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Storms surround D.C. area

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The weekend is getting a wet end thanks to a band of storms in the D.C. metro area.

A water spout was sighted by viewer Linda Weaver near White Point in Colonial Beach, VA.
A water spout was sighted by viewer Linda Weaver near White Point in Colonial Beach, VA.

Sunday afternoon, a tornado warning was issued briefly for southern Charles County in Maryland. The National Weather Service said a strong storm capable of producing a tornado was located near Swan Point.

A waterspout near Cobb Island in Maryland was captured on camera by several people. Another was captured by viewer Linda Weaver near White Point in Colonial Beach, Virginia.

Some earlier heavy downpours resulted in a flash flood warning for Baltimore and southern Delaware. Scattered heavy rain will continue to plague the area, especially in St. Mary's, Calvert, Fauquier, Fairfax, Loudon, Charles and Anne Arundel counties.

A flash flood watch has been issued for portions of the Piedmont of eastern Maryland and northern Virginia, D.C. and the eastern West Virginia Panhandle until 10 pm Sunday evening.

According to ABC7 Meteorologist Doug Hill, the storms are intensifying east and south of D.C. Hill adds the inclement weather is not related to Tropical Storm Isaac.

Currently, ground delays are in effect for arriving flights at Reagan National Airport, Dulles International Airport and BWI Airport.

A spokesperson for Dominion Power told ABC7 that 100 employees and contractors making the 16 hour drive down to Florida in a caravan that includes 13 bucket trucks. The effort is part of the mutual aid agreement that utilities share with one another to provide support in emergency situations, Dominion said. Crews do not yet know where they will be dispatched specifically. 

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