Photos of storm damage around the Alexandria, Virginia area on October 15, 2014.
This post will be updated throughout the day. After last night's thunderstorm's (there have been reports of a possible tornado near Manassas), there is the task of cleaning up. First reports are starting to flow in of the storm damage...
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1000 PM EDT. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL CONTINUE TO DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON ALONG AND SOUTH OF A SLOW-MOVING COLD FRONT. SOME STORMS WILL BECOME SEVERE AND WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WIND GUSTS AND POSSIBLY LARGE HAIL.
<a href="http://www.weather.gov" target="_blank">The National Weather Service</a> has <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=VAZ054&warncounty=VAC510&firewxzone=VAZ054&local_place1=&product1=Severe+Thunderstorm+Warning#.Uboj85w2eko" target="_blank">issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the City of Alexandria until 4:30 p.m.</a> Thursday. The line of storms approaching our area is capable of producing damaging winds and heavy rains. Residents in the storm's path are advised to move indoors to a sturdy building and stay away from windows. Residents are urged to use caution while driving, as there may be standing or running water on some roadways. The community is also advised to clear storm drains, downspouts and gutters. <blockquote>THIS IS A DANGEROUS LINE OF STORMS. IF YOU ARE IN ITS PATH...MOVE INDOORS TO A STURDY BUILDING AND STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS. WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO...REPORT SEVERE WEATHER TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OR TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. THIS LINE OF STORMS HAS A HISTORY OF PRODUCING WIDESPREAD WIND DAMAGE. SEEK SHELTER INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE AND STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.</blockquote>
You may hear a LOT of talk about <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2013/06/12/stop-focusing-on-whether-its-a-derecho-or-not-its-a-serious-storm-risk/" target="_blank">a possible 'derecho' storm today</a>. Via <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/post/derecho-behind-washington-dcs-destructive-thunderstorm-outbreak-june-29-2012/2012/06/30/gJQA22O7DW_blog.html?hpid=z3" target="_blank">The Washington Post</a>. You can see last year's derecho storm gather strength over the Midwest before it hit the Washington DC area. The Post also has <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/derecho-spanish-for-straight/2012/06/30/gJQArYBlEW_graphic.html" target="_blank">a great explanation for why it is called a 'derecho'</a>.
<a href="http://www.weather.gov/" target="_blank">The National Weather Service</a> has issued <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=VAZ054&warncounty=VAC510&firewxzone=VAZ054&local_place1=&product1=Severe+Thunderstorm+Watch#.UbmmpvbN5pM" target="_blank">a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the City of Alexandria until 11:00 a.m.</a> A Flash Flood Watch <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=VAZ054&warncounty=VAC510&firewxzone=VAZ054&local_place1=&product1=Flash+Flood+Watch#.UbmnvfbN5pM" target="_blank">remains in effect</a> until 8:00p.m. this evening as well. Residents should be prepared for a line of severe thunderstorms are capable of producing damaging winds, large hail, and gusts in excess of 60 MPH. Take precautions and stay indoors. Will it be as bad as this storm from a couple of years ago (see video above)?
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the City of Alexandria until 6:00 p.m. this evening as yesterday's severe midwestern storm makes its way east. Capital Weather Gang says isolated gusts to 70 m.p.h. are possible...
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