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The Hot Afternoon Commute

As I hear about problems, I'll post them here ...

Driving. A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Loudoun, Frederick, Montgomery and Howard counties until 6:15 p.m., and more heavy weather may follow through the evening.

Trains slow. MARC says that the high heat has led once again to speed restrictions on the afternoon trains. This affects all lines, and riders should anticipate delays of 10 to 15 minutes.

The Camden Line already was having problems because of the oil truck fire on the Hanover Street ramp in Baltimore that shut train service all morning. But MARC says it is operating a "holiday" schedule this afternoon on the Camden Line.

Brunswick Line Train 881 is starting service from Silver Spring Station. Metro is honoring MARC tickets.

Metrorail. Metro, which suffered a derailment on the Orange Line yesterday afternoon, says all is good so far today. The Orange Line is back in business, though outbound trains are going slower through the derailment area.

Traffic. To get the latest on road conditions, check the map and camera views on our Traffic page. The motorcycle accident that was backing up traffic across the Wilson Bridge on the Capital Beltway's inner loop has been cleared.

Other useful sites are TrafficLand and traffic.com. When you're on the road in the afternoon, you can't beat Bob Marbourg, with traffic news every 10 minutes on WTOP radio.

In Baltimore, the ramp from southbound Hanover Street to southbound I-95 remains closed to repair damage caused by this morning's tanker fire. Drivers are being directed to turn right on McComas Street from
southbound Hanover Street. They should then make a U-turn at Key
Highway intersection, which will lead them to the McComas Street
entrance to southbound I-95.

By Robert Thomson  |  June 10, 2008; 2:24 PM ET
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