Rain batters D.C. area, threatens flooding in low-lying area
WASHINGTON (AP) - A storm bringing heavy rain and flooding is complicating travel and knocking out power in the mid-Atlantic region.
The National Weather Service has issued flash flood watches and warnings around the region through Friday afternoon.
Transportation officials around the region are closing flooded roads as heavy rains move through early Friday and emergency officials are reporting rescues of motorists stranded in high water.
The Maryland Transit Administration suspended MARC's Brunswick line service because of trees on the track. Wind restrictions in effect on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge prohibit vehicles susceptible to high winds.
Utilities in Maryland are reporting about 7,200 customers without power. Dominion Power is reporting about 1,300 customers in the dark in northern Virginia.
Some jurisdictions and organizations canceled Bike to Work Day events because of the weather.