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by RestonNow.com May 15, 2018 at 12:00 pm 9 Comments

A number of roads remain closed after Monday night’s thunderstorm swept through the area.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, the following roads are impacted:

  • 9200 block Weant Drive – Tree down
  • Maria Avenue/River Bend Road – Tree and wires down
  • Minburn Street/Golden Arrow Street – Wire in the roadway
  • Robindale Drive/Mill Valley Court – Tree down
  • 680 River Bend Road – Trees and wires down

A flash flood watch remains in effect for Fairfax County from 3 p.m. today through Wednesday at 1 a.m.

A couple of rounds of thunderstorms are expected through push through northern Virginia and parts of northern Maryland in the evening.

Here’s more from the weather alert:

A  front will sag across the region this afternoon into this
evening. A couple rounds of thunderstorms are expected to
accompany the front and should move across the Mason-Dixon
region late afternoon. These thunderstorms should push farther
south and east into eastern West Virginia, northern Virginia
and portions of northern Maryland during the evening. Heavy
rainfall and lightning will be the main threats with the
potential of encountering damaging winds and hail in the
strongest thunderstorms. Rainfall amounts could average 1 to 3
inches later this afternoon and this evening. Flash flooding
is possible, especially in slow-moving thunderstorms.

This story will be updated.

Photo by Douglas Errett

by Dave Emke August 7, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Flash Flood Watch in Effect — The National Weather Service says multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms are expected today with localized heavy rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour possible. [NWS Alert]

RA Budget Work Session Tonight — The Reston Association Board of Directors will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. at RA headquarters (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive) for a work session on the 2018-2019 Capital Projects & Budget Plan, as well as the Five-Year Strategic Capital Projects Plan. [Reston Association]

Volunteers Needed for Senior Olympics — The Northern Virginia Senior Olympics is looking for volunteers ages 16 and over to support the games, Sept. 9-20. The annual event is a celebration of fitness, camaraderie and living healthy longer. Over 50 events are scheduled at 20 venues. Anyone interested in helping should email [email protected] or call 703-403-5360. [Northern Virginia Senior Olympics]

by Dave Emke July 28, 2017 at 9:00 am 10 Comments

‘Turn Around, Don’t Drown’ — With heavy rains expected today and Saturday, the possibility of flash flooding exists. County officials are reminding residents that cars should not be driven through flooded roadways. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue]

Police Seek Suspect in Vienna Stabbing — Fairfax County Police have been searching since Thursday morning for the suspect in a stabbing that took place near the Vienna Metro station. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect is a male of unknown race, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a medium build, and a light- to medium-brown complexion. He was wearing a black, hooded shirt pulled over his head. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Deadline for Cardboard Boat Registration Nears — The first Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta is coming up Aug. 12, and the last day to get a boat registered for the event is Tuesday. [Reston Museum]

New Name Coming for J.E.B. Stuart High — By 2019, the Falls Church school named after a Confederate general will have its name changed. The Fairfax County School Board voted last night to make it happen. [NBC Washington]

Connolly: Trump’s Boy Scout Speech Shameful — In a letter to the national president of the Boy Scouts of America, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) says the BSA should denounce the speech President Trump gave recently at the National Scout Jamboree. Connolly says Trump’s politicized rhetoric “directly contradicted the spirit of Scouting and the tenets of Boy Scout Law.” [The Hill]

Synthetic Soccer Field Coming to Great Falls — The $1.3 million project at Great Falls Nike Park (1089 Utterback Store Road) includes the conversion of an existing grass field to a synthetic turf field, a trail, storm drainage facilities, landscaping, field lighting and related improvements. [Fairfax County Park Authority]

by Dave Emke July 27, 2017 at 2:45 pm 4 Comments

Heavy rains are being predicted for the entire region the next two days, and emergency agencies are warning that may mean flash flooding.

A flash-flood watch has been issued for the area, to be in effect Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service, a stationary low pressure cell may bring torrential rains.

Low pressure is going to develop over the Mid-Atlantic Friday and remain nearly stationary this weekend. This will have the potential to bring 3 inches or more of rain to the region through Saturday afternoon. Thunderstorms could cause locally higher rainfall amounts.

Heavy rainfall may result in rapid rises in streams and creeks. This could quickly result in flooding… especially in low lying and poor drainage 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.

