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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 06/28/2010

Severe storms heading east of city

By Capital Weather Gang

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Live NWS warnings & CWG alerts
Fed by CWG's @dcWeatherAlerts. See warning map and radar below.
Full warning text: DC | MD | VA.

3:15 p.m.: Storms now exiting Fairfax and Montgomery County, and focusing on the eastern District and western Prince George's county in Md. where warnings remain in effect.

Notes from commenters and Twitter (@capitalweather) followers (caveat: we cannot assure accuracy of these reports):

- Maybe 40-45mph on the gusts in Suitland. (@ajfroggie)
- MD-410 thru Hyattsville flooded. (@pseudoprime)
- The June 28 storm took down a tall tree in a small strip of woods just outside my office in Chantilly, VA. (@Richard_at_ARIN)
- Haven't seen clouds like this in the city since the 2001 tornado. (atoms5)

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

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Keep reading for earlier storm updates...

From earlier...

2:50 p.m.: A big chunk of the immediate metro area is currently covered by severe t'storm warnings through 3:30 p.m.. The storm moving through Fairfax County may produce winds upwards of 60 mph along with torrential rains and dangerous lightning. This storm will impact the northern two-thirds of Fairfax County (around and north of I-66) and the District.

Notes from Twitter (@capitalweather) followers (caveat: we cannot assure accuracy of these reports):

- Wind gusts blowing around construction materials on Seminary Rd. Alexandria. (@turbulentmouse)
- Flooded roads on Wisconsin across from the Bethesda Metro! (@JennyKOBrien)
- Their is currently a hurricane in progress in Dupont Circle. (@cbzimmerman)

2:45 p.m.:As storms continue dousing suburbs north of the District, an storm in western Fairfax county is intensifying and has been rocking places like Centreville. A Twitter follower (@capitalweather) there witnessed a wind gusts estimated at more than 60 mph knock down tree. This severe storm is headed east, northeast -- along I-66 towards the city.

2:15 p.m.: A broken line of storms currently extends from southeast Loudoun county through northwest Fairfax County and central Montgomery County and then towards Baltimore. This line will move to the east over the next hour towards northwest D.C., northern Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties. Some additional storms are forming to the southwest -- so some storms could still impact the points south of the District, but odds are lower. Storms seems to be intensifying, so look out for torrential rain, strong winds and dangerous lightning.

1:30 p.m.: Storms are already developing and impacting the north and west suburbs. With plenty of hot, unstable air ahead of this line, these storms may grow more intense as they head to the northeast over the next several hours. As this line of storms is broken, some areas may get missed -- especially from the District south.

1:28 p.m.: The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for much of the metro area until 8 p.m. Look out for the following possible impacts:


By Capital Weather Gang  | June 28, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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Beautiful line of storms that will screw (ie, miss) Northern Virginia once again!

Posted by: rocotten | June 28, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

'bout time!

Posted by: LouLewis | June 28, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Starting to hear rumbles of thunder to go along with the pouring rain up here in Rockville.

Posted by: spacecadetkid | June 28, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Wind is howling and rain is pouring here in Laurel!

Posted by: megamuphen | June 28, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

megamuphen, i am in brentwood, md, and i see dark sky to the north, in your direction. i'm thinking i'm glad that i've been watering my outdoor plants, trees, because who knows if i'll get any rain and how long it might last. yesterday i got maybe two raindrops. ok, now, the wind is picking up, but the sky is darker to the north than it is to the west.

Posted by: saracooper | June 28, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

The heavens have opened up here in Silver Spring.

Posted by: epjd | June 28, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Haven't seen clouds this dark in NW DC in a long time.

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | June 28, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Very scary looking sky & lightning crackles in Centreville VA. Rain blowing in right now. WOW.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | June 28, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I usually don't turn any lights on in my apartment during the day in the summer, but it is so dark now that I have to to see anything!

