Flash Flood Watch Issued for Alexandria, Virginia Tuesday

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The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Alexandria, Virginia and the D.C. Metro area TODAY (Tuesday, May 15, 2018) from 3:00 p.m. through late tonight 1:00 a.m.
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The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Alexandria, Virginia and the D.C. Metro area TODAY (Tuesday, May 15, 2018) from 3:00 p.m. through late tonight 1:00 a.m.

NWS says more storms are likely late today & thru tonight. While there may be isolated instances of damaging wind & hail, the bigger threat will be from heavy rain & potential for flash flooding.

... FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON
THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...

The National Weather Service in Sterling Virginia has expanded
the

* Flash Flood Watch to include portions of central Maryland, The
  District of Columbia, and northern Virginia, including the
  following areas, in central Maryland, Prince Georges. The
  District of Columbia. In northern Virginia, Arlington/Falls
  Church/Alexandria and Fairfax.

* From 3 PM EDT this afternoon through late tonight

* A front will sag across the region this afternoon into this
  evening. A couple rounds of thunderstorms are expected to
  accompany the front and should move across the Mason-Dixon
  region late afternoon. These thunderstorms should push farther
  south and east into eastern West Virginia, northern Virginia
  and portions of northern Maryland during the evening. Heavy
  rainfall and lightning will be the main threats with the
  potential of encountering damaging winds and hail in the
  strongest thunderstorms. Rainfall amounts could average 1 to 3
  inches later this afternoon and this evening. Flash flooding
  is possible, especially in slow-moving thunderstorms.

* Flash flooding risk is for small streams particularly in urban
  areas like Baltimore and Hagerstown.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

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