Flash Flood Watch Issued in Alexandria Area Wednesday

by Lee Hernly, Editor

Flash Flood Watch issued in advance of expected heavy rain

The National Weather Service has issued the following Flash Flood Watch for Alexandria, Virginia and the surrounding area from 4:00 PM tonight through the early morning hours (August 17, 2016).   This is due to the expected heavy downpours today from the expected thunderstorms and the rain rates may cause flash flooding in low lying areas.

What’s the difference between a Flash Flood Watch and a Flash Flood Warning? Click this link.

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON
THROUGH LATE TONIGHT…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF MARYLAND…THE DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA AND VIRGINIA…INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS…IN
MARYLAND…ANNE ARUNDEL…CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST HOWARD…
CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST MONTGOMERY…NORTHWEST HOWARD…
NORTHWEST MONTGOMERY…PRINCE GEORGES AND SOUTHERN BALTIMORE.
THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. IN VIRGINIA…ARLINGTON/FALLS
CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA…CLARKE…CULPEPER…EASTERN LOUDOUN…
FAIRFAX…FREDERICK VA…GREENE…MADISON…NORTHERN
FAUQUIER…NORTHERN VIRGINIA BLUE RIDGE…ORANGE…PAGE…
PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK…RAPPAHANNOCK…
ROCKINGHAM…SHENANDOAH…SOUTHERN FAUQUIER…WARREN AND
WESTERN LOUDOUN.

* FROM 4 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE TONIGHT.

* THUNDERSTORMS WILL INCREASE IN COVERAGE DURING THE LATE
AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS. THERE IS POTENTIAL FOR RAINFALL
RATES OF ONE TO TWO INCHES PER HOUR IN ADDITION TO REPETITIVE
THUNDERSTORMS.

* LOCALLY EXCESSIVE RAINFALL COULD CAUSE RAPID FLOODING OF SMALL
STREAMS AS WELL AS LOW-LYING AND URBAN AREAS.

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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