Posted by: megamuphen | June 28, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

>Wow. Haven't seen clouds this dark in NW DC in a long time.

Me neither. The last time I saw things this dark may have been either the early June 2008 fast-moving cells that raked the area, or the afternoon that there was the tornado in ?Chillum.

Posted by: Murre | June 28, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

ok, i just went out to batten things down outside, and got almost drenched. (brentwood md)

Posted by: saracooper | June 28, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Metro Center also looks like a movie set-sky! very ominous. The rain is trying to make its way from uptown to downtown.. we'll see if it can fight through the warm dome of stable air over the hot city...

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | June 28, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Pouring nicely in Reston...

Posted by: fsd50 | June 28, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Got my rain.....want some too?

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | June 28, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I am almost certainly crazy, but I'd swear I just saw the beginnings of a funnel cloud coming down from the edge of the front as it passed over between Metro Center and Penn Quarter. It was nowhere near the ground when I lost sight of it behind the building across the way.

There is definitely a lot of swirling action up in those low clouds.

Posted by: wahoo2x | June 28, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Getting slammed in Fairfax right now. Can't even see out the window it's raining so hard. Thunder and lightning everywhere.

Posted by: rwalker66 | June 28, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Will miss SO MD... again. We couldn't BUY a drop of rain!

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | June 28, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

No rain at all here in DC (NW - near Metro Center) yet. Just dark black skies for a bit. And how was there a 2:45pm update at 2:38?

Posted by: happydad3 | June 28, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Thunder/lightning/driving rain/rock and roll by 29 and Nutley right now. Just saved all my work; power's been known to go out here.

Posted by: Gunga2009 | June 28, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Oh man, it got dark and windy here in Adams Morgan, we got approximately 14 raindrops... and it's over. And still 94 degrees out. Come on!

Posted by: CuseFan07 | June 28, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

firedragon, I doubt you can make it go backwards and hit Front Royal. I hope the CWG photo guys have their cameras with them.

Posted by: eric654 | June 28, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

The rain is coming down in buckets here in Calverton. Not too much lightning and thunder though. Hoping this winds down fast as I have to leave for a flight out of BWI at 5pm. Also hoping for minimal or no delays (but I have no illusions there).

Posted by: ana_b | June 28, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Well, I hope my sister heeded my warnings(she's in town being touristy). DC proper looks like it's in this next storms sights.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 28, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

looked very ominous over dupont 15 minutes ago. it's gotten a little better now...

Posted by: nativetexan2 | June 28, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Every time I see a line of storms go through earlier than I anticipated, I wonder if that was "it" (that is, the front passed through). Is there a way of telling online without having to ask? Hopefully there's more rain chances to come!

Posted by: k9frizb | June 28, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

According to the closest Weatherbug station it is currently 69 degrees here in the Fair Oaks section of Fairfax as the heavy rain and storminess continues. Cold front indeed! Goodbye 90s, hello 60s!

Posted by: rwalker66 | June 28, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

It just started raining a few drop in Glover Park.

Posted by: LouLewis | June 28, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Get ready, DC; I've been hearing almost constant thunder from the cell in Fairfax that is heading due east. 77.8 degrees here in Sterling, down from 94 before the storm.

Posted by: Sterlingva | June 28, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow that was awesome. Just about done now and it looks like several inches of standing water in the backyard.
Tomatoes took a beating, as there were some terrific wind gusts.
Of course this all went down about 30 minutes after I had finished the morning round of watering.
Be careful out there.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | June 28, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Snowflakes in Calvert County.

Posted by: SA-Town | June 28, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

wow....rain/thunder/scared-out-of-his-wits-dog here in falls church. very dark, too. raining so hard i can barely see the house across the street. if you're working on a computer, save your work!, is this likely to mean no t-storms later this evening, like, say, from 5:00 on?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | June 28, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Haven't seen clouds like this in the city since the 2001 tornado.

