National Mall Evacuated Due to Storms

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    NBCWashington.com

    The National Mall was evacuated Sunday night due to severe storms.

    Numerous severe weather alerts were issued Sunday afternoon and early evening as a line of severe storms blew through the D.C. region.

    Many tourists and locals had been on the National Mall throughout the day celebrating the Fourth of July and enjoying the Folklife Festival.

    Starting at 3 p.m., people were allowed to start gathering for the Capitol Fourth rehearsal, which was to start at 8 p.m. 

    Capitol Police evacuated those attending the rehearsal to the Senate and the House garage due to the the storm.

    Will Smink, of Gaithersburg, sent in several pictures and the following account of what has happened there:

    "Currently I'm stuck in the Rayburn House underground parking garage along with over 1,000 other visitors and concert goers for tonight's dress rehearsal of the Capitol Fourth concert. The wind and rain have been outrageous and strong! But once a tree snapped and fell across the street the police have shut the doors. It's humid but they have fans set up and they are passing out water to everyone."

    The rehearsal will go on, but Capitol Police said Sunday they were not going to allow spectators back in to watch.