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Warning of flash floods in Virginia

October 13, 2011 - 05:40 PM
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There are reports of a tornado in Louisa County, the epicenter of Virginia's August earthquake. Meanwhile, the tornado watch for the region has been canceled.

8:58 p.m.: A flash flood warning has been issued for central Fairfax County. Flash flooding was reported there and the National Weather Service expect that additional rain will worsen the flooding.

In addition, a coastal flood advisory is in effect until noon Friday for Prince George’s, Charles, St. Mary’s, Calvert, Prince William and Harford counties as well as Manassas, Stafford and King George.

8:30 p.m.: The University of Maryland repeatedly warned its students to stay inside because a tornado was imminent. Do you think the school went too far? See the warnings here.

7:55 p.m.: The National Weather Service has canceled the tornado watch for the region.

7:10 p.m.: There were at least two possible tornadoes today in Virginia, according to NOAA's Storm Prediction Center: One in Louisa and another in New Kent. Here's a map showing Thursday's storm reports with description of damages.

This funnel cloud was spotted by @masboo near Fair Oaks Mall this afternoon. And here's a video of another funnel in New Kent. No reports of injuries that I've seen.

UPDATE: 6:45 p.m.: The University of Maryland in College Park issued a warning to students to seek shelter because of an impending tornado is due to strike. According to posts on Twitter, sirens were sounding on the campus and students received alerts telling them to seek shelter. However, the region is currently not under a tornado warning.

UPDATE 5:40 p.m.: All of Fairfax is under a Tornado Warning until 6 p.m. as this sky-inking storm moves right up below D.C. Keep tuned to WJLA's meteorology Twitter feed for minute-by-minute updates. Here are the current weather alerts for your zip code.

ORIGINAL: A severe storm that popped up suddenly on Thursday afternoon has reports of a tornado flying in Louisa County, about 100 miles southwest of D.C. (LATEST FORECAST, and RADAR.)

The skies are beginning to darken in D.C., and the threat of more twisters for Virginia, Maryland and the District is a distinct possibility into the evening: The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning until 5 p.m. for Orange, Culpeper and Fauquier counties with Bealeton in the crosshairs. There's also a Tornado Watch until 11 p.m. for Washington, D.C, and most of its suburbs, all the way out to the Eastern Shore.

Here's what's happening so far:

- A suspected tornado ripped the roof off a house in Louisa, according to Charlottesville's NBC29. But hey, the homeowners probably had natural-disaster insurance after the 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck in August... also in Louisa. Here's a photo of that poor, bald house, which some are calling a plantation home. And another one. This sure looks like some strong wind damage to me. No injuries have been reported.

- On Twitter, @mynameva says, "first we're the epicenter of a quake, then a hurricane hits us, and now a tornado? its official. the rapture will happen in louisa."

@ryanobles counters, "Maj Donnie Lowe, from the Louisa Sheriff's said despite, quakes, aftershocks and now a tornado, people there are "hearty" and can handle it."

And the hashtag #WeatherPredictionsForLouisa springs from the digital void, with @CodyRSwag guessing, "Louisa will no linger exist as of 2012." He adds: "Giant sink hole," "plague," megatsunami," "history making forest fire," "civilian radiation accident" and "I think a volcano is gonna shoot up right on route 33 . Lmao."

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