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Posted at 10:30 PM ET, 06/ 3/2009

Torrential Downpours Move Through Metro Area

By Ian Livingston

Reports of roads flooded in Md. and Va.

* Flash Flood Watch Until 6 AM Thursday | Full Forecast *
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After scattered severe storms earlier, a solid line of showers and storms is now moving west to east across the metro area. The main threats include heavy rain, dangerous lightning, large hail and damaging winds, and an isolated tornado can't be ruled out. Flooding has been reported on I-270 in Rockville, where two cars were reported stranded, on Rt. 50 in Chantilly, Va., and in Arcola, Va. These storms should be exiting the area to the east between 10 and 11 p.m., with just some lingering showers through the overnight.

Monitor radar and severe warnings issued by the National Weather Service on our Severe Weather Tracking Sation below. Also, comment below with conditions where you are, and see our full forecast through the weekend.

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By Ian Livingston  | June 3, 2009; 10:30 PM ET
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Pretty good wallop here in Alex. Red/purple dot right over us on the radar.

Posted by: mmurphy70 | June 3, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Tornado warning for Page and Madison counties. Also some thunder here in southeast Montgomery County, and overcast skies. I'm at the northern edge of the DC/PG severe t-storm warning.

Posted by: Murre | June 3, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Tornado Warning on a storm to the west.

* at 642 PM EDT... National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm with strong rotation near Stanley... moving southeast at 10 mph. A funnel cloud was reported in Shenandoah.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 3, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Current temp. in Burke: 70.2 and cloudy.


The line of thunderstorms to my west looks pretty interesting!

Posted by: Yellowboy | June 3, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

New Tornado Warning: for




Posted by: Murre | June 3, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Warnings are flying on that line headed in now.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 3, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

From @dcweatheralerts: Flash Flood Wrng for Arl & Alx, Fairfax, Loudon, DC, Most of Moco until 10:30. Serve TStorm Wrng for Stafford, Spotsy, and Faquier till 815

Here comes the line of pretty heavy storms and rain

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | June 3, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

And here we go yet again as a very severe line of storms is headed our way. Stafford seems to be the bullseye for every storm coming through.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | June 3, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

The most intense activity seems to be pulsing on a trajectory to the south of D.C. but stay on high alert!!!

This stuff pulsed over my location 2 hrs. ago with .20 rain and light winds, though the NWS had me under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning.

Posted by: AugustaJim | June 3, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA - Dead calm with storm clouds & thunder in western Fairfax county.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | June 3, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Steady heavy rain, diminishing somewhat, in Silver Spring.

Posted by: Murre | June 3, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Line really seems to be strengthening as it moves NE. I expect to see more Warnings soon

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | June 3, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

We're getting belted right now...

Posted by: david_in_stafford | June 3, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Rain stopped in Silver Spring (at least I can no longer hear it over the music) ... but I'm waiting for the intense line to move in soon.

Posted by: Murre | June 3, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Pre-line cell darkening the skies here in Columbia, no rain or thunder yet though

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 3, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Thunder and lightening in Dumfries. No rain yet, but it's just a matter of time. We got slammed last night. My daughter (15) slept thru it, but our 5 yr old was in the bedroom after the 2nd thunder clap. I think we're in for a repeat tonight. What a way to spend your anniversary!

Posted by: southbridgemom | June 3, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

anybody getting any large hail

Posted by: billy12 | June 3, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA - Almost constant thunder & lightning here. Most of this electrical; activity is not that close but there have been a few scary cracks and it is getting worse. Rain was slow to pick up but it is pounding down now with big wind gusts bringing in wonderful cool air.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | June 3, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Straight downpour right now. Still no lightning. Hopefully the line stays together all the way here. Enjoyed watching several folks running for cover though.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 3, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Here on the Blue Ridge east of Front Royal, it's still drizzling but the main front seems to have passed. We missed the severe weather (no hail, especially high winds or real close lightning) but we picked up about 1 and 3/8" of rain. Despite having just cleaned the gutters, the downpour overwhelmed the downspouts on our catslide roof for a bit and the gutters were overtopping.

Those to the east, enjoy the weather.

Current temp: 61.0F

Posted by: spgass1 | June 3, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

A bit of rotation in the storm near Fairfax, this is the same cell that was tornado warned a while back I think.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 3, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA - So much rain! The wind & noise have blown thru, but the rain won't stop.
Very windy & worrisome there for a few minutes, but the local trees and roofs seem to be all in one piece.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | June 3, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Rain has been getting heavier and the thunder louder. Methinks I will turn off the computer now.

Posted by: Murre | June 3, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Drowning in College Park. And listening to all of the car alarms going off. And the thunder is pretty loud. It can stop now, thanks ...

Posted by: cady123 | June 3, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

line looks to be bowing out and headed right for me. Could get interesting in the next 30 min.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 3, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Dulles has had well over 2" of rain since 8pm.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 3, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

"Drowning in College Park."
You don't mean that someone drowned in College Park, do you?

BTW: I saw a car stranded in between the two sides of Rt. 7 near Tysons Corner. Only the front of the car was deep in the water, but I think they might have to write off the vehicle.

Posted by: KBurchfiel | June 3, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

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