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Monday Morning Notes

Walmart Labs adds jobs — The company is planning to double its workforce at its Reston office and is seeking software engineers and data scientists to build new platforms for the company. [DC Inno]

Voting now open for Reston Community Center preference poll — Five candidates are running for three positions on the nine-member Board of Governors. A candidates’ forum will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. at RCC Hunters Woods. [Reston Community Center]

Two men arrested in connection with a string of larcenies — “Two northern Virginia men are in custody after a multi-jurisdictional investigation, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office authorities announced Friday afternoon. The men, Edward L. Campbell, Jr., 25, of Ashburn, and Craig Nipper-Duval, 22, of Herndon, are suspected of being involved in a rash of larcenies from vehicles in Loudoun County and the Town of Herndon.” [Loudoun Times-Mirror]

Flooding threat in Northern Virginia late in the week — “Hurricane Florence is expected to become a major hurricane on Monday as Virginia prepares for a major flooding threat later this week. As of 5 a.m. Monday, Florence was 625 miles southeast of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph. Rapid strengthening is expected, and Florence could become a major hurricane Monday morning. It is expected to remain an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday.” [Inside NOVA]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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Updated: Rain Causes Road Closures in Reston

Several roads in the area are closed today due to flooding.

Water in the roadway has caused closures at Browns Mill Road at Wind Stone Drive, Browns Mill Road at Rosewood Hill Drive, and Lee Mill Road at Kelso Road.

A tree and wires are down at Georgetown Pike from Walker Road to Boehms Court. Rain is expected to continue today and Wednesday. Partly cloudy conditions are expected from Thursday through Saturday.

This story was updated. 

Photo via Twitter user @MrErrett

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Extended to 5:30 p.m.

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.

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Monday Morning Notes

Flood warning in effect — A warning is in effect for several areas in Northern Virginia through 11:45 a.m.. [Fairfax County Police Department]

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

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Morning Notes

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]

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Hunter Mill Road To Be Closed Several Days Due to Flood Damage

Damage on Hunter Mill/Credit: Fairfax County(Update, 3 p.m. Friday) 

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)

Flooding:

  • 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.

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