Strong Storms Pass Through D.C. Area

Severe thunderstorms whipped through the D.C. area Wednesday afternoon, bringing strong winds, lightning and heavy rain.

The storms came from the north and moved southeast through the region. A couple of storms formed on the back end of the front, NBC Washington Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer reported. The storms were mostly clearing out of the area by about 6 p.m.

They were dangerous storms, so people in their paths were advised to move indoors and stay away from windows. Several severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings were issued into the evening.

A flash flood warning was issued for Prince George's and Charles counties in Maryland and Manassas, Manassas Park, Alexandria, and Prince William and Fairfax counties in Virginia until 6:45 p.m. At 3:36 p.m., radar indicated thunderstorms producing very heavy rainfall capable of producing flash flooding in the area.

Runoff from heavy rain could flood small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets, underpasses, drainage areas and low-lying spots. Do not attempt to drive through high water: Turn around, don't drown.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for D.C. and counties to the east, west and south until 10 p.m., but NBC Washington meteorologist Veronica Johnson predicted the watch will be canceled before that.

The storms offered relief from the heat wave, dropping the temperature into the 70s and setting up the area for a couple of beautiful days with high temperatures in the mid-80s, Kammerer said.

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