Special Marine Warning Issued for Potomac River Area Tonight

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Storm clouds over the Potomac River near Mount Vernon (Photo: Robert Pos, on Flickr)
(Photo: Robert Pos, on Flickr)

The National Weather Service has issued a Special Marine Warning for the Potomac River and its associated tributaries tonight (Saturday, August 12) until 8:30 PM.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* SPECIAL MARINE WARNING FOR…
TIDAL POTOMAC FROM INDIAN HEAD TO COBB ISLAND MD…
TIDAL POTOMAC FROM KEY BRIDGE TO INDIAN HEAD MD…

* UNTIL 830 PM EDT

* AT 634 PM EDT…STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 15 NM NORTH OF KEY BRIDGE TO 19 NM NORTHWEST OF
TIDAL BASIN TO 31 NM NORTHWEST OF ALEXANDRIA…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 15 KNOTS.

HAZARD…WIND GUSTS 34 KNOTS OR GREATER.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…BOATERS IN SMALL CRAFT COULD BE THROWN OVERBOARD BY SUDDENLY HIGHER WINDS AND WAVES CAPSIZING THEIR VESSEL.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
LEESYLVANIA STATE PARK…
NATIONAL HARBOR…
QUANTICO…
FORT WASHINGTON…
TIDAL BASIN…
REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT…
GUNSTON HALL…
MASON NECK STATE PARK…
WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE…
INDIAN HEAD…
KEY BRIDGE…
OCCOQUAN BAY…
FORT HUNT…
SMALLWOOD STATE PARK…
AND ALEXANDRIA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

MOVE TO SAFE HARBOR IMMEDIATELY AS GUSTY WINDS AND HIGH WAVES ARE EXPECTED.