Severe Thunderstorm, Flood Warnings Issued For DC, NoVA

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WASHINGTON, DC — National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 4:46 p.m., on Friday for Newington and Springfield in southeastern Fairfax County.

Residents may experience wind gusts up to 60 mph, which may knock down trees and large branches. This could lead to blocked roadways and possible power outages.

Areas affected by the severe thunderstorm warning include: Annandale, Springfield, Fort Hunt, Groveton, Fort Belvoir, Woodbridge, Burke, Lincolnia, Lorton, Franconia, Newington, I395 and I495 Interchange, West Springfield, Mount Vernon, North Springfield, Hayfield, Ravensworth, Mason Neck and Occoquan.

NWS also issued a flood warning at 4:15 p.m., on Friday for urban areas and small streams in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. The flood warning will continue until 11 p.m.

Earlier in the afternoon, NWS issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Washington, D.C., northwestern Arlington County, and northeastern Fairfax County and Falls Church. That warning expired and those storms have moved into Maryland, where a severe thunderstorm warning was in effect until 5 p.m.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue moving through the region Friday evening, bringing average amounts of rainfall. Although many residents can expect between one-half and 1 inches of rainfall, some thunderstorms may be capable of bringing larger amounts, from 2 to 3 inches an hour. In some areas, rainfall of 2 to 4 inches may be possible.

Heavy rain over a short period of time can create flash flooding in urban areas, according to NWS. The flash flooding warning affects Washington, D.C., and the following areas in Virginia: northwestern Arlington County, northeastern Fairfax County, northeastern City of Fairfax, and the City of Falls Church.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected to continue in the D.C. area overnight until early Saturday morning, according to NWS. Some storms could bring small hail, gusty winds, and gusty winds. The low temperature should be around 73.

On Saturday, the D.C. metro region will see a slight chance of showers in the morning, switching over to a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. The day will be mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

D.C. area residents can expect the chance of showers and thunderstorms to continue into Saturday night as well, ending around 2 a.m., according to NWS.

On Sunday, D.C. area residents will see showers possibly returning after 2 p.m. Otherwise, the day will be mostly sunny, with a high temperature near 88.

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