Blvd and N. Harrison Street — though no standing water was observed there when an ARLnow.com reporter drove by.

The National Weather Service warned earlier today about flash floods in the region, with the threat running through early afternoon. The heavy rain that brought flooding to Arlington appeared to bring more severe conditions to Northwest D.C., where residents posted photos and videos (below) of roads turned into fast-moving streams.

Arlington’s Dept. of Public Safety Communications & Emergency Management, meanwhile, reminded residents to “turn around and don’t drown” when encountering flooded roadways.

by ARLnow.com August 15, 2017 at 11:20 am 0

(Updated at 11:35 a.m.) Much of Arlington and portions of Fairfax County, D.C. and suburban Maryland are now under a Flash Flood Warning.

The National Weather Service issued the warning around 11:15 a.m. It is in effect through 2:15 p.m.

Forecasters say heavy rain may produce flooding. Already, some flooding issues are being reported in part of the county, including along Military Road in north Arlington and in the area of Glebe Road and Chain Bridge.

More from the National Weather Service:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR… THE NORTHWESTERN DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA… SOUTHEASTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND… NORTHWESTERN PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND… ARLINGTON COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… NORTHEASTERN FAIRFAX COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… * UNTIL 215 PM EDT * AT 1114 AM EDT, DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE AREA. UP TO ONE INCH OF RAIN HAS ALREADY FALLEN. FLASH FLOODING IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN SHORTLY. * SOME LOCATIONS THAT MAY EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE… ARLINGTON, BETHESDA, LANGLEY PARK, BLADENSBURG, MCLEAN, HOWARD UNIVERSITY, FORT TOTTEN, ROSSLYN, HYATTSVILLE, TAKOMA PARK, KEMP MILL, CHEVY CHASE, SOUTH KENSINGTON, RIVERDALE PARK, FOREST GLEN, MARTIN’S ADDITIONS, NORTH CHEVY CHASE, FRIENDSHIP VILLAGE, GEORGETOWN AND BALLSTON.

by ARLnow.com August 7, 2017 at 7:45 am 0

Update at 4:25 p.m. — The Flash Flood Watch has been cancelled.

Arlington and much of the rest of the D.C. area is under a Flash Flood Watch today.

Heavy rain and storms are expected today. Rainfall rates of 1-2 inches per hours could produce flash flooding, forecasters warn.

More from the National Weather Service:

… FLASH FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM EDT THIS MORNING THROUGH THIS EVENING… THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT… * FROM 9 AM EDT THIS MORNING THROUGH THIS EVENING * MULTIPLE ROUNDS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TODAY WITH LOCALIZED HEAVY RAINFALL RATES OF 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR POSSIBLE. * RUNOFF FROM EXCESSIVE RAINFALL MAY CAUSE RAPID RISES OF WATER IN LOW-LYING AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS AS WELL AS STREAMS AND CREEKS, RESULTING IN FLASH FLOODING. URBAN AREAS WILL BE MOST SUSCEPTIBLE. 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. &&

by ARLnow.com July 28, 2017 at 6:35 pm 0

Today’s heavy rain has turned Four Mile Run into a raging torrent of murky water.

A Columbia Pike resident posted videos of the overflowing stream on Twitter this afternoon (Friday). The video was taken near S. George Mason Drive.

No major flooding problems were reported during the daytime Friday in Arlington, though forecasters warn that more rain may cause additional problems tonight.

There have, however, been scattered weather-related issues reported. A number of traffic signals have started flashing or gone dark and, as of 6:30 p.m., 165 Dominion customers were without power.

On N. Troy Street near Rosslyn, between Key Blvd and Wilson Blvd, a large tree fell on cars and power lines, according to scanner reports.

More videos of Four Mile Run, after the jump.

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by ARLnow.com July 28, 2017 at 10:40 am 0

Updated at 6:25 p.m. — The National Weather Service is warning of a continued threat of very heavy rainfall and flooding tonight.

Update at 3:20 p.m. — A new Flash Flood Warning has been issued for southern portions of Arlington.

