From the ABC 7 Weather team

Flooding and severe weather in the D.C. area

April 30, 2014 - 07:50 PM
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Heavy rain and the potential for severe weather exists this afternoon through this evening.

7:59pm: A few showers and embedded downpours will continue to move north-northeast towards D.C. over the next few hours. You can keep an eye on them here on Live Super Doppler. Rain should come to an end later tonight and big improvements are expected tomorrow with highs in the upper 70s under partly cloudy skies. Yes, you read that correctly, the sunshine will finally return tomorrow.

7:04pm: Here are some of the area rainfall reports for the past few days. Most locations have seen three, four or five inches of rain so far.

6:28pm: Daily rainfall records have been surpassed at Dulles and Reagan National Airports. Not yet at BWI Marshall. We'll have updated totals tonight at 11pm on ABC 7 News.

5:22pm: Areas of flooding will continue this evening into tonight. We've already seen people being trapped in their cars. If you come across high water, please turn around and try to find another route! Flooding is the main threat through the evening.


3:05pm: Heavy rain continues for areas along and east of D.C. West of the city, as close as western Fairfax, Montgomery and Prince William is dry. The threat for heavy rain looks to continue through late tonight.

2:14pm: High water is being reported through Montgomery County, MD, where a Flash Flood Warning continues through 4:45pm.

2:00pm: Rescue has been completed near Bowie, MD per ABC 7's Brad Bell.

1:58pm: Check out some of the rainfall totals so far from the past three days. Three to four inches have already fallen in some locations.

Culpeper, VA is reporting over six inches!

1:53pm: A water rescue was going on near Bowie, MD when someone tried to cross high water. This is exactly what you shouldn't try to do, no matter how big your vehicle is...

1:48pm: A threat for severe weather still exists today, but the warm front has been very slow to move into the region and the Slight Risk area has been moved farther south and east. Basically from the D.C. Metro to points south and east.

A Tornado Watch has been issued until 7pm including areas as far north as the Northern Neck of Virginia.

1:45pm: The threat for heavy rain and potential for severe weather exists this afternoon and evening as a warm frontal boundary continues to creep into the area. Reagan National Airport has already seen 2.81" of rain, which includes over a half inch of rain just in the past hour. Heavy rain and thunderstorms will continue through the afternoon into tonight with localized rainfall rates of 1-2" per hour. We will continue to update this blog with the latest information through the afternoon.

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