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Posted at 3:23 PM ET, 05/31/2008

Update: Storm Threat Shifting South

By Jason Samenow

*Tornado Watch lifted for immediate metro area*
*New Tornado Watch in effect until 9 p.m. for southern suburbs (Prince William, Fauquier and Stafford counties) and central and southern Virginia.*

A satellite image of the thunderstorm complex over the metro area (and several to the southwest) at 2:45 p.m. Courtesy NASA.

The worst of the severe weather has likely passed through much of the metro weather for now. Some isolated strong to severe storms could develop later (don't let your guard down entirely) and we will keep you updated if new watches or warnings are issued. The strongest activity should now be in central and southern Virginia where some severe storms capable of producing tornadoes may develop late this afternoon into the evening.

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See our full forecast for the outlook into early next week. Keep reading for previous alerts.


3:30 p.m.: Severe Thunderstorm Warning remains in effect for southern and eastern suburbs until 3:45 p.m.. Strong storms continue to affect eastern Fairfax and Prince William counties, and Prince Georges and Charles counties.

By Jason Samenow  | May 31, 2008; 3:23 PM ET
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picked up .43" Sun trying to come out now. Overall, it was a "quiet" thunderstorm with a few bouts of moderate to heavy rain and some lighting and thunder. If nothing else, it was relaxing!

Posted by: mike @ twinbrook | May 31, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Will there be a Round 2 later this afternoon? With the worst of it pulling out of Merrifield now, I need to run to the store to for more chocolate. Will look for Icelandic stuff....

Posted by: ~sg | May 31, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm wondering the same thing about a round two. The atmosphere (on SPC mesoanalysis) seems like it has really gotten more stable across areas that had numerous storms. If the sun comes back out, will we have development of a linear type system? The stuff out in PA/WV doesn't look all that timpressive at this time.

Posted by: Kenny L. | May 31, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

got some hail in fairfax county around rose hill area

Posted by: Kenny G | May 31, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Two fierce storms here in Mt Vernon over the past couple of hours, leaving a total of 1 3/4" in the rain gauge.

Posted by: Etta | May 31, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Very intense thunderstorms here in Chesapeake Beach, Md. (around 2:30 p.m.), with hail about the size of a quarter lashing the windows of our house. Lost power a couple of times, but only for a few minutes. There were chunks of ice sitting in the planter on our front stoop! Never experienced anything like that before.

Posted by: SwingsetAbby | May 31, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Tornado Warning for northern Caroline County (in northeast central Virginia), south of Stafford county. Very impressive signature on radar.

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | May 31, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Good job on the forecast, you guys called severe storms for saturday I think as far back as wed. almost to the hour.

Posted by: bfn | May 31, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Intense lightning and rain in 2 storms in Kingstowne/Hayfield area. A lull at end of 1st storm accompanied by a few minutes of sudden quarter-sized hail & re-darkening (greenish!) clouds sent me scrambling to look for funnel clouds around 3:30. No could find, thank heaven!

Posted by: VAStateOfMind | May 31, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

ep -- what do you mean by "lost a couple of wall plugs"?

Posted by: Murre | May 31, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Dime size hail in the Beacon Hill area south of Alexandria. That was during the first storm. Second storm had closer lightning, but the first was much stronger.

Posted by: Tim | May 31, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

ep -- Could this be related to what you are talking about?



Posted by: Murre | May 31, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Anything on the alleged tornado that touched down in Prince Georges County?

Lost a couple of wall plugs when the storm first hit.

Posted by: ep | May 31, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Only .24 inches in NW Montgomery. Must not have been too much of a storm. I was in Jefferson County, WV where there was torrential rain, flooding of small creeks, hail, frequent lightning, and I photographed what appeared to be a funnel cloud coming out of a wall cloud. When you are guys going to add the photo feature that you talked about and had on the old site?

