The National Weather Service has extended a severe thunderstorm warning to 5:30 p.m. today (May 22).
NWS advises the following:
Get indoors to protect yourself from wind and lightning. Trees around you may be downed from damaging winds, so if you are near large trees, move to an interior room on the lowest floor. Don’t drive underneath trees or in wooded areas until the threat has passed.
To report severe weather, contact your nearest law enforcement agency. They will send your report to the National Weather Service office in Sterling Virginia.
Torrential rainfall is occurring with this storm, and may lead to flash flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Dale City VA, Lake Ridge VA, Burke VA until 5:30 PM EDT pic.twitter.com/OIOSDS8BgV
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) May 22, 2018
A bridge to somewhere — State officials plan to replace the aging bridge on Hunter Mill Road over Colvin Run. A informational meeting is set for today at 6:30 p.m. in Reston. [Virginia department of Transportation]
A white knight — Reston-based SOSi acquired STG Inc. for $83 million, positioning the company to expand technology and cyber services in the national security and diplomacy arena. [Washington Technology]
Thoroughly awesome? — Reston Community Players’ new performance, Thoroughly Modern Millie, debuts this Friday. The show is based on the 1967 Academy Award-winning film. [DC Metro Theater Arts]
Flickr pool photo via vantagehill
Possibly Rabid Fox Bites Woman, Cat — Animal Protection Police officers responded Tuesday to two different scenes in Great Falls where a fox had gone on the attack. A 71-year-old woman suffered serious injuries after being bitten “multiple times” around 3 p.m. in the 600 block of Ad Hoc Road; about an hour later and about three miles away, a 54-year-old woman fought off a fox that had bitten her cat. The fox believed to have been involved in both incidents was euthanized and is being tested for rabies. [Fairfax County Police Department]
Metro Station Work to Affect Toll Road Traffic — Eastbound traffic on the Dulles Airport Access Highway will be diverted onto the Toll Road on Saturday night into Sunday morning. The detours will be to allow workers to set large precast concrete elements for the future Herndon and Reston Town Center Metro stations. [Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project]
Reston-Based Soccer Academy Gets Leader — Tom Torres has been named the head of the Washington Spirit’s U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy, which is scheduled to start play in Reston this fall. Torres has been a coach with the D.C. United’s academy for the past 10 years. [Black and Red United]
With Spring Showers Comes Flooding — With the start of spring less than two weeks away, county officials are reminding residents of tips to keep themselves and their homes safe from potential flooding. [Fairfax County]
Fairfax County Police say that Hunter Mill Road between Hunter Station and Lawyers Roads will be closed for several days as flood waters have damaged the road.
Earlier, county officials said there were 10 water rescues on Friday as people tried to drive through standing water.
(Original story, 8 a.m. Friday)
Close to three inches of rain fell overnight in the Reston area, and a flash flood warning remains in effect for until 10:15 a.m. Friday.
The National Weather Service says streams are rising extremely rapidly from the rain.
As of 7:30 a.m., the following area roads have closures, according to Fairfax County:
11400 South Lakes Drive (tree down)
- Hunter Mill Road between Hunter Station and Cedar Pond
- Browns Mill Road between Rosewood Hill and Windstone Drive
- Leigh Mill Rd at Kelso Road
- Shaker Drive near Wiehle Avenue
- 675 Utterback Store Road
- Beach Mill Road at Olympia
- Walker Road/Manning Street
- Leesburg Pike/Colvin Run Road
See full list of closures on Fairfax County’s blog.
Photo courtesy Fairfax County
This story will be updated as weather news occurs.