WASHINGTON — Heavy rain Tuesday morning flooded roads in Arlington County and parts of upper Northwest D.C. and could cause flash flooding into the afternoon.
Flash flood Warnings for Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County plus D.C. and suburban areas of Maryland and Virginia are no longