From the ABC 7 Weather team

A morning rainbow in Maryland, an evening tornado risk in D.C

October 19, 2011 - 01:34 PM
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While the day started off lovely enough with rainbows around D.C., there's a chance of damaging winds and perhaps even a tornado this evening.

Much better than last week's tornadoes, although there is a slight risk of more twisters this evening around D.C. (Photo courtesy of WJLA's Brianne Carter)

What a nice way to wake up, with a Skittles-colored arc shimmering above your head. ABC7 reporter Brianne Carter sent in this photo around 9 a.m. from Germantown, where the rains had just cleared. The rainbow was also in full effect in Silver Spring, judging from this photo that ABC7 assignment editor Adrienne Winston took:

maryland rainbow october 19 2011

The precipitation has mostly cleared away, but there's a drenching coming up for the evening. Look on the East Coast radar how D.C. and the suburbs are sandwiched between two thick slices of rain to the west and east. A pair of low-pressure systems are setting up a potentially dangerous thunderstorm, with Oklahoma's Storm Prediction Center giving a 15 percent chance of damaging wind gusts that will take all your trampolines and hang them like Christmas ornaments from nearby trees. ABC7 meteorologist Adam Caskey has even opened up the door to a chance of tornadoes, although it's a small one.

To stay on top of the approaching gusher, keep checking the latest forecast and the interactive radar. And if the lightning starts flashing don't miss out on our weather team's up-to-the-minute storm tweets.

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