Arlington Weather: Tornado Watch, Heavy Storms, Winds in the Forecast
Severe weather is expected after 1 p.m. Tuesday.
UPDATED: 2:15 p.m.
A severe thunderstorm is expected to hit Arlington County between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. today, all while the area remains under a tornado watch until this evening.
The storms are capable of producing strong wind gusts and possibly tornados, according to an advisory from the National Weather Service.
The most likely time for severe weather is until to 7 p.m., the weather service reports.
The weather service warns that today's storms could cause flooding and snarl the evening commute.
Nearby Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department issued the following tips on encountering a flooded street:
- Never drive through a flooded roadway; the depth, current, and condition of the road are all unknowns and can be deadly.
- If you come to a flooded area while driving, stop and take an alternate route.
- If your vehicle stalls on a flooded road and water is rising, get out of car, call 911, and move to higher ground.
- Always stay away from floodwaters; even six inches of swiftly moving water can knock someone off their feet.
- Approximately two feet of swift water can move or float most vehicles, including SUV’s and pickup trucks.
- Never let children near flooded areas.
- When flooding is predicted, keep your vehicle parked in your garage or on the driveway away from low-lying areas and large drains.
- Be especially cautious during periods of limited visibility or nighttime when it is extremely difficult to see and judge conditions.