- The sky grew dark in Gaithersburg as tornado watches and warnings were issued across the D.C. region. (Photo: Julie Parker/ABC7)
7:20: A new tornado warning for Leesburg and its surroundings has gone up until 7:45 p.m. -- places to run and hide indoors include northwest Montgomery, south-central Frederick central Loudoun counties. Here's the NWS warning.
7:15: That second line of storms looks like it'll pass through the region between 8 and 9. The tornado watch will come down tonight. Keep current with our updated ABC7 forecast and TBD's weather Twitter page.
7: A severe thunderstorm warning lasts until 7:15 p.m. for parts of Jefferson, Loudoun, Clark, Fauquier and Washington counties. Check the NWS' local site for all the standing alerts around D.C. The most shocking storm photos today are coming out of North Carolina; WRAL is definitely the place to be checking for storm damage reports down there.
6:45: Here's a video of that large tornado in Raleigh. Includes mild profanity, painful use of bro phrases.
6:35: An update for all you grizzled sea captains out there: There is a coastal flood warning for rivers and the Bay until 11 a.m. Sunday. The waters are expected to be 2 to 3 feet above their normal tides, even 4 feet during the evening high-tide cycle. Take that into account before heading out on the stormy seas to hunt sea monsters.
6:20: In the next 10 minutes, storms will move past Lorton, Alexandria, Fairfax and McLean, perhaps clipping Northwest D.C. on their journey northeast. After that, there's another line of storms out west to contend with, which might whip over Frederick County. Then we're through for the day.
6:05: About 5,500 Pepco customers are sitting in the dark, with northeast D.C. and Wheaton being the main outage areas. Even that relatively small number is inspiring some PePCo RAGE!!!(*&! on Twitter. Some of the tweets in the past hour:
- Nail salon lost power, manicure by iPhone flashlight app! Thanks Pepco!
- @mpmoran yep. I love that the only constant about pepco is their ability to suck balls.
- Wat a damn surpise rain=power outage Pepco sucks ass #pissed
- I feel like I moved to Jamaica...Pepco sucks!
5:50: A tornado watch stands for the D.C. region until 9 p.m., although it likely will be taken down before that. An isolated patch of savage weather is expected to clip the western part of the metropolitan area in the next 20 minutes.
5:45: There are now reports of overturned cars in Wilson, S.C. and a mobile-home park that was absolutely smashed near Raleigh. Here's what the storm looks like from above, courtesy of NOAA's GOES satellite:
5:30: This is some "nasty, nasty weather," says ABC7 meteorologist Steve Rudin. The worst of it is well to the south of D.C., with several confirmed tornadoes in North Carolina. There is a report of one fatality in Elizabethstown, N.C. A flash flood warning still is in effect for the Shenandoah Valley. The storms look like they're be out of here by 7:30 or 8, leaving D.C. with nice Sunday weather.
5:10 p.m.: This storm system stretches from to Georgia up to Pennsylvania, and serious reports of damage are filtering in along the line. A large wedge tornado apparently crashed into Raleigh earlier and knocked over brick buildings. Here's a rooftop photo of it slouching over the city. This sad structure used to be a hardware store in Sanford, N.C.
You can follow this storm line as on our interactive radar halfway down the main weather page.
UPDATE 5 p.m.: The warning for central Prince William is ending. The storm is moving past. The stuff coming through Richmond is chugging along around 70 m.p.h.
Original: Really, people? There's a real danger of tornadoes around D.C. today and these are the e-mails we're getting?
Have you guys ever heard of split screen broadcast? Your weatherman is going on at length for more than 10 minutes during the middle of an NBA play-off game. I know this information is important, but it DOES NOT need the full screen.
why is a tornado more important than the game? evacuate should not take more than a minute. no one cares! thanks for being douchebags
Perhaps we should just shut up about the tornado threat? Well, for people who aren't watching the game: The cold front and severe storms are now off to the west and heavy storms will be moving into Loudoun and Fairfax counties in the next 20 to 30 minutes. The storms within the line are moving upward of 60 m.p.h. The worst of it should be over I-66 in the next 15 minutes. A tornado warning remains for central Prince William and eastern Fauquier and north central Culpeper and the general region is under a tornado watch.