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Severe weather heading to the D.C. area (Live Blog)

July 18, 2012 - 03:30 PM
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A number of showers and storms are in the D.C. Metro area. Some hail and gusty winds are reported. Stay on top of the storms here.

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6:15PM Update:  Everything fairly quiet now around the Metro area.  Few storms still firing up West of the Blue Ridge, but otherwise the main threat for severe weather is over.  Thanks for keeping updated through our live blog!

5:58PM Update:  Lot of lightning with the strongest storms over the Bay Bridge and now onto the Eastern Shore. Take a look at all those lightning strikes... that's a total of 478 in 5 minutes!  Dangerous!

Latest 5 Minute Lightning Strokes as of 5:47PM

5:55PM  Bob Ryan here: The strongest storms continue to move well east of DC over the Bay and into the Eastern Shore.  There is still the risk of some local flash flooding but the storms are pretty much over for the DC area.  Tomorrow very humid but still hot, near 95° and the risk of thunderstorms again by mid-late afternoon



5:40PM:  Nasty storms over Annapolis and crossing over the Chesapeake and Bay Bridge.  Blinding rain, gusty winds, and possibly small hail.  Very dangerous to be driving in right now.  Strong storms over in the D.C. metro area now. 

Latest live Doppler - 5:40PM

5:15 PM Update Bob Ryan  Strongest storms with still threat of 1" hail now into Anne Arundel County.  Downtown DC almost 2" rain in one hour so reason for Flash Flood warning until 7PM  Other severe warnings in metro area until 5:45 PM.



5:03 PM Upate:  Those slow moving storms over the District, Montgomery, and Prince Georges counties have prompted a FLASH FLOOD WARNING until 7PM.  Some spots have seen between 1 and 2 inches of rain in the past hour, so be very cautious on the roadways and don't drive through standing water. 

5:00PM Update  Bob Ryan here New warnings for the line of strong thunderstorms moving through Prince Georges and Ann Arundel County.  History of hail and plenty of cloud to ground lightning so power outages likely.  These storms move into the Bay next 1-2 hours



4:35PM Upate:  Current storms over Southern Montgomery County, Northern D.C., Prince George's, and Anne Arundel counties now under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 5:15PM.  VERY heavy rain, lots of lightning, and even some reports of hail.  Be safe out there!

Live Super Doppler as of 4:35PM

4:24pm Update:  Severe warning for DC and immediate area until 5PM threat from some already damaged trees with some wind gusts and hail reported in Bethesda.  Cells moving very slow and with heavy rain  



4:08pm Update  Cells are developing now over metro area  Report of small hail around Bethesda  Slow movement and very heavy rain with these slow movers  



3:53pm Update: Bob Ryan here  Thunderstorm firing up right now around Bethesda all these cells moving fairly slow so dump heavy rain.  Strongest still in Frederick County MD



3:31pm Update: A few rogue storms are popping up closer into the city though they are still rather weak at the moment. Still enough for a few lightning strikes.

3:26pm Update: There have already been a few reports of trees down from the National Weather Service through Frederick Co., VA. There are some gusty winds in the line moving towards Frederick now, be sure to get inside to a safe place.

3:19p Update: The strongest storms are heading into Frederick and Carroll Counties in MD and will affect Westminster, New Market, Manchester and Green Valley. These will also head towards the City of Frederick as well in the next 20 minutes or so. Be ready for damaging winds and a lot of lightning in these storms. A Severe T-Storm Warning is in effect through 4pm.

3:16pm Update: A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for the entire D.C. Metro until 9pm tonight. Stronger storms will be capable of producing damaging wind gusts and possibly some large hail. There is also the potential for some flash flooding as these will be relatively slow moving storms.

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