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by Heather Mongilio — October 6, 2015 at 11:10 am 0

Swiss Time at Fashion Centre at Pentagon City (Courtesy of Eric Kim)(Updated at 12:00 p.m.) Watchstyle, a luxury Swiss watch store, is closing down its store in Ballston Common Mall ahead of major renovations that are coming soon to the aging shopping center.

The store will close this coming Sunday, said owner Eric Kim. He plans to open a new store called Swiss Time in the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City five days later on Friday, Oct. 16.

Kim changed the name of the store because the storefront at new location is much more visible to customers walking in the mall, and he wanted to emphasize the Swiss brands of watches he sells, he said.

The new store in the upscale Pentagon City small allows Kim to sell some of his higher-end luxury Swiss watches, he said. Watchstyle was already one of the most expensive stores in Ballston Common Mall without selling his full stock. At Swiss Time, watches will be priced at anywhere from a couple hundred to thousands of dollars.

Despite the new location and new name, Kim plans to honor warranties on watches bought in Ballston, and customer service will stay the same, he said.

“I worked very hard to be the only five-star rated watch store in Arlington, and I plan on keeping it that way,” Kim said.

The watch store owner plans to return to Ballston Common Mall once the mall is renovated. He anticipates opening his second Swiss Time around April 2018 in Ballston.

“The Ballston mall management has been very kind to me,” he said.

by ARLnow.com — October 1, 2015 at 9:00 am 1,034 0

Columbia Pike is flooded by a downpour / heavy rain (file photo)Get ready for a wet weekend. A coastal nor’easter is expected to bring torrential rainfall throughout most of Friday and Saturday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Arlington and the rest of the D.C. region, starting Friday morning. More watches and warnings are expected to be issued as Hurricane Joaquin nears, on the back of the nor’easter.

From the NWS:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH
* FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING.
* RAIN WILL INCREASE IN INTENSITY ACROSS THE AREA FRIDAY INTO SATURDAY. WIDESPREAD RAIN TOTALS OF TWO TO FOUR INCHES ARE EXPECTED… WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS. HEAVY RAIN COULD FALL OVER A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME ON SATURATED SOILS… WHICH COULD LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING.
* THERE IS POTENTIAL FOR RAPID RISES OF WATER ON NUMEROUS SMALL STREAMS… AS WELL AS IN POOR DRAINAGE AREAS. LARGER RIVERS WILL ALSO EXPERIENCE RISES. MUDSLIDES MAY OCCUR IN STEEP TERRAIN.

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 14, 2015 at 8:15 pm 0

Arlington and much of the rest of the D.C. area is under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch tonight.

Forecasters say a line of storms may roll through the area with wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour. From the National Weather Service:

ORGANIZED THUNDERSTORM COMPLEX OVER WEST VIRGINIA AND EASTERN KENTUCKY SHOULD CONTINUE TO MOVE SOUTHEASTWARD TO EAST-SOUTHEASTWARD INTO THE WATCH AREA…EITHER MAINTAINING INTENSITY OR (IF IT TEMPORARILY WEAKENS) STRENGTHENING AGAIN ONCE ENCOUNTERING FAVORABLE AIR MASS ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE MOUNTAINS. AS SUCH…DAMAGING GUSTS ARE EXPECTED AND ISOLATED…MARGINALLY SEVERE HAIL ARE POSSIBLE.

The storm watch is in effect through 1:00 a.m. A Flash Flood Watch is also in effect tonight, with forecasters warning of the potential for torrential rainfall of 1-2 inches during the storms.

by ARLnow.com — June 30, 2015 at 2:30 pm 1,484 0

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Arlington and the surrounding D.C. region.

Forecasters say thunderstorms with the potential for damaging wind and hail will spread across the area this afternoon and evening.

From the NWS:

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 377
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
220 PM EDT TUE JUN 30 2015

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, MARYLAND, NORTHERN NORTH CAROLINA, WESTERN AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA, EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA, COASTAL WATERS

* EFFECTIVE THIS TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 220 PM UNTIL 900 PM EDT.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE… SCATTERED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE ISOLATED LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 1.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE

SUMMARY…THUNDERSTORMS WILL FORM SOON OVER EASTERN WV AND WESTERN VA…SPREADING EASTWARD ACROSS THE WATCH AREA. LOCALLY DAMAGING WINDS AND HAIL ARE POSSIBLE IN THE STRONGEST CELLS.

THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 60 STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM HAGERSTOWN MARYLAND TO 80 MILES SOUTH SOUTHWEST OF DUBLIN VIRGINIA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

REMEMBER…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.

by ARLnow.com — June 23, 2015 at 4:25 pm 2,503 0

Storm approaching Arlington 6/23/15Update at 8:15 p.m. — The strong storm that blew through Arlington this evening has left behind fallen trees, widespread power outages and long flight delays at Reagan National Airport.

Dominion Virginia Power is reporting 4,245 customers without power in Arlington — almost 5 percent of all customers in the county. Power outages have been reported in Pentagon City, in Courthouse near I-66 and in the Virginia Square area.

The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City mall was evacuated during the storm due to a power outage there. Scanner reports suggest firefighters rescued some customers from stuck elevators. The Pentagon Centre mall was also reported to be without power.

Other outages were reported around the intersections of Lee Highway and N. Adams Street and Lee Highway and N. Kirkwood Road, where traffic signals were not functioning.

At Reagan National Airport, meanwhile departure delays of up to one hour and 45 minutes and arrival delays of up to 45 minutes were reported.

Update at 6:50 p.m. — The Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been upgraded to a warning.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING…
* UNTIL 715 PM EDT
* AT 627 PM EDT… TRAINED WEATHER SPOTTERS REPORTED A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM BROOKLYN PARK TO SOUTH RIDING… AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 35 MPH.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE… ARLINGTON… ROCKVILLE… BOWIE… COLLEGE PARK… HERNDON… GREENBELT… FAIRFAX… VIENNA… FALLS CHURCH… BLADENSBURG… CROFTON… SPRINGFIELD… SOUTH RIDING… PIMMIT HILLS… BODKIN POINT… BETHESDA… SILLERY BAY… NATIONAL HARBOR… FEDEX FIELD AND LANGLEY PARK.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGING WINDS… LARGE HAIL… DEADLY LIGHTNING AND VERY HEAVY RAIN. FOR YOUR PROTECTION… MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS. HEAVY RAINS FLOOD ROADS QUICKLY SO DO NOT DRIVE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER COVERS THE ROAD.

Earlier: Arlington and the surrounding D.C. area is now under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch.

Forecasters say strong storms are likely this afternoon and evening, as cold front approaches from the west and brings with it a line of storms.

From the National Weather Service.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 346 IS IN EFFECT FOR THE OUTLOOK AREA THROUGH 11 PM. DAMAGING WIND GUSTS AND LARGE HAIL ARE THE PRIMARY THREATS. THUNDERSTORMS WILL ALSO CONTAIN VERY HEAVY RAINFALL. LOCALIZED FLASH FLOODING IS POSSIBLE.

by ARLnow.com — June 8, 2015 at 5:05 pm 8,732 0

Update at 7:35 p.m. — Arlington is now under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR… THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA… SOUTHERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND… NORTHERN FAIRFAX COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… ARLINGTON COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… THE CITY OF FAIRFAX IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… THE CITY OF FALLS CHURCH IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… SOUTHEASTERN LOUDOUN COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…
* UNTIL 800 PM EDT
* AT 712 PM EDT… DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED OVER HERNDON… AND MOVING EAST AT 30 MPH.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE… ARLINGTON… ROCKVILLE… GAITHERSBURG… HERNDON… FAIRFAX… VIENNA… FALLS CHURCH… RESTON… SOUTH RIDING… PIMMIT HILLS… MANTUA… DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT… GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY… NATIONALS PARK… AMERICAN LEGION BRIDGE… OLNEY… BETHESDA… HOWARD UNIVERSITY… MCLEAN AND FORT TOTTEN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE AREA. ALTHOUGH A TORNADO IS NOT IMMEDIATELY LIKELY… IF ONE IS SPOTTED… ACT QUICKLY AND MOVE TO A PLACE OF SAFETY IN A STURDY STRUCTURE… SUCH AS A BASEMENT OR SMALL INTERIOR ROOM.

Strong storm approaching Arlington (radar image via Weather.com)Update at 5:40 p.m. — The evening’s first storm has passed and blue skies have returned. The storm knocked out power to more than 3,000 Dominion customers in the Falls Church area and caused some damage in Arlington.

Trees were reported down on 26th Street N., near Marymount University and on 25th Street near S. Dinwiddie Street. A large branch was reported down at N. Fillmore Street and Pershing Drive.

Earlier: The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for Arlington County and much of the surrounding D.C. area.

The watch is in effect through 8:00 p.m. Forecasters say strong storms or even tornados are possible tonight.

