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Storms soak D.C. Metro area

October 7, 2013 - 10:49 AM
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A line of potentially severe storms will progress through the region today, bringing the chance for gusty winds and an isolated tornado.

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1:54pm: The severe threat has now ended across the region but some very heavy rainfall totals are being noted with a widespread inch to two inches commonplace. Rainfall will come to an end through the late afternoon from west to east and even a little sunshine will be noted by the end of the day.

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1:17pm: Storms are beginning to push into the Chesapeake Bay and out of the D.C. area. This should allow the remaining counties under the Tornado Watch to be canceled in the next hour or so. Here is the latest Satellite loop, showing some clearing far west of D.C. over the mountains.

12:43pm: The Tornado Watch has been canceled for parts of the region but is still in effect until 5pm east of D.C. for Anne Arundel, Prince Georges, Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's Counties.

12:30pm: Here are some of the latest WeatherBug rainfall totals and wind gusts...

Big Meadows, VA - 1.87"      BWI Marshall 46 mph

Clarksburg, MD - 1.72"      Smithsburg, MD 44 mph

Leesburg, VA - 1.64"      Bristow, VA 44 mph

Ashburn, VA - 1.63"      WTOP Radio (D.C.) 43 mph

12:24pm: Here is the latest list of Storm Reports from NWS Sterling. So far only a few but I imagine this list may grow in the next few hours as more reports come in.

12:14pm: My thought is that Charles, King George and Southern Maryland will have the best chance for more severe weather over the next two hours. There is still a bit of a notch in the line of storms heading over the Potomac River.

This will affect Southern Charles and Northern King George County near the Potomac River over the next 30 minutes. Watch out if you live near US Hwy 301 everywhere from Owens in VA to La Plata in Charles Co., MD. Radar here.

12:02pm: Good news for those in the Stafford and Spotsylvania areas as the Tornado Warning has been canceled. Current radar imagery can be found here.

11:56am: Here is a look at the current radar imagery (now a few minutes old) and you can see a little notch just to the east of Fredericksburg. That would be the location with the highest likelihood for a weak spin-up tornado. Take shelter if you are northeast of Fredericksburg east of I-95!

11:50am: The highest wind gusts so far from our WeatherBug Network have only been in the low to mid 40s but isolated higher gusts have surely occurred near Winchester (see photos below) and possibly near Fredericksburg where the current tornado warning continues.

Rainfall totals have been very heavy with over an inch and a half of rain reported in Leesburg and Delaplane in VA and Clarksburg, MD.

11:46am: Severe Thunderstorm Warnings have been extended across the Potomac River for Charles and southern Prince Georges Counties through 12:30pm. Warning here.

11:41am: Here is the latest statement from the NWS on the Tornado Warning, "...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EDT FOR THE CITY OF
FREDERICKSBURG...AND STAFFORD AND SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTIES...

AT 1131 AM EDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO
WAS LOCATED 7 MILES NORTHWEST OF MASSAPONAX...OR 9 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
FREDERICKSBURG...AND WAS MOVING NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
FREDERICKSBURG...
FALMOUTH...
SPRING VALLEY...
GLENDIE...
BROOKFIELD...
RAMOTH...
LEELAND...
STONES CORNER...
STAFFORD...
BROOKE...
GARRISONVILLE..."

11:35am: The Tornado Warning continues through Noon and areas near Fredericksburg will really need to watch out and take cover over the next 15-30 minutes. Radar here.

11:32am: A Tornado Warning is in effect until Noon for Stafford, Spotsylvania Counties and the city of Fredericksburg. This is radar indicated along a line of thunderstorms and will be moving over I-95 soon near Fredericksburg.

11:21am: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for Stafford and Spotsylvania Counties in Virginia as well as the City of Fredericksburg until 11:45am. Winds in excess of 60mph will be possible with this storm.

11:12am: Winchester Country Club had some wind damage earlier this morning. Here is a look at the 10th and 11th holes. Also, an awning and many glass tables on the back patio were damaged.



11:04am: Here is a look at the current radar imagery as of 11am this morning. A line of storms has formed just west of D.C. and will move through the region along lunch time.


 

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