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Posted at 9:14 PM ET, 02/11/2009

Very Gusty Storms to Rip Through Region

By Jason Samenow

Severe Thunderstorm Watch for metro area until 1 a.m. (map)

Wind Advisory from 2 a.m. tonight to midnight Thursday night for most of metro area; High Wind Warning for Loudoun and Frederick counties and Blue Ridge (map)

* Full Forecast *

An intense, but narrow line of showers and thunderstorms will blast through the area in the next one to two hours (mainly between 10 and 11 p.m.). Briefly heavy rain, but more importantly, extremely strong winds will likely accompany these storms. Winds may gust up to 70 mph in some instances potentially bringing down tree limbs and causing scattered power outages.

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Warning Text: DC | MD | VA
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Comment with storm reports from your location...

By Jason Samenow  | February 11, 2009; 9:14 PM ET
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I had wind gusts to 46 mph and briefly heavy rain when the squall line passed through about 30 minutes ago.

Posted by: AugustaJim | February 11, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

STWarning just issued for ten counties and four independent cities--it's been a while since I've seen a box that large issued at once!

Posted by: jkuchen | February 11, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Wind reports from thunderstorms thus far in Virginia. These are from the Storm Prediction Center, via the National Weather Service office in Sterling, Va.:

62 mph in Front Royal and 60 mph in Stanardsville. Reports of trees and power lines down in these areas as the storms moved through.

Posted by: Andrew-CapitalWeatherGang | February 11, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

New warnings issued for D.C. and surrounds.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 11, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Who unzipped the sky? We've got a monsoon going on in Lake Ridge.

Posted by: meta2 | February 11, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Opened the bedroom windows to fully enjoy this line of storms! Hopefully I won't regret this decision :) So far my cat is happy with my decision...

Posted by: AnneinSand | February 11, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Looks like things are about to start rockin'her in columbia. Winds starting to pick up

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 11, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

JUST started raining big fat drops here in Northern Alexandria

Posted by: AnneinSand | February 11, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Winds and rain just started coming on strong in NW DC.

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | February 11, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

had a very brief period of rain and gusty winds in Clarendon, but nothing too bad.

Posted by: novajeffc | February 11, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Did I hear hail or just wind-driven rain against my windows a few minutes ago?

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | February 11, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

...and they've died down already.

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | February 11, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Well, that was a let-down...

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 11, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

agreed :( I dont think the pavement even got really wet here.

Posted by: AnneinSand | February 11, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Well... at least DC is being an equal opportunity let-down this winter. Snow and "storms" alike.

Posted by: kallieh | February 11, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

It WAS a let down. Just one more in a string of weather event no shows.. well, there's always next week....

Posted by: Snowlover2 | February 11, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Man, seriously. I got out of bed for this. I guess it's silly to complain when I didn't even believe there was a remote possibility of a storm until about a half hour ago, but still.

I'm going back to bed.

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | February 11, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Storm initially came thru Front Royal aboutg an hour ago and was intense. Sounded like a tornado. Live among huge oak trees and stuff was hitting the house frequently. Died down for awhile. Quite windy right now but no rain. My daughter lives about 30 mins away out here and said the wind picked up her VERY HEAVY patio table and thru it across her back yard. Waiting to morning to see the damage. Everyone stay safe.

Posted by: capone1 | February 11, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

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