From NWS:

A TORNADO WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR THE WASHINGTON AND BALTIMORE METROPOLITAN AREAS UNTIL 8 PM THIS EVENING. SEVERE THREATS ARE DAMAGING WIND GUSTS…LARGE HAIL…AND ISOLATED TORNADOES. THUNDERSTORMS MAY ALSO PRODUCE HEAVY RAIN AND LOCALIZED FLOODING TONIGHT.

by ARLnow.com — May 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm 1,137 0

Storms in Pentagon City on 7/8/14Arlington and the D.C. area is under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch through 7:00 p.m.

The National Weather Service says much of the eastern United States is at risk for damaging storms today. In the D.C. area, the risk is a bit lower than points south and west.

“There is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening,” NWS said in a hazardous weather outlook. “Damaging wind gusts will be the primary concern.”

by Ethan Rothstein — May 1, 2015 at 10:10 am 3,904 0

Match-TimelineWEB(Updated at 10:50 a.m.) One of the biggest sports days of the year is tomorrow, with two major events sure to fill up bars across the county: the Kentucky Derby and the “Fight of the Century.”

The 141st running of the Kentucky Derby will start around 6:30 p.m., and Circa at Clarendon (3010 Clarendon Blvd) is hosting Arlington’s watch party. Fancy hats are encouraged and mint juleps will be served for $7.

Welterweight champions Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao — long considered the two biggest names in boxing, but who have never fought before — will face off later that night (sometime around midnight, in all likelihood). The pay-per-view cost to view the fight is $99, which means bars in the area will ask viewers for cover charges to watch the most anticipated fight in years in their businesses.

Mad Rose Tavern (3100 Clarendon Blvd) is holding its own watch party, with women admitted free and men charged $20, with the price to escalate closer and closer to the opening bell. Just a few blocks away, Bracket Room (1210 N. Garfield Street) is charging a $30 cover to watch on their dozens of big-screen TVs.

In Courthouse, the freshly reopened Summers Restaurant (1520 N. Courthouse Road) is also showing the fight, expecting to charge between $25 and $30, depending on capacity. Nearby Courthaus Social is also showing the fight, with a cover charge of $5 for women and $10 for men.

As if the fight and the race weren’t enough, the Washington Capitals will face the New York Rangers for game two of their playoff series tomorrow. Numerous local bars are expected to show the 12:30 p.m. game.

Know anywhere else to watch the fight and the Kentucky Derby in Arlington tomorrow? Let us know in the comments.

by ARLnow.com — April 20, 2015 at 3:25 pm 1,990 0

Storm clouds over Rosslyn 7/3/14A Tornado Watch has been issued for Arlington and the D.C. region through 10:00 tonight.

Forecasters say severe storms are likely late this afternoon and this evening and that an isolated tornado is possible.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to reach the around the evening rush hour.

From the National Weather Service:

THUNDERSTORMS ARE LIKELY LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. A FEW OF THE THUNDERSTORMS MAY BECOME SEVERE WITH A THREAT OF DAMAGING WIND GUSTS…LARGE HAIL AND AN ISOLATED TORNADO.

by Ethan Rothstein — March 9, 2015 at 11:45 am 6,419 0

The Bachelor contestants (photo via Facebook)Arlington’s very own contestant on the reality show “The Bachelor” will be at Clarendon’s very own “The Bachelorette” contestant-owned restaurant tonight for the 19th season finale.

Jillian Anderson was eliminated early on this season, and infamously slipped on a rug and nearly fell when she thought this season’s bachelor, Chris, called her name during the rose ceremony. Instead, he picked her competitor, Julia, and 25-year-old Anderson returned to her home in Arlington. Tonight, she will be at Bracket Room in Clarendon (1210 N. Garfield Street) to watch Chris hand out his final rose.

Bracket Room is owned by a former contestant of The Bachelorette, Chris Bukowski, and has hosted viewing parties for the reality show’s season finales since it opened in 2013. Happy hour begins at 4:00 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. Bracket Room’s Facebook page says there will be specials on wine and dessert.

At the same time, at Guarapo Lounge in Courthouse, radio hosts Sarah Fraser — another Arlington resident — is hosting a watch party of her own. Starting at 7:00 p.m., Anderson is expected to stop by for another appearance. There will be $1 tacos plus wine and cocktail specials and the chance to win prizes.

It’s unclear at which restaurant Anderson will watch Chris give out the final rose to one of the two finalists, Whitney and Becca.