Posted by: JT | May 31, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

JASON et al. -- This has been going on all afternoon -- some people have timestamps showing real time, and some have timestamps showing one hour ahead.

All replies appear in order of timestamp, so that I am asking poster ep a question about something that he posted "after" I asked him the question.

I am once more showing real time timestamps, but I wasn't for a time earlier this afternoon.

6:00 pm.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 31, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Oops, my JASON comment was unsigned.

ep -- Channel 4 is showing trees down around Fort Washington and Indian Head Highway. They are talking about a "possible" tornado.

ep -- What do you mean by loosing wall plugs?

6:04 pm

Posted by: Murre | May 31, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Storm total (through 7pm)- West Springfield (Accotink Lk/Mixing Bowl) = 2.02"

Posted by: Bikerjohn | May 31, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Trees down in Ft. Washington? I hope the little marina down there is okay - that's where I had my boat all winter.

Posted by: ~sg | May 31, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

@Flight route to FL: Check out the SE US radar loop here - looks to me like small, fast-blooming 'popcorn' storms that keep popping up along the north-south flight routes that I recall (used to work the aviation racket). Check this link for FAA info on ground delays in current effect:
Airports all up & down the east coast are under delays. That just keeps compounding, and 30 min delays can turn into 6 hour delays pretty quick when you include more and more airports.

Posted by: ~sg | May 31, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Hubby's Dulles plane STILL has not left - was a 2:45 flight to Orlando. Captain said the flight path has bad weather. Can anyone help me understand where that bad weather is??

Posted by: Flight route to FL? | May 31, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, ~sg; hubby just messaged that they are leaving the tarmac now. So, we'll hope it's actually left. Poor guy. At least he bought an extra sandwich, and I sent him with a big bag of brownies. And I send a basket of fruit & water to his room.

Posted by: yes, 6 hr delays | May 31, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

LOL - my flight info post should come after the one it's right before!

Posted by: ~sg | May 31, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

The D.C. area continues to be the "sweet spot".

Many in the central Shenandosh received 0.00 this afternoon. I was lucky to have receive .22 much needed rain in a gentle thundershower.

Perhaps better luck next week.

Posted by: Augusta Jim | May 31, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Well, the plugs were working before the storm hit. The storm hit and they no longer worked. You plugged stuff in and got nothng.

Posted by: ep | May 31, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

In Upper Marlboro, we had 1.5" sized hail that completely shredded our garden, grape arbor, flowering dogwoods, nearly everything outside. The cars (even two of ours) in our neighborhood suffered dents and broken windshields. I am surprised the windows in our house didn't break. I guess it's time to start the garden over again...

Posted by: MadMax | May 31, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

If DCA can't manage to get .03" the rest of the evening wwe will fall just short of all time record for May. Currently stands at 10.66" for the month, 10.69" is the record (on two different years).

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | May 31, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

At Plum Point, was busy watching the storm coming through Breezy Point Marina and didn't get in the house quick enough to close windows. Blew out all the screens on the north side of the house. In one area the winds tore books out of the bookshelf and puzzle pieces were everywhere. Didn't notice any hail (too busy dodging books and other paraphernalia) and we're 7 miles south of Chesapeake Beach. Lost power (BG&E) about 2:30 and didn't come back until 5:15 p.m. It was challenging preparing for a dinner party with no power and no water.

Posted by: MK | May 31, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

hey madmax sounds like you got the worst of the hail where in upper marlboro are you

Posted by: billy | June 1, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Off of Route 4 and Dower House Road

Posted by: Madmax | June 1, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

In Huntley Meadows/Beacon Hill area of FFX Co - was stuck in my car outside my house for a good 10 minutes of dime to penny sized hail in the 1st storm. In second storm was near Kingstowne/Alexandria with a few minutes of dime sized hail. One of the huge runoff catch basins there along South Van Dorn was full and water was shooting up out of the storm drains on the street.

Posted by: Sue R | June 1, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

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