The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang says this storm’s structure is similar to that of a winter storm. They say some pockets within the storm may see upward of 7 inches of rain.

“Heavy storms may line up along a corridor and hit the same areas repeatedly — a worrisome phenomenon known as training,” the CWG says. “Areas that experience training will be most prone to flooding.”

Fairfax County offers some of the following tips of how to stay safe if flash flooding occurs or has the potential to occur:

  • Move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
  • Always stay away from floodwaters.
  • If you must walk in water, walk where water is not moving; use a stick to check the ground.
  • Be aware of streams, drainage channels and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without such typical warnings as rain clouds or heavy rain.
  • Keep your children inside and away from streams and creeks.
  • Stay away from downed power lines to avoid the risk of electric shock or electrocution.
  • Keep your vehicle parked in your garage or on the driveway away from low-lying areas and large drains.

Residents are also reminded not to drive on flooded roads:

  • Stop and take an alternate route. The depth, current and condition of the road are all unknowns and can be deadly.
  • If your vehicle stalls on a flooded road and water is rising, get out of the car, call 9-1-1 and move to higher ground.
  • Be especially cautious during periods of limited visibility or nighttime when it is extremely difficult to see and judge conditions — state law requires headlights when wipers are on.

File photo

by Dave Emke July 6, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Flash Flood Watch in Effect Until 7 P.M. — Multiple rounds of rainfall will occur over the watch area, with the potential for torrential rain rates. Rainfall rates of 1 to 3 inches are expected in the strongest storms. [National Weather Service]


World Music Tonight at Lake Anne — The “Take A Break” concert series at Lake Anne Plaza will continue tonight with a performance by Mystic Warriors. [Lake Anne Plaza]

Alzheimer’s Town Hall Slated — Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) will join community organizations from across Northern Virginia on July 10 for a town hall focused on Alzheimer’s. [Rep. Gerry Connolly]

Government Contractor To Be Acquired — Reston-based government IT contractor NCI Inc., which fired a top executive this year for embezzling millions of dollars in company money, will be acquired by private investor HIG Capital for $283 million. [WTOP]

by Karen Goff September 28, 2016 at 10:00 am 1 Comment

National Weather ServiceGet your rain boots ready.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Reston, Fairfax County and most of the Washington, DC, area for Wednesday night through Friday morning.

A front heading here from the Great Lakes is expected to dump several inches of rain. Here is the forecast:

AN UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE OVER THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES WILL  DROP SOUTHWARD INTO THE OHIO VALLEY WEDNESDAY INTO THURSDAY. AS THE UPPER LOW DROPS SOUTHWARD…

PERIODS OF HEAVY RAINFALL ARE ANTICIPATED LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT ACROSS THE CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC. THE PERIOD OF GREATEST
RAIN RATES IS EXPECTED LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

WIDESPREAD RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES ARE EXPECTED WITH LOCALIZED HIGHER TOTALS IN AREAS OF REPEATED ACTIVITY.

* POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR FLASH FLOODING OF SMALL STREAMS…CREEKS AND URBAN AREAS ESPECIALLY IN AREAS OF REPEATED ACTIVITY.

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.

by Karen Goff August 17, 2016 at 1:00 pm 0

National Weather ServiceThe National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Reston, Northern Virginia and most of the DC area for Wednesday.

The watch goes into effect at 4 p.m. and will remain in effect through the evening

The NWS says thunderstorms will increase in late afternoon and early evening and their is the potential for rainfall rates of 1-2 inches per hour in some areas.

From the NWS:

LOCALLY EXCESSIVE RAINFALL COULD CAUSE RAPID FLOODING OF SMALL STREAMS AS WELL AS LOW-LYING AND 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.

by Karen Goff June 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm 1 Comment

National Weather Service(Updated, 2:10 p.m. Thursday to add Severe Thunderstorm Watch)

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch and a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Reston and the entire DC Metro area from this afternoon through late tonight.

Thunderstorms with heavy rainfall are expected late today and tonight, and repeated thunderstorms with heavy rainfall over the same area may result in flash flooding, the NWS says. The Severe Thunderstorm Watch will be in effect through 10 p.m. Thursday, the NWS says.

The Capital Weather Gang’s forecast says up to two or three inches may fall Thursday and early Friday in some parts of the area.

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.

 

 

by Karen Goff August 20, 2015 at 8:11 am 0

National Weather ServiceThe National Weather Service has issues a flash flood watch for the this afternoon.

