Overnight storms bring heavy rain, high winds to DC area

Drivers during the Monday morning commute may have to dodge some debris from damaging wind gusts and some localized flooding courtesy of two severe storms in the D.C. area overnight.

The storms initiated a tornado warning in Prince George’s, Calvert and Charles counties in Maryland and a slew of severe thunderstorm warnings for most the region; a tornado watch issued for most of the area was canceled just before 3 a.m.

The area endured heavy rainfall and gusty, damaging winds of up to 60 mph starting around 1:30 a.m. The barrage continued for several hours until the storm died down, cancelling many of the severe thunderstorm warnings.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued a statement Sunday, urging Marylanders to pay close attention to updated weather forecasts. “Residents should take every possible precaution, and stay indoors away from windows during thunderstorms,” he said. He also asked them to pay attention to emergency alerts.

The area was battered by two rounds of storms in less than 10 hours. Between 5 p.m. to 8 p.m, areas northwest of Interstate 95 experienced the first round of storms. The second storm raked through from west to east between midnight and 3 a.m.


A cold front was behind the storms and by daybreak on Monday, it will be dry. Clouds will move out slowly and the winds will kick up behind the front for a breezy and cool afternoon.

  • Monday: Steady rain with some heavy rains and storms. Chance of morning showers. Cooler in the afternoon and windy. Highs in the 60s.
  • Tuesday: Mostly sunny and breezy to windy. Highs in the mid 60s to 70 degrees.
  • Wednesday: Sunshine and warmer. Highs in the mid 70s to near 80.


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WTOP’s Alejandro Alvarez, Reem Nadeem and Jennifer Ortiz contributed to this report.

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