From the ABC 7 Weather team

Flash flooding in Northern Virginia enlivens the evening commute

July 13, 2011 - 03:26 PM
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Splish, splash, crash: Watch out for flash flooding on the roads around D.C. this evening.

One man's futile attempt to avoid the heavy rain in Rosslyn. Pitiful human! (Photo courtesy of Dan Patrick)

Fffwwwishhh BANG: That's the sound of your car hydroplaning into a Starbucks. The celestial-sized dishtowel that nature is wringing out over D.C. and the suburbs right now has spurred the National Weather Service to issue a Flash Flood Warning for portions of Northern Virginia. (Local radar.) Now is not the time to be stuntin' behind the wheel, unless you drive a pontoon boat.

According to the alert, the areas affected by heavy rain and possible flooding are:

Alexandria...Annandale...Arcola...Arlington...Ashburn...Ballston...Centreville...Chantilly... Dulles International Airport...Fairfax...Falls Church...Herndon...Lake Barcroft... Lincolnia...McLean...Merrifield...Oakton...Reston...Rosslyn... the I-395 and I-495 interchange...Springfield...the I-66 and I-495 interchange...Tysons Corner...Vienna...Wolftrap...Brambleton...Broadlands...Groveton...Huntington... Mantua...Pimmit Hills and South Riding.

And here are the intersections historically prone to flash flooding:

17TH STREET NORTH AT NORTH BUCHANAN ST...
18TH STREET AT UPTON STREET...
SOUTH TROY STREET NEAR LONG BRANCH...
HOLMES RUN BELOW LAKE BARCROFT...
WOODBURN ROAD AT SPICEWOOD DRIVE...
BEULAH ROAD AT BROWNS MILL ROAD...
FAIRFAX BOULEVARD AT OAK STREET...
FAIRFAX BOULEVARD AT UNIVERSITY DRIVE...
PICKETT ROAD AT OLD PICKETT ROAD...
COCHRAN MILL ROAD AT SYCOLIN ROAD...
EVERGREEN MILLS ROAD AT BLUEMONT RIDGE ROAD...
EVERGREEN MILLS ROAD AT WATSON ROAD...
THOMAS AVEUE AT SUGARLAND RUN...
BRADDOCK ROAD NEAR ROUTE 15...
BRADDOCK ROAD NEAR GUM SPRING ROAD...
BULL RUN POST OFFICE ROAD...
EVERGREEN MILLS ROAD AT ARCOLA ROAD...
SHREVE MILL ROAD AT SYCOLIN ROAD

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