Strong Storms Douse Region with Rain
Deadly lightning, large hail, possible tornado reported
For the second time in as many weeks, torrents of rain drenched large parts of the region last night.
On the Eastern U.S. Weather Forums, a thread proclaims Dulles Airport (IAD) "the new Bangladesh" -- having received more than 15" of rain since April 15. Around 9 p.m. last night, 1.28" of rain poured down from the heavens in a mere 25 minutes, with 1.79" that hour. In all, IAD picked up 2.69" of rain yesterday, just 8 days after receiving 3.59" on 5/26. National Airport (DCA) received 1.5" of rain, about 0.5" short of its daily record of 1.97" set in 1963. The heavy rains produced flash flooding in a number of locations in Loudoun, Fairfax, and Montgomery counties.
While the rain was the primary story in the metro region, some very large hail was observed just to our south and southwest, along with a possible tornado.
Keep reading for more on last night's storms...
Golfball size hail was reported in Spotsylvania and Stafford Counties, with one report of 2.5" diameter hail (approaching tennis ball size). Not to be outdone, baseball size hail (2.75" in diameter) was noted in Page County, along with a possible tornado. The National Weather Service is sending a storm survey team to the town of Stanley where damage to building structures was observed, including the destruction of a mobile home, to determine whether a tornado occurred.
WUSA9.com has videos of hail shot yesterday in Fredericksburg, Va., and New Market, Va.
For more storm reports from yesterday, visit the Storm Prediction Center Storm Report page.
| June 4, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
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