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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 08/ 7/2008

CommuteCast: A Few Storms Possible

By Ian Livingston

Mostly sunny Friday, temps again near average

Scattered midday thunderstorms, some of which blew down trees and power lines, have moved to the southeast as new showers and thunderstorms develop to the northwest and track in our general direction. Most places have seen highs reach the mid-to-upper 80s. Some locations remain close to those readings, while those cooled by rain are now climbing back through the low and mid 80s. Any additional storms this afternoon should be isolated, but some may still be strong to severe, so keep an eye on the sky if out and about.

Tonight: Following a risk of evening showers and thunderstorms, skies will trend clearer overnight. Low temperatures will fall to around 60 in the suburbs and into the upper 60s for the city. A light wind from the north or northwest will continue.

Tomorrow: The final day of the work week will begin mostly sunny, before some afternoon clouds and an isolated thunderstorm or two pops up. Highs should reach into the mid and upper 80 while a northwest wind blows up to 15 mph at times.

See Dan's full forecast through early next week. Also, check out SkinsCast for the preseason home opener and our forecast for Virgin Mobile Fest.

By Ian Livingston  | August 7, 2008; 3:15 PM ET
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The Mt. Rainier, MD city hall is reporting that a small tornado hit the city during the storms several hours ago. There is no major structure damage, but many trees and PEPCO poles are down, some of them falling on cars or blocking streets.

I'm surprised that there's no news on this yet...

Posted by: jcs | August 7, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

jcs -- What's your source? So far National Weather Service has not reported any confirmed tornadoes in the area today. Just trees and power lines down from gusty thunderstorm winds, including a 64 mph gust in Frederick.

Posted by: Capital Weather Gang | August 7, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

The source is the Mt. Rainier city manager

Posted by: jcs | August 7, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Just had a storm with hail and cloud to ground lightning in Calverton. That was fun.

Posted by: Ana B | August 7, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Also hail in College Park, Beltsville, and Burtonsville around 5-5:15, and I saw several lightning strikes, too.

Posted by: Adam | August 7, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Sorry about the damage some have experienced but I'd love some of the rain. As usual it did not rain a drop in NW Montgomery. Almost three weeks without rain.

Posted by: JT | August 7, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Talking to family, many tornados throughout North Carolina. Crazy lines of storms that went through the country this week.

Posted by: Jamie Jones, Capital Weather Gang | August 7, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

South Bowie took a big hit this evening around 5:30. Numerous trees down, drifts of hail, streets littered with twigs and branches and some minor structural damage. Billboard on Rte 301 pushed in and folded. Power outages. Estimated winds 65 mph, damage confined to narrow swaths and wind changed direction during storm from W to E. At onset, whiteout conditions prevailed for approx 3-5 minutes. After storm, strong smell of freshly cut wood, ground fog.

Posted by: Steve Wasko | August 7, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

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