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Posted at 6:17 PM ET, 04/21/2009

Strong Storms Rumbling through Region

By Jason Samenow

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect for extreme eastern Fairfax county, eastern Alexandria, Arlington, Washington, D.C., Eastern Montgomery, Howard, central and southern Prince George's and Charles counties until 7:00-7:15 p.m.; and for southern Anne Arundel, Calvert and St. Mary's counties until 7:30 p.m. | Special Marine Warning for large section of Tidal Potomac until 7:45 p.m. *

A line of scattered thunderstorms is sweeping through the area from southwest to northeast. A few of the storms may produce pea to penny sized hail. Heavy downpours, gusty winds (up to 60 mph) and downpours will be common in many of the storms. The storms will pass through eastern Fairfax County, the District and into the Maryland suburbs during the next hour. Most of the activity will wind down by 8 p.m. or so.

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By Jason Samenow  | April 21, 2009; 6:17 PM ET
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Comments

Whoa! POURING and blowing here in Mt. Vernon. No hail yet, though

Posted by: dixiechick1 | April 21, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Big thunder lots of wind very dark dark skies in College Park near campus. Perhaps a drop or two of water....quiet birdies and squirrels hunkered down....

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | April 21, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

We hardly received anything in my part of Silver Spring. The storm is all over here.

Posted by: Murre | April 21, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Nice command of the real estate on the WaPo online front page! CWG is linked right under the banner. Seems like the online Post sees the value of the Gang's blog.

A storm rumbled through Merrifield about an hour ago. All is quiet now, but the sky is black and threatening.

Posted by: --sg | April 21, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

That severe TS warning for Fairfax County may have been overblown some, though, admittedly, I didn't see the entire cell first-hand. Still, it didn't look that big or intense on radar, precipitation tops weren't that high, and it did not produce much lightning. I was between Vienna and Oakton......right under where NWS said the worst part of the cell was going, yet all we got was some moderate rain, a few cloud-to-ground lightning strokes, no hail, and a couple of maybe 25 MPH wind gusts. It was over in about 15 minutes. A far cry from a severe storm.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | April 21, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps I should clarify my post above a litle. I was talking about the first cell to come into Fairfax County......from the SW. That one was much less severe than NWS was aying.

Later, another line came into Eastern Fairfax County and Alexandria from the south......that one was another matter; it did look larger and more intense, as the posters from Mt. Vernon suggested. But that was NOT the earlier storm that NWS said was severe, and, in (probable) fact, was not.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | April 21, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Wish I had broght my camera with me to my game tonight. A complete, double rainbow was visible for about 10 minutes up by Rockburn Branch Park. It was quite inspiring.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | April 21, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

So did you win?

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | April 21, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

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