PM Storms on a Soupy Sunday

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Chuck Bell's daytime forecast for Sunday, August 21. (Published Sunday, Aug 21, 2011)

    A strong line of storms raked through the Washington D.C. region Sunday afternoon, prompting a number of severe weather alerts, including a tornado watch.

    A second line of storms will hit the region between 8 pm and 11 pm.  Several National Weather Service warnings remain active.

    A flash flood watch is on for Washington D.C., portions of northern Virginia, and northeastern Maryland until 11 p.m. Sunday.  A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the same area until 9 p.m.

    A severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect for Anne Arundel and Prince George's county until 5:30 p.m.

    Most of the severe weather moved east of the Rt. 95 corridor after 4 p.m.

    Flooding has been reported around the region, including at Rt. 495 and Connecticut Avenue in Maryland, and along Pennsylvania Avenue in Southeast D.C.

    News4's Chuck Bell said a block of hot, moisture-laden air is being pushed ahead of a cold front from the west.  That hot air will brought the Sunday high up to 90 degrees and made for some soupy weather around the Washington region.

    Chuck Bell says the incident in Arlington, where two were struck by lightning on Friday, reminds us - at the first sound of thunder, don't wait to seek cover.

    The second bout of rain will come overnight, and should be less severe.  Monday will be breezy, but then three pleasant days of 80-degree weather will follow.

    Also on the radar - Tropical Storm Irene, building in the Caribbean.  Based on current projections, the storm should not reach the U.S. mainland until Friday.