Earlier: The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Arlington, warning that flooding is “imminent” due to very heavy rain.

The Flash Flood Warning covers southern Arlington County, Falls Church, Alexandria, central Fairfax County and Fairfax city.

More from NWS:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR… THE CITY OF FAIRFAX IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… SOUTHERN ARLINGTON COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… THE CITY OF FALLS CHURCH IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… CENTRAL FAIRFAX COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… THE CITY OF ALEXANDRIA IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… * UNTIL 230 PM EDT * AT 1024 AM EDT, DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE AREA. OVER TWO INCHES OF RAIN HAVE ALREADY FALLEN NEAR MERRIFIELD, WITH OVER ONE INCH IN MUCH OF THE REMAINDER OF THE AREA. ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF ONE TO TWO INCHES ARE POSSIBLE. FLASH FLOODING IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN SHORTLY. * SOME LOCATIONS THAT MAY EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE… ARLINGTON, ALEXANDRIA, RESTON, ANNANDALE, SPRINGFIELD, FAIRFAX, VIENNA, FALLS CHURCH, HUNTINGTON, MANTUA, PIMMIT HILLS, MCLEAN, POTOMAC, BURKE, OAKTON, LINCOLNIA, TYSONS CORNER, FRANCONIA, WOLF TRAP AND GREAT FALLS. THIS INCLUDES FLOOD PRONE LOCATIONS SOUTH TROY STREET NEAR LONG BRANCH… WEST STREET NEAR BRADDOCK ROAD… HOLMES RUN BELOW LAKE BARCROFT… WOODBURN ROAD AT ACCOTINK CREEK… BEULAH ROAD AT BROWNS MILL ROAD AT WOLFTRAP CREEK… FAIRFAX BOULEVARD AT OAK STREET… FAIRFAX BOULEVARD AT UNIVERSITY DRIVE… AND PICKETT RD AT ACCOTINK CREEK NEAR OLD PICKETT RD. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS. MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN VEHICLES. A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. IF YOU ARE IN THE WARNED AREA MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IMMEDIATELY. RESIDENTS LIVING ALONG STREAMS AND CREEKS SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATE PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. &&

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by ARLnow.com July 27, 2017 at 5:10 pm 0

Arlington County and much of the D.C. region is under Flash Flood Watch from Friday afternoon to Saturday afternoon.

Forecasters say a slow-moving storm system is threatening to dump three inches or more of rain, starting Friday. Residents are being urged to take precautions near streams and creeks, in low-lying areas, and on the roads,

More from the National Weather Service:

… FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A * FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF MARYLAND, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, VIRGINIA, AND WEST VIRGINIA… * FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON * LOW PRESSURE IS GOING TO DEVELOP OVER THE MID ATLANTIC FRIDAY AND REMAIN NEARLY STATIONARY THIS WEEKEND. THIS WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BRING 3 INCHES OR MORE OF RAIN TO THE REGION THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON. THUNDERSTORMS COULD CAUSE LOCALLY HIGHER RAINFALL AMOUNTS. * HEAVY RAINFALL MAY RESULT IN RAPID RISES IN STREAMS AND CREEKS. THIS COULD QUICKLY RESULT IN FLOODING… ESPECIALLY IN LOW LYING AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS 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. 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.

by Chris Teale July 6, 2017 at 8:25 am 0

Arlington County is under a flash flood watch until 7 p.m. tonight, with the rest of the D.C. metropolitan area.

The National Weather Service said between one and three inches of rain are possible, with multiple rounds of rainfall throughout the day. More showers are expected this afternoon, and thunderstorms may also hit the region.

NWS advises that those living near rivers, streams and creeks should watch water levels during heavy rain.

Update at 5:55 p.m. — The Flash Flood Watch was extended until 2 a.m.

by ARLnow.com June 19, 2017 at 10:10 am 0

Heavy rains and severe storms may make for a challenging evening commute today (Monday).

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch, warning of 1-2 inches of rain or more this evening. (See below.)

NWS and local authorities are also cautioning that some storms today may be severe.

