Reston Under Severe Thunderstorm Warning Sunday Night

Reston and surrounding areas are currently under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning.

Strong winds have reportedly already caused at least one large branch to come down in a Reston parking lot.

More from the National Weather Service:

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Weather Alert: Excessive Heat Watch in Effect for Three Days

(Updated at 2:19 p.m.)

An excessive heat watch is in effect for most of the day tomorrow (Friday),  Saturday (July 20), and Sunday (July 21), according to the National Weather Service.

Heat index values could hover around 110 to 115 degrees, with temperatures in the mid-90s to around 100 degrees.

Here’s more from the NWS alert:

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks

in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency – call 911.

Photo via NWS_BaltWash/Twitter

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Reston Under Severe Thunderstorm Warning

A portion of Reston is now under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning as strong storms approach from the west.

Forecasters say wind up to 60 miles per hour, as well as penny-sized hail, is possible as a result of the storm.

More from the National Weather Service:

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
448 PM EDT WED JUL 17 2019

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHEASTERN LOUDOUN COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…
THE CITY OF FAIRFAX IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…
NORTHWESTERN FAIRFAX COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…
EAST CENTRAL FAUQUIER COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…
THE CITY OF MANASSAS PARK IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…
NORTHWESTERN PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…
THE CITY OF MANASSAS IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…

* UNTIL 530 PM EDT.

* AT 448 PM EDT, A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR HAYMARKET, OR 7 MILES SOUTHWEST OF SOUTH RIDING, MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…DAMAGING WINDS WILL CAUSE SOME TREES AND LARGE BRANCHES  TO FALL. THIS COULD INJURE THOSE OUTDOORS, AS WELL AS  DAMAGE HOMES AND VEHICLES. ROADWAYS MAY BECOME BLOCKED BY  DOWNED TREES. LOCALIZED POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE.  UNSECURED LIGHT OBJECTS MAY BECOME PROJECTILES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE… CENTREVILLE, RESTON, ANNANDALE, SOUTH RIDING, HERNDON, FAIRFAX, VIENNA, MANTUA, DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, LINTON HALL, OAKTON, CHANTILLY, TYSONS CORNER, WOLF TRAP, GREAT FALLS, MERRIFIELD, BULL RUN, HAYMARKET, ARCOLA AND I66 AND I495 INTERCHANGE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.

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Weather Alert: Heat Advisory In Effect Until Tonight

The sun is expected to beat down in most of the Northern Virginia and surrounding regions today (Wednesday).

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Heat index values are expected to hover around 105 degrees Fahrenheit with temperatures in the mid-90s.

NWS cautions that high temperatures can cause heat-related illnesses.

Here’s more from the alert:

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency – call 911.

The heat is expected to continue throughout the week. Residents are advised to check up on the elderly and sick, as well as limit strenuous outdoor activities.

Photo via NWS_BaltWash/Twitter

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Flood Watch in Effect Until Late Tonight

Just days after major flooded in the region, a flood watch is in effect in Reston and surrounding areas from 2 p.m. until late tonight.

A flood watch means that there is the possibility of flooding. Local fire and rescue crews are encouraging residents to avoid stalled water and turn around if they see flooded roads.

Here’s more from the National Weather Service’s alert:

Showers and thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and evening. Torrential rainfall may lead to totals exceeding 2 inches in a short period of time. This may cause flash flooding of small streams and other poor drainage urban areas.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

In the latest storm this past Monday (July 8), the Fairfax Fire and Rescue Department responded to 55 calls related to people being trapped on flooded roadways.

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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No Major Flood Damage Reported at Reston North Park & Ride

Floodwaters at the Reston North Park and Ride have receded, leaving little damage at the site where water pooled up to the windshields’ of cars yesterday (July 8).

A spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Transportation told Reston Now that there appears to be no damage to the pavement or drains, which were simply overwhelmed with the “massive amount of water.”

“We’re focusing on other areas,” Ellen Kamilakis said. “There are other heavily devastated areas in the county.”

Crews are currently on-site throughout the county to assess damages.

