Updated: Flash Flood Warning Issued for Reston, Penny-size Hail Reported

by Fatimah Waseem May 14, 2018 at 6:20 pm 8 Comments

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Fairfax County until 10 p.m. today. Residents should avoid flooded roads.

tornado warning for the area was canceled at 6:45 p.m. today. Penny-size was reported as a rain, hail, thunder, and strong winds swept into the area. 


A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Leesburg. 

Residents should take cover by moving to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building, according to the alert.

Here’s more from NWS:

IMPACT…For those in the direct path of a tornado touchdown,
flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without
shelter. Damage to roofs, siding, and windows may occur.
Mobile homes may be damaged or destroyed. Tree damage is

* This dangerous storm will be near…
Lansdowne around 620 PM EDT.
Broadlands and Brambleton around 625 PM EDT.
Arcola around 630 PM EDT.
Ashburn and Countryside around 635 PM EDT.
Dulles International Airport around 640 PM EDT.
Reston, Herndon, Lowes Island, Oakton, Sterling, Chantilly and
Great Falls around 645 PM EDT.

Other locations impacted by this tornadic thunderstorm include
Congressional Manor, Belmont, Belleview, Sterling Park, Bradley
Farms, Cabin John and Fairfax Station.

Photos by @Cynthia_Adler, @wdudley2009 and @NWS_BaltWash

  • JoeInReston

    Feels like somebody is hitting golf balls at my property.

    • OneReally

      We were hitting golf balls at Reston national and watching that massive wall cloud approaching. I feel bad for the guys that were walking the golf course.

      • 30yearsinreston

        Don’t worry, along with the course, they’ll soon be gone

        • OneReally

          Camp Devine supervisor

      • Greg

        It was a shelf, not a wall, cloud.


        • OneReally

          Thanks for the link! Actually meant to type shelf not sure why I said wall.

          The thing was huge. We got the tornado warning and drive straight over to the parking garage near Popeyes.

  • Why do you bother?

    ” Penny-size was reported as a rain, hail, thunder, and strong winds swept into the area. ”


  • Fred Mas

    JoelnReston – was there any damage to your home?

    I am intentionally omitting my company name and contact information
    since this is not meant to be general plug for us, rather information
    for your community to know.

    I work at a roofing and siding company with primary focus of engaging homeowner’s insurance provider and obtaining maximum benefits rightfully due to the policy holder to the fullest extent of coverage paid for by the homeowner.

    We do not sell / install (otherwise known as RETAIL) roof and siding for which the home owner would have to pay out of pocket.

    I take pride in working on policy holder’s behalf to combat the industry’s greed and common practice of denying and/or otherwise “shorting” what is rightfully due –

    if you or your neighbors experience damage from this or other storms and have had their claim with insurance provider denied or not given the true cost of repair (which is to include code upgrades mandated by county), please contact me.

    Should you have any questions or comments, please “comment” on my reply post and I will gladly provide it for you. If you need an inspection or professional opinion, we will gladly provide at no cost.

    Hope this is of use to you.



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