The Flash Flood Watch:

… FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THIS EVENING… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A * FLASH FLOOD WATCH… * FROM 3 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THIS EVENING * A COLD FRONT WILL MOVE THROUGH THE REGION THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY THIS EVENING. WIDESPREAD SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL ACCOMPANY THIS FRONT SOME OF WHICH COULD PRODUCE INTENSE RAINFALL RATES IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. WIDESPREAD RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES ARE EXPECTED WITH LOCALIZED AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 4 INCHES POSSIBLE WHICH COULD RESULT IN FLASH FLOODING. * FLASH FLOODING OF CREEKS, STREAMS AND ROADWAYS WILL BE POSSIBLE, ESPECIALLY IN URBAN AND POOR DRAINAGE 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. &&

by ARLnow.com March 31, 2017 at 9:15 am 0

(Updated at 9:55 a.m.) It’s going to be a rainy day in Arlington and the D.C. area, with heavy rain and scattered storms likely.

The rain may cause some minor flooding problems on the roadways and along streams, forecasters say.

“Rain will be locally heavy at times through this evening,” said the National Weather Service. “Localized flooding of small streams and creeks as well as urban areas is possible late this morning into this evening.”

More from NWS:

At 907 AM EDT, radar indicated showers with isolated thunderstorms were located along a line extending from Ashburn to Aquia Creek. Movement was northeast at 40 mph.

Locally heavy rainfall can be expected.

Locations impacted include…
Arlington, Alexandria, Stafford, Columbia, Germantown, Centreville, Waldorf, Dale City, Rockville, Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Reston, Leesburg, Annandale, Clinton, Olney, Springfield, College Park, South Riding and Fort Washington.

Locally heavy rainfall is also occurring with these showers, and may cause ponding of water on roadways and cause small streams to go out of their banks. Be alert for the potential of standing water and hydroplaning.

The weather is already causing problems on the roads and at the airport:

by ARLnow.com September 29, 2016 at 8:55 am 0

Pumpkins at the Columbia Pike farmers market (Flickr pool photo by Alan Kotok)

Garvey to Hold Book Discussion — Arlington County Board Chair Libby Garvey is launching a series of community book discussions on various topics. Tonight Garvey and School Board Chair Nancy Van Doren will discuss the best-selling book “Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School.” The discussion will take place at Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street) from 7:30-9 p.m. [Facebook]

Beer Store, TechShop Collaborate for New Kegerator — Crystal City Wine Shop (220 20th Street S.) has teamed up with nearby TechShop to create a new kegerator. The custom-modified refrigerator allows the store to offer varieties of craft beer that aren’t available in bottles or cans. Customers can take the beer home in fillable cans known as crowlers. [Washington Business Journal]

Cosi Files for Bankruptcy — The Cosi chain of sandwich and salad restaurants has filed for bankruptcy and closed 40 percent of its locations. Among the closed stores: the Cosi in Courthouse. A rep for the company told us yesterday: “The decision to close this restaurant was based on its financial performance and market density. At this time, we do not have any plans to reopen this restaurant.” [Nation’s Restaurant News]

Flash Flood Watch Continues — Forecasters are expecting several more inches of rain to fall between now and Saturday. The potential for flash flooding along streams and low-lying areas remains and a Flash Flood Watch is still in effect. [Twitter, Twitter]

Flickr pool photo by Alan Kotok

by ARLnow.com September 27, 2016 at 6:45 pm 0

Flooding and rain on 10/15/14

(Updated at 1:10 p.m.) Arlington County and much of the D.C. area could see upwards of 3-6 inches of rain between Wednesday night and Friday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the area that’s now in effect from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 8 a.m. Friday, warning of the potential for streams and creeks to flood.

From NWS:

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT…

* FROM 6 PM EDT THIS EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING

* A POWERFUL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM OVER THE MIDWEST WILL BRING PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN TO OUR AREA TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT.