In early September 2011, floodwaters caused major damage at the Reston Park and Ride. Several vehicles were damaged during that storm.

The lot is located at the corner of Sunset Hills Road and Wiehle Avenue.

Photo via AlphaPupObie/Twitter

 

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UPDATED: Flooding Reported Multiple Roads in Reston

(Updated at 11:45 a.m.) Heavy rain that began early this morning has flooded multiple roads in Reston.

The parking lot at Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station is also flooded. Nearly three feet of standing water pooled in the area up to the windshields of parked cars, according to the National Weather Service.

State transportation officials urged residents to avoid the Reston North Park & Ride. Maintenance crews are on-site to manage flooding in the parking lot.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, the following roads in the area are closed due to flooding:

Hunter Mill Rd between Cedar Pond and Hunter Station-Road Flooded

Sunset Hills/ Metro Center Dr

Walker Rd between Walker Glen and Berramin

Colvin Run/ Leesburg Pike

Springvale Rd/ Brevity

A flash flood warning is in effect until 1:45 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service.

Here’s more from social media:

https://twitter.com/unitednightout/status/1148226367609348098

This story will be updated.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning In Effect Today

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 5:30 p.m. today (Thursday).

The National Weather Service encourages residents to take shelter as soon as possible.

Here’s more from the alert:

IMPACT…DAMAGING WINDS WILL CAUSE SOME TREES AND LARGE BRANCHES TO FALL. THIS COULD INJURE THOSE OUTDOORS, AS WELL AS  DAMAGE HOMES AND VEHICLES. ROADWAYS MAY BECOME BLOCKED BY DOWNED TREES. LOCALIZED POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE. UNSECURED LIGHT OBJECTS MAY BECOME PROJECTILES.

The warning covers Reston, Herndon, Oakton, Chantilly, Wolf Trap and Great Falls.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning in Effect This Afternoon

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning that is in effect until 4 p.m. today (Thursday).

Winds of up to 60 miles per hour and hail damage trees, may cause large branches to fall, and result in widespread power outages.

NWS encourages residents to move into an inside room on the lowest floor possible.

The warning covers most of Northern Virginia.

Photo via NWS/Twitter

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning In Effect Until 4:15 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 4:15 p.m. today (Thursday).

The National Weather Service issued the alert after a severe thunderstorm watch alert was sent earlier today. The watch is in effect until 8 p.m.

Damaging winds with wind gusts of up to 65 miles per hour are possible.

Residents are encouraged to move to an interior room or to the lowest floor of a building.

Here’s more from the alert:

At 311 PM EDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from Countryside to near Warrenton, moving southeast at40 mph.

HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.

SOURCE…Radar indicated.

IMPACT…Damaging winds will cause some trees and large branches to fall. This could injure those outdoors, as well as damage homes and vehicles. Roadways may become blocked by downed trees. Localized power outages are possible. Unsecured light objects may become projectiles.

Photo via NWS

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch in Effect Through Tonight

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for the county until 8 p.m. today (Thursday).

The National Weather Service issued the alert around 1 p.m. today.

Lightning and scattered wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour is possible.

Most of the rain is expected to hit the area this afternoon.

Locally damaging winds and large hail are also expected, according to the NWS.

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BREAKING: Tornado Touches Down in Reston

(Updated at 10:45 p.m.) There are numerous reports of trees down and emergency activity around Reston following a tornado touchdown Friday night.

Around 10:20 p.m. the National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado had touched down, after reporting extensive tree damage in the area.

“911 call center reports… multiple trees down in the Reston area with ones reported on Center Harbor Road and Baron Cameron Road,” said a storm damage report from the weather service. Emergency activity has also been reported along the Reston Parkway and Wiehle Avenue.

“Tree damage near intersection of Quietree Drive and Crosswind Drive,” NWS further reported. “One house condemned with tree falling through roof.”

The weather service will determine the tornado’s intensity via a storm survey during daylight hours on Saturday.

