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UPDATE: Northern Virginia Under Flood Warning Until Midnight

Just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road.

Northern Virginia is under a Flood Warning until midnight. NWS map from 9:31 p.m. Wednesday
Northern Virginia is under a Flood Warning until midnight. NWS map from 9:31 p.m. Wednesday
A Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service Wednesday for the DC Metro area has been extended until midnight.

In addition to the flooding, there is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms Wednesday night that could produce damaging winds, hail, and a few tornadoes, especially in the southern part of the region, according to the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang. 

Look for some road closures due to flooding. Check for road closures on VDOT. If you live in Fairfax County, check the emergency blog, which has already posted some road closures.

The Flood Warning is for urban areas and small streams in:
  • DC
  • Arlington County
  • City of Alexandria
  • City of Fairfax
  • City of Falls Church
  • Fairfax County
  • Loudoun County
A Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or has been reported. Stream rises will be slow, the NWS states. Most flood deaths occur in automobiles; never drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway, the NWS warns. Just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road.


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