Posted by: atoms5 | June 28, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

DC it should be hitting you very soon if not now. Batten down the hatches.

Posted by: rwalker66 | June 28, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Streetlights have turned on in Rosslyn. I'd say we had about 1/2 mile or less visibility in the heaviest rain.

Posted by: eric654 | June 28, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Got real dark and windy here in Springfield for a few. Clouds look pretty scary. Very droopy now and dark. Started with some rain, but none now. No wind now but the low dark clouds are still here.

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | June 28, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful, swirling charcoal and grey clouds with several gusts and a smattering of rain through Michigan Park. Now much of the District is in a dry wedge; let's hope the remaining line moves due east on I-66 through the city.

Here comes the second line, with RAIN, WONDERFUL RAIN!!

Posted by: TominMichiganParkDC | June 28, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Coming through Crystal City now.

Posted by: magicdomino | June 28, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Pouring here at Farragut Square!! Yes!

Posted by: ajbouche | June 28, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

The gully washer in Falls Church took my grass clippings and sticks on down the gully. Curbs are clean as a whistle. Just rain now but Walter was rained so hard I could not see to the neighbor's house. No damage in my neighborhood but the thunder was scary. Felt like it was right over my head.

Posted by: tbva | June 28, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Raining hard in DC near Smithsonian for about 10 minutes... rain banging on the windows... then it stopped... still some rumblings of thunder.

Also dark out there...

Posted by: MaxPowerDJ | June 28, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

The "porch" is full o' meteorologists here in suitland. Got a nice view of a ragged shelf cloud as it moved in, some pretty good gusts prolly around 30 mph or so.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 28, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Rain has stopped, blue skies can be seen off to the west here in Fair Oaks, and we have a much nicer temp of 74.

Posted by: rwalker66 | June 28, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I stand corrected- we got rain. And a little thunder. And some wind. I miss the crazy violent storms of 2008, maybe that's why I'm less than impressed with this one! :)

Posted by: CuseFan07 | June 28, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

How much rain have folks recorded?

Posted by: steske | June 28, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Storm was decent here in Dupont, similar clouds to what Brian saw and same on winds. DCA looked to be near the core winds and gusted to 44 mph.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 28, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow, quite the temp drop in Bethesda. Went from 95 before the storms (2pm) to 74 (current temp as of 3:30pm). I feel under dressed now...

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | June 28, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Still nice HEAVY rainfall here in Crystal City. Hoping for cooler temps when leaving work.

Posted by: schrute | June 28, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

We got heavy rain, gusts, then it sort of slowed down. It started up again and was steady, then is stopped. Now, it's on again. During the lull, i went outside and checked my rain gauge. It was at .60 of an inch. Still cloudy and somewhat dark. This is in NE DC.

Posted by: jojo2008 | June 28, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

What a welcome thunderstorm. We need the rain! (Plus, it was just plain fun to watch.)

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | June 28, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Nice rain, skies starting to clear in Alexandria/Arlington. Going to take a look at my tomato plant to see how it fared during the downpour!

Posted by: rosilandjordan | June 28, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I guess we were on the very southern edge as we got a little wind and only enough rain to dampen the ground here in the Tantallon section of Ft Washington, MD. We could use A LOT more! All of you with standing water send it on down our way.

Posted by: ftwash | June 28, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Basically sunny again in NW. Any chance for another round to fire up before sunset?

Posted by: LouLewis | June 28, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

The second line brought MUCH-NEEDED heavy rain. My two rain gauges averaged 0.62" here in Michigan Park in NE. Temperatures dropped from 92 to 70.2, and have since rebounded to 83.6.

Hopefully, the atmosphere remains sufficiently unstable to generate more MUCH-NEEDED rain when the front finally comes through tonight!

Posted by: TominMichiganParkDC | June 28, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

What is this rain every1 is talking about? Nary a drop here in Spotsy.

Posted by: VaTechBob | June 28, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

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