The advisory covers virtually of the Washington, D.C., area, including Fairfax County and Reston.

From the NWS:

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THIS EVENING

WIDESPREAD HEAVY RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT THAT WILL CROSS THE AREA TONIGHT.

RAINFALL OF ONE TO TWO INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS WILL BE POSSIBLE IN AN HOUR. THESE RATES COULD RESULT IN FLASH FLOODING…PARTICULARLY IN URBANIZED 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.

by RestonNow.com July 14, 2015 at 10:30 am 0

National Weather ServiceThe National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch from 2 p.m. Tuesday to late Tuesday night for Reston, Northern Virginia and most of the Washington, DC area.

From the NWS:

SCATTERED TO NUMEROUS THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP LATE TODAY INTO TONIGHT. THESE STORMS WILL BE SLOW MOVING AND CAPABLE OF PRODUCING HEAVY RAINFALL.

RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE IN AN HOUR. WITH SATURATED GROUND…THESE RATES COULD RESULT IN FLASH FLOODING.

SMALL STREAMS AND URBAN AREAS WILL BE ESPECIALLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO
RAPID RISES OF WATER ONTO NORMALLY DRY AREAS.

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING.

by Karen Goff July 9, 2015 at 4:49 pm 1 Comment

National Weather ServiceThe National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Northern Virginia and the entire Washington, DC Metro area Thursday night.

The heavy rains that are expected are coming just 24 hours after a deluge in Reston Wednesday night. The rain flooded several roads, and rescue crews had rescue several motorists trapped in their cars in the swift water.

The Flash Flood Watch is in effect until midnight tonight.

From the NWS:

WIDESPREAD SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO CROSS THE AREA THIS AFTERNOON INTO THIS EVENING. PORTIONS OF THE AREA HAVE RECEIVED HEAVY RAINFALL IN THE LAST WEEK…AND AS LITTLE AS ONE INCH OF RAIN IN ONE HOUR COULD PRODUCE FLASH FLOODING.

SMALL STREAMS AND URBAN AREAS WILL BE ESPECIALLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO
RAPID RISES OF WATER ONTO NORMALLY DRY 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.

 

 

by Karen Goff July 15, 2014 at 2:40 pm 0

Rain/Credit: Bahmad Farzad via FlickrRain began falling hard in Reston about 2 p.m. and could continue through most of the afternoon and evening.

The National Weather Service says rainfall rates of “up to two inches per hour” may cause flash flooding in some already-saturated areas.

The NWS has issued a Severe Storm Watch for most of the Washington, D.C., area through 9 p.m.

Fairfax County and most neighboring areas are also under a Flash Flood Watch until 10 p.m. tonight.

From NWS:

TROPICAL MOISTURE WILL REMAIN OVER THE AREA THIS EVENING. AFTER A COUPLE OF PREVIOUS OF HEAVY SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY…ONLY ONE TO TWO INCHES OF ADDITIONAL RAINFALL WILL BE NEEDED IN TARGETED AREAS TO PRODUCE FLASH FLOODING. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE LIKELY EARLY THIS EVENING ACROSS THE AREA…ESPECIALLY EAST OF THE BLUE RIDGE TO THE CHESAPEAKE BAY.

RAINFALL RATES IN HEAVIER SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS MAY EXCEED 2 INCHES PER HOUR IN TARGETED AREAS THAT RECEIVE TORRENTIAL RAIN FOR LONGER THAN 30 MINUTES.

FLASH FLOODING MAY BEGIN QUICKLY. BE AWARE OF LOW AREAS THAT MAY FLOOD. NEVER CROSS ROADS THAT ARE FLOODED. TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING.

Photo: Reston Now file by Bahmad Farzad 

by Karen Goff May 15, 2014 at 9:30 am 0

Reston Parkway in the rain, April 30, 2014/Credit: Ed SchudelThe National Weather Service says Northern Virginia residents should prepare for heavy rain and possible flooding Thursday and Friday.

The NWS has issued a flash flood watch from Thursday afternoon through Friday for Fairfax County and most of Northern Virginia.

The NWS says showers and thunderstorms with periods of heavy rain will begin this afternoon and continue through Friday morning. Two to three inches of rainfall is expected. Flash flooding is possible, especially along small rivers and streams.

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.

File Photo Credit: Ed Schudel

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