NOAA Issues Tornado Watch, Flash Flood Watch for D.C. Metro Area

| June 10, 2013 | 0 Comments | News

(Credit: NOAA) Possibility of tornados until midnight.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced a “hazardous weather outlook” for Northern Virginia, D.C. and the Mid-Atlantic region, including a Tornado Watch and Flash Flood Watch.

The Tornado Watch is in effect for June 10 from 2- 10 p.m. Prince William is listed among the Virginia counties that may be affected.

“Isolated tornadoes and locally damaging winds are possible,” says the NOAA, “with thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.”

Also underthe Tornado Watch is most of Northern Virginia, including the counties of Fairfax, Loudoun, Fauquier, Stafford and Culpepper and cities of Manassas, Manassas Park, Fairfax, Falls Church, Alexandria and Richmond.

In addition to the Tornado Watch, the area is under a Flash Food Watch, which is in effect for June 10 until midnight.

The NOAA says, “A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.”

As flash flooding is a dangerous situation, the National Weather Service suggests people monitor the situation and be “prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.”

NOAA is forecasting thunderstorms producing heavy rain, which could lead to the flooding “of small streams and creeks” which “could linger into the overnight hours.”

Flooding is possible in the D.C. Metro area, including Prince William County, Manassas, Manassas Park, Fairfax, Leesburg, Alexandria, Falls Church and Fredericksburg.

In addition, the rest of the week may hold its own hazardous weather conditions, and NOAA says, “Another round of heavy rainfall may produce flash flooding Wednesday night into Thursday.”

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