The Flash Flood Watch that took effect at noon today (Thursday) has now been upgraded to a Flash Flood Warning for Fairfax County.
The National Weather Service says an additional one to two inches of rain could fall in the affected areas, including Reston and Herndon, until 8:15 p.m.
Here is the full alert, which was issued at 5:05 p.m.:
* Flash Flood Warning for…
Central Fairfax County in northern Virginia…
Southeastern Loudoun County in northern Virginia…
The Western City of Alexandria in northern Virginia…
The City of Fairfax in northern Virginia…
The City of Falls Church in northern Virginia…
* Until 815 PM EDT.
* At 505 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Between 1 and 3 inches of rain have fallen. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.
HAZARD…Life threatening flash flooding. Thunderstorms producing flash flooding.
IMPACT…Life threatening flash flooding of creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses.
The NWS advises against traveling, noting that the majority of flood deaths occur in vehicles.
“A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring,” the NWS said. “If you are in the warned area move to higher ground immediately. Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions to protect life and property.”
(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:
Reston Metro Station area is under water. There's 8 inches of water to even get out of the station itself. pic.twitter.com/JN6HXcfM4f
— Obie (@AlphaPupObie) July 8, 2019
At my husband’s office in Reston on Wiehle Road at the metro. So sorry for these people who have lost their cars! @capitalweather #weather pic.twitter.com/u3MwQAhz9t
— Tressa Mattingly (@tressairis) July 8, 2019
This story will be updated.
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Wednesday afternoon’s downpours resulted in flooding of many roads in and near Reston. A Flash Flood warning remains in effect for the entire area until 9:30 p.m.
At about 8 p.m. rescue crews had been to the scene of two swift waters rescues nearby: One at Stuart Mill Road and Birdfoot Lane, where three cars were reported stuck in high roadway flooding. One driver was on the roof of his car to avoid the floodwaters, authorities said. The other rescue was for several cars at Hunter Mill Road and Hunter Station Road.
Flooding has impacted the following areas as of 7:45 p.m.
- Hunter Mill Road is closed between Hunter Station Rd and Hunter View Road
- Lawyers Road at Hunter Mill Road closed
- Fox Mill Road at Folkstone Road is closed
- Fox Mill Road at Lake James Drive to Thoroughbred Road
Photo: Water at Reston Station/Credit: Bill Burton via Twitter