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Tornado Warning, Flash Flooding In Virginia Severe Storm Forecast

Virginia, (Qnnflash) – Northern Virginia commuters are bracing for potential disruptions to their Monday afternoon and evening drives as an updated weather forecast adds tornado and flash flood warnings to the mix. The National Weather Service has highlighted the likelihood of several rounds of storms accompanied by heavy rain, flash floods, hail, and strong winds.

A tornado warning was issued, effective until 4:45 p.m., covering south central Arlington County, east central Fairfax County, and the City of Alexandria. Meteorologists have identified a severe thunderstorm capable of spawning a tornado, currently positioned over Franconia or Springfield and moving northeast at a speed of 25 mph. Residents within the warning area are advised to be cautious of flying debris and potential damage to roofs, siding, windows, and trees.

For those residing in the warning area, the National Weather Service recommends seeking shelter in a basement or an interior room on the lowest level of a sturdy building. Outdoors, in mobile homes, or in vehicles, individuals are advised to move to the nearest substantial shelter and take precautions against flying debris.

A flash flood warning is in effect until 8 p.m. on Monday for the central District of Columbia, Arlington County, east central Fairfax County, the City of Alexandria, and the City of Falls Church. Doppler radar has detected thunderstorms generating heavy rainfall, leading to flash flooding within the warning area. Additional rainfall of 1 to 3 inches is anticipated. In regions under the flood watch, flash floods caused by heavy rainfall of up to two inches per hour are possible. The National Weather Service has extended a flood watch until 2 a.m. on Tuesday for various parts of the region, encompassing the District of Columbia, Arlington County, Falls Church, Alexandria, eastern Loudoun County, and Fairfax County. This watch indicates the potential for excessive runoff resulting in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and low-lying flood-prone areas.

A hazardous weather outlook applies across the entire region, including the District of Columbia, Fairfax County, Arlington County, Falls Church, Alexandria, Stafford County, Spotsylvania County, King George County, as well as northwest, central, and southeast Prince William County, Manassas, Manassas Park, and Loudoun County.

Anticipating an escalation in rain and storms around 3 p.m., 7News First Alert Meteorologist Eileen Whelan advises residents to be prepared for pockets of heavy rain, accompanied by thunder, lightning, damaging winds, and hail throughout the night.

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