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Posted at 4:16 PM ET, 06/ 6/2010

Wild weather pounds region

By Washington Post Editors

Much of the Washington region is under a tornado watch through Sunday evening, as a broken line of strong thunderstorms has been moving across the area. The National Weather Service said the area could experience damaging wind gusts, with large hail and isolated tornadoes a possibility through about 8 p.m.

Though there had not been any reports of a tornado touching down as of Sunday afternoon, Prince George’s County and surrounding areas had a tornado warning up until about 3:15 p.m. A severe thunderstorm near Stafford County caused another warning in that area just before 3:40 p.m., and foreboding clouds, drenching rains and heavy winds stretched across much of the region.

Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport both had short ground stops for all flights as storms rolled through the area Sunday afternoon, but normal service was quickly restored. The region’s power companies were reporting scattered minor outages in the District, Maryland and Virginia.

Alexandria officials, issuing a tornado watch alert Sunday afternoon, reminded residents to review tornado safety tips.
Though not always associated with the Washington region, tornadoes do touch down here, most often in the hot and humid months from May to September, when conditions fuel thunderstorms. According to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, there were 87 tornadoes in Virginia in 2004, the most ever recorded in the state.

--Josh White

By Washington Post Editors  | June 6, 2010; 4:16 PM ET
 
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