* WIDESPREAD RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES ARE EXPECTED… WITH LOCALIZED SPOTS POTENTIALLY GETTING UP TO A FOOT OF RAIN. ADDITIONALLY… THE EASTERN SLOPES OF THE NORTHERN BLUE RIDGE AND CATOCTIN MOUNTAINS HAVE AN INCREASED RISK FOR GREATER TOTALS.

* HIGH POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR FLOODING OF SMALL STREAMS… AS WELL AS URBAN AREAS. ADDITIONALLY THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR THE HARDEST HIT LOCATIONS TO SEE SEVERE FLOODING AND FLASH FLOODING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THESE NEXT FEW DAYS WILL BE A DANGEROUS TIME… REQUIRING MORE THAN THE USUAL AWARENESS… PLANNING AND PREPARATIONS.

IF YOU ARE NEAR STREAMS OR DRAINAGE DITCHES… KEEP AN EYE ON THEM AND BE READY TO QUICKLY SEEK HIGHER GROUND. WATER MAY RISE RAPIDLY.

CLEAR OUT STORM DRAINS.

THOSE PRONE TO BASEMENT FLOODING SHOULD PREPARE. COMMUNITIES PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD PREPARE.

CONTINUE TO CHECK IN ON THE FORECAST FOR UPDATES.

WARNINGS WILL BE ISSUED FOR AREAS WHERE FLOODING IS IMMINENT. ENSURE YOU GET WARNINGS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE THROUGH YOUR MOBILE PHONE AND OR NOAA WEATHER RADIO.

BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION IF A WARNING IS ISSUED FOR WHERE YOU ARE OR IF FLOODING IS OBSERVED.

ENSURE YOUR KIDS DONT PLAY NEAR FLOOD WATERS.

REMEMBER IF YOU COME ACROSS WATER CROSSING A ROAD… TURN AROUND DONT DROWN!

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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.

by Buzz McClain June 23, 2016 at 8:00 am 0

It is a homeowner’s nightmare: You come down the stairs in the morning to start the day with a cup of coffee only to step into a puddle of water on the kitchen floor. A puddle? In fact, it is pooling from a leak under the sink, and it is spreading.

Good morning! Now what?

“When they call us, we talk them through everything they need to do to stop the problem,” says Yael Goldshmid of Flood Damage Pro. “We give them instructions over the phone on how to turn off the main and to remove any electrical elements from the area.

“Then we promise to send a crew within 60 minutes of their call.” And that call will be answered 24/7.

Flood Damage Pro has been serving the flood emergency needs of commercial facilities and residential dwellings in Arlington for over 10 years, and by now their IICRC certified technicians have seen it all: Flooded basements, flooded kitchens, flooded bathrooms, flooded offices and more.

A water and fire damage specialist is crucial in early moments of water/fire-borne disasters as they are equipped with the technology and the knowledge to stop, repair and then begin the recovery process as fast as possible. This is important because of a secondary consequence of water damage: Mold.

“If water damage is not addressed in time, mold develops,” warns Goldshmid. “Sometimes we come to a house and the owners tells us there is a smell they can’t get rid of where the water damage was. We check and it’s mold. You can’t always see it, but it’s there.”

Luckily, Flood Damage Pro also does mold remediation to eliminate the problem.

Goldshmid says Flood Damage Pro can repair any cause of flooding inside or outside a property, “Even a leaky foundation. We can fix everything except the roof.” Roofing problems require a roofing specialist.

The team at Flood Damage Pro is licensed to restore drywall, hardwood floors, carpets and more. They don’t consider the job complete until all affected elements are restored to as good as new.

Flood Damage Pro also performs fire and smoke damage restoration. When disaster strikes, call 866-869-4167 for immediate assistance. The preceding post was sponsored by Flood Damage Pro and written by Buzz McClain.

by ARLnow.com June 16, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

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.

by ARLnow.com February 24, 2016 at 5:00 pm 0

Update at 8:35 p.m. — The northbound GW Parkway is closed from Spout Run to the Beltway due to large potholes in the roadway. Drivers should expect heavy traffic on the Spout Run Parkway, and at Lee Highway at N. Kirkwood Street.