Photo via Facebook

by ARLnow.com — July 15, 2014 at 1:50 pm 1,249 0

Heavy rain from storm in Arlington on 7/14/14The National Weather Service has issued another Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Arlington and the D.C. area tonight.

The watch is in effect from now until 9:00 p.m. Forecasters say more storms with damaging winds and heavy downpours are possible.

Yesterday a similar watch was issued, and was followed by a storm that knocked out power to more than 5,500 Dominion customers in Arlington County.

From NWS:

THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED…ESPECIALLY THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WIND GUSTS AND HEAVY DOWNPOURS THAT COULD LEAD TO LOCALIZED FLASH FLOODING.

by ARLnow.com — July 14, 2014 at 1:40 pm 1,156 0

Arlington County and the rest of the D.C. area is under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch through 8:00 tonight.

Forecasters say storms with damaging winds and maybe even a tornado are possible this afternoon and evening.

From the National Weather Service:

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM…FOR THE INTERSTATE 95 CORRIDOR OF NORTHERN MARYLAND AND NORTH CENTRAL VIRGINIA…AND LOWER SOUTHERN MARYLAND. NUMEROUS THUNDERSTORMS… SOME SEVERE…WILL DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. DAMAGING WIND GUSTS AND AN ISOLATED TORNADO WILL BE THE PRIMARY THREATS. IN ADDITION…ANY THUNDERSTORM WILL PRODUCE VERY HEAVY RAINFALL AND MAY RESULT IN LOCALIZED FLASH FLOODING.

by ARLnow.com — July 10, 2014 at 3:45 pm 1,042 0

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Arlington and the D.C. area.

The watch is in effect through midnight. Forecasters say slow-moving storms may result in heavy rain and isolated flooding.

… FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EDT TONIGHT…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF MARYLAND… THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA… INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS… IN MARYLAND… ANNE ARUNDEL… CHARLES… HARFORD… HOWARD… MONTGOMERY… NORTHERN BALTIMORE… PRINCE GEORGES AND SOUTHERN BALTIMORE. THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA… FAIRFAX AND PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK.

* UNTIL MIDNIGHT EDT TONIGHT

* SLOW MOVING SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE LIKELY OVER THE AREA THROUGH THIS EVENING. LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL IS EXPECTED IN THE STRONGER STORMS WITH RAINFALL RATES IN EXCESS OF 2 INCHES PER HOUR.

* IN TARGETED AREAS THAT RECEIVE HEAVY DOWNPOURS FOR LONGER THAN 30 MINUTES… FLASH FLOODING MAY BEGIN QUICKLY. BE AWARE OF LOW AREAS THAT MAY FLOOD. NEVER CROSS ROADS THAT ARE FLOODED. TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN.

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 3, 2014 at 9:30 am 0

Arlington and the D.C. area is under a flash flood watch tonight.

Forecasters say storms and periods of very heavy rain are expected this afternoon and tonight. The sudden downpours may result in flash flooding.

The rain may also bring some temporary relief from the heat. Today’s high predicted high temperature is 92 degrees.

From the National Weather Service:

* FROM 1 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE TONIGHT

* TROPICAL MOISTURE WILL REMAIN OVER THE AREA THROUGH MOST OF TONIGHT. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE LIKELY… ESPECIALLY LATE THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE THIS EVENING. RAINFALL RATES IN HEAVIER SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS MAY EXCEED 2 INCHES PER HOUR.

* IN TARGETED AREAS THAT RECEIVE TORRENTIAL RAIN FOR LONGER THAN 30 MINUTES… FLASH FLOODING MAY BEGIN QUICKLY AND IN A VERY LOCALIZED AREA. BE AWARE OF LOW AREAS THAT MAY FLOOD. NEVER CROSS ROADS THAT ARE FLOODED. TURN AROUND DONT DROWN.

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 2, 2014 at 2:05 pm 1,360 0

Lightning flashes over the District (file photo)Arlington and the rest of the D.C. area is under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch this evening.

The storm watch is in effect through 8:00 p.m. Forecasters say today’s sweltering temperatures may fuel strong storms with large hail and winds as high as 70 mph.

The weather danger will continue tomorrow (Thursday). The National Weather Service says damaging wind and heavy rain is possible as the high heat lingers:

SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE LIKELY THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT. LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL IS EXPECTED AND THIS WILL POSE A THREAT FOR FLASH FLOODING. THUNDERSTORMS WILL ALSO BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING LOCALLY DAMAGING WIND GUSTS AND LARGE HAIL…ESPECIALLY DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

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