National Weather Service Issues Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Our Area

| September 12, 2013 | 0 Comments | News

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A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 10 p.m., covering the D.C. Metro area and Baltimore Metro area and even extending into West Virginia, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The thunderstorm watch includes counties and cities in Northern Virginia: Prince William, Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun, Fauquier, Stafford, Culpepper, Manassas and Fredericksburg.

The National Weather Service is warning that this is a potentially dangerous storm.

“Thunderstorms will be capable of producing locally damaging wind gusts and large hail,” states the NWS website.

In Bristow, the worst of the storm appears to have swept through around 3:45 p.m.

This is congruous with the NWS report, stating that at 3:47 p.m., “a severe thunderstorm was detected near Warrenton and was moving east at 20 miles per hour.”

However with the watch extending into the late evening, residents should be on the look-out for the possibility of another flash storm.

Residents are warned not to go on the water for any kind of sport, and in the event of heavy rainfall, to seek a safe place inside.

“This is a dangerous storm,” stated the NWS website. “If you are in its path, move indoors to a sturdy building and stay away from windows. When it is safe to do so, report severe weather to local law enforcement or to the National Weather Service.”

Some rainfall may continue past midnight and into the early morning hours, according to the NWS.

“Showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then isolated showers between midnight and 3 a.m. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New rainfall amounts to between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.”

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