Update at 7:30 p.m. — Firefighters are on scene of a car disabled due in high standing water on Route 110 between Rosslyn and the Pentagon. A large pothole is also being reported in the roadway, in the same area as yesterday’s “monster pothole.” Separately, the standing water near the ramp from WB Route 50 to Washington Blvd is reported to be some 10 inches deep.

Update at 7:25 p.m. — Large trees are reported to be down near the intersection of Arlington Ridge Road and 23rd Street S., and N. Taylor Street and 24th Street.

Update at 7:10 p.m. — Dominion has just updated their power outage numbers: more than 4,500 Dominion customers in Arlington are currently without power, the company reports. The largest outage is reported around Lyon Village, Virginia Square, Colonial Village and Rosslyn. Another is reported around Virginia Hospital Center.

Dominion is reporting more than 14,000 outages throughout Northern Virginia.

Update at 6:55 p.m. — There are major delays for those flying into Reagan National Airport tonight. There are also 30-45 minute delays for departing flights. From the FAA:

Due to WEATHER / THUNDERSTORMS, there is a Traffic Management Program in effect for traffic arriving Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington, DC (DCA). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 2 hours and 12 minutes. To see if you may be affected, select your departure airport and check “Delays by Destination”.

General Departure Delays: Due to WX:Rain, traffic is experiencing Gate Hold and Taxi delays between 30 minutes and 44 minutes in length and decreasing.

Update at 6:45 p.m. — Firefighters have been dispatched to a house near the intersection of N. Oakland Street and 20th Street for a report of a house struck by lightning.

Update at 6:40 p.m. — Arlington and Fairfax County firefighters are currently on the scene of a swift water rescue near Little Pimmit Run and the Old Glebe neighborhood.

Update at 6:30 p.m. — Westbound Route 50 is partially blocked at Washington Blvd due to high standing water, according to scanner reports.

Update at 6:10 p.m. — With heavy rain falling, the National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning through 10 p.m. In addition to rain and wind, some readers have reported hail falling in parts of Arlington.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WARNING FOR URBAN AREAS AND SMALL STREAMS IN… THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA… SOUTHEASTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND… CENTRAL FAIRFAX COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… SOUTHEASTERN PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… STAFFORD 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 1000 PM EST

* AT 600 PM EST… DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING HEAVY RAIN LIKELY TO CAUSE URBAN FLOODING. UP TO ONE INCH OF RAIN IS OCCURRING IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME… WHICH WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF POOR DRAINAGE AREAS THAT COULD CAUSE BRIEF STANDING WATER. AREAS THAT RECEIVE REPEATED HEAVY RAINFALL COULD REQUIRE UPGRADE TO A FLASH FLOOD WARNING… SO REMAIN ALERT WHILE TRAVELING OR DELAY TRAVEL UNTIL THE HEAVY RAIN ENDS.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT MAY EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE… ARLINGTON… STAFFORD… ROCKVILLE… FREDERICKSBURG… FAIRFAX… VIENNA… FALLS CHURCH… SPRINGFIELD… PIMMIT HILLS… MANTUA… GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY… NATIONALS PARK… WOODBRIDGE… BETHESDA… AQUIA CREEK… ANNANDALE… DALE CITY… CRYSTAL CITY… AMERICAN LEGION BRIDGE AND FORT BELVOIR.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR HAS BEEN REPORTED. STREAM RISES WILL BE SLOW AND FLASH FLOODING IS NOT EXPECTED. HOWEVER… ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS IMMEDIATELY.

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE PONDING OF WATER IN URBAN AREAS… HIGHWAYS… STREETS AND UNDERPASSES AS WELL AS OTHER POOR DRAINAGE AREAS AND LOW LYING SPOTS. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL ACROSS FLOODED ROADS. FIND ALTERNATE ROUTES. IT TAKES ONLY A FEW INCHES OF SWIFTLY FLOWING WATER TO CARRY VEHICLES AWAY.

DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF FLOOD WATERS. ONLY A FEW INCHES OF RAPIDLY FLOWING WATER CAN QUICKLY CARRY AWAY YOUR VEHICLE.

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