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Severe weather for the D.C area (Live Blog)

July 24, 2012 - 01:21 PM
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It's once again time to keep your eye on the sky and a hand on your umbrella. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for the D.C. area until 8 p.m. 

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6:15PM Update Bob Ryan here - All the strongest cells now well south of DC area and severe watch for some of of the area has  come down for areas just north of DC.  Most area should come down soon

5:49PM Update The storm in Montgomery warning canceled!  Rapidly weakening but still some  gusts Will miss DC Watch still out until 8PM

5:27pm Update: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for Montgomery County until 6pm. Damaging winds will be possible in this storm as it comes southeast along I-270.

4:52pm Update: Check out our Frederick Camera here on our website. Good rain going on there! Check out some of the other HD camera images while you're there.

4:26pm Update: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for Frederick County in Maryland until 5pm. Damaging winds will be possible in this storm. Please be safe but if you see any wind damage, report it to us! Comment below!

3:54pm Update: Spotsylvania County southwest of Fredericksburg in Virginia is getting crushed with a strong storm and A LOT of lightning. There have been 555 lightning strikes in that storm in the past 10 minutes. Take cover now! Check out Doppler Above.

3:41pm Update: Another hour and another look at the satellite which is showing a ton of clouds over the D.C. Metro from the storms located over Winchester and Romney. There are a few storms north of the Mason-Dixon still, but unless D.C. gets some clearing in a hurry, severe weather shouldn't be a big issue. We'll continue to monitor.

The storms we are continuing to watch are located from around Gettysburg northeast to York, PA. These will move into Washington, Carroll and Baltimore Counties over the next 30 minutes or so.

2:54pm Update: We are currently looking at some clearing along the Mason-Dixon and north ahead of those new cells in Pennsylvania. This may allow for more heating in the D.C. area which could lead to severe storms later this afternoon and evening closer to the D.C. Metro.

2:48pm Update: Hardy County in West Virginia had a severe weather report come in saying,

"SEVERAL TREES DOWN IN THE MOORFIELD AREA. TREE TOPS TWISTED AND RIPPED OFF... LANDED IN DRIVEWAYS ALONG BACK ROAD DRIVE OFF OF RTE. 259 IN THE LOWER COVE ROAD AREA PARKER HOLLOW. NO DAMAGE TO HOUSES."

This is where the tornado warned storm went through earlier today. No reports of a funnel or tornado but interesting enough that this may be looked at later this week by the NWS.

1:41 p.m. Update: Here is a good look at the Mid Atlantic Radar Loop which shows much of the action west of D.C. over Kentucky and West Virginia. We will be closely watching the cells developing over Pennsylvania as they will head towards our region later this afternoon and evening.

1:32 p.m. Update: A severe storm with some rotation will cross the I-81 corridor in the next few minutes just south of Woodstock, VA in Shenandoah County. The storm appears like it just weakened some but will have strong winds and very heavy rain. It will pass very near Mount Jackson and then head towards Luray and Stanley. A Tornado Warning continues through 1:45 p.m.

1:24 p.m. Update: A Severe T-Storm Watch is in effect until 8 p.m. for the entire D.C. area. Storms will have the potential of damaging wind gusts and large hail. The discussion for the watch from the Storm Prediction Center can be found here.

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