One large fallen tree crushed a pickup truck on Center Harbor Road. NBC 4’s Darcy Spencer reported that the truck’s owner was taking shelter inside his home as the storm roared past.

On Reston Now’s Facebook page residents shared their harrowing experiences and damage reports.

“I’m just off Bennett Road and I am pretty sure we had a tornado go through our backyard (or very close to it) around 8:45/8:50,” said one reader. “It was, literally, as the warning was going out. Spoke with several neighbors who heard it as well and took shelter in the basement. Tons of debris on our street and quite a bit on Bennett.”

“We heard a huge amount of wind and then several large big bangs… several large branches fell onto our house and were swept into the backyard,” said another resident. “The force of the large branches was so strong the drywall inside is busted in two places on the other side of this scar… So thankful our family is safe.”

The original Tornado Warning from NWS:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR… SOUTHEASTERN LOUDOUN COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… NORTHWESTERN FAIRFAX COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…

* UNTIL 915 PM EDT.

* AT 853 PM EDT, A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO WAS LOCATED OVER RESTON, MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

HAZARD…TORNADO.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED ROTATION.

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  LIKELY.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE… RESTON, HERNDON, LOWES ISLAND, ASHBURN, STERLING, CHANTILLY, GREAT FALLS, COUNTRYSIDE AND STERLING PARK.

Storm reports and photos via social media:

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National Weather Service Issues Red Flag Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a warning indicating critical fire weather conditions for Fairfax County and the D.C.-area today (April 3).

The Red Flag Warning is in effect from noon-8 p.m.

More from NWS:

…RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING FOR STRONG WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITIES FOR NORTHERN VIRGINIA… EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA AND NORTHERN AND CENTRAL MARYLAND…

The National Weather Service in Sterling Virginia has issued a Red Flag Warning for strong winds and low humidities, which is in effect from noon today to 8 PM EDT this evening.

* WINDS…West 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.

* IMPACTS…Gusty winds and very dry air will create conditions that may promote the rapid spread of wildfires. Prescribed burns may get out of control. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

* HUMIDITY…20 to 25 percent.

* FUEL MOISTURE… Less than 8 percent.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

Reston is expected to hit a high of 65 degrees today with sunny weather and winds around 17 miles per hour, forecasters say.

A combination of strong winds (15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph), low relative humidity and warm temperatures may help fires spread rapidly, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue wrote in a post. The fire department is using the Red Flag Warning as an opportunity to remind residents that improperly discard cigarettes are a fire hazard.

File photo 

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Locals May See Return of Snow, Wintry Mix Friday

Just like last week, locals can expect snow and wintry weather as the weekend arrives.

The Virginia Department of Transportation wants locals to stay alert to possible snow and a wintry mix starting Friday (March 8) and continuing through Sunday (March 10).

Crews have already done spot pre-treatments of areas prone to freezing today (March 7), according to VDOT. Crews will begin staging along roads early Friday morning.

For Reston, the National Weather Service expects a slight chance of snow before 10 a.m., followed by rain and more snow totaling about less than half of an inch for tomorrow. Rain is likely for Saturday and Sunday, NWS says.

Photo by @MrErrett/Twitter

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As Wintry Weather Returns, Locals Urged to Plan for Snow, Sleet

Tomorrow is the first day of March, yet wintry weather is making a comeback to the D.C. area as spring nears.

Locals in Reston and Herndon can expect 1 to 3 inches of snow and sleet later tonight and tomorrow morning.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory that will last until 10 a.m. tomorrow.

More from NWS:

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM EST FRIDAY…

* WHAT…Snow and sleet expected. Total snow and sleet accumulations of 1 to 3 inches expected.

* WHERE…The District of Columbia, portions of central and southern Maryland and northern and northwest Virginia.

* WHEN…From 10 PM this evening to 10 AM EST Friday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.

The Virginia Department of Transportation said in a snow update this afternoon that crews are pretreated roads throughout northern Virginia and will have crews staged along roads tonight.

VDOT asks that drivers to prepare ahead for impacts to the morning rush hour and to closely monitor the weather.

Photo via @billwhe67/Twitter

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