Severe Thunderstorms Rip Through D.C. Area

Temperatures will fall into the 60s this weekend

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Watch Chuck Bell's daytime forecast for Saturday, April 20, 2013. (Published Saturday, Apr 20, 2013)

    Severe thunderstorms moved through the D.C. region, prompting several National Weather Service watches and warnings Friday evening.

    The National Weather Service canceled a tornado watch for the D.C. area after the strongest storms passed through.

    A tornado warning for parts of Charles and Prince George's counties expired at 7:30 p.m. Doppler radar indicated a tornado near Indian Head, Md., at 7:07 p.m.

    Several severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Friday evening, the last of which expired at 8:30 p.m.

    After the rain ended overnight, residents could expect clearing skies Saturday with highs in the low-to-mid-60s.

    Lightning apparently struck a home in Arlington, starting a fire and knocking out power. No injuries were reported.

    There were also reports of trees down throughout the area, including one that fell across the 1600 block of Buchanan Street NE, blocking the roadway.

    As of about 7:35 a.m. Saturday, Dominion was reporting 5,554 customers without power in northern Virginia, down from around 14,000 Friday night. Pepco reported 525 outages in D.C., 5 in Montgomery County and 946 in Prince George's County. SMECO had 21 outages in Charles County. BGE reported 59 outages in Prince George's County.

    A coastal flood advisory for Anne Arundel and Calvert counties in Maryland expired at 3 a.m. Saturday. Motorists are reminded to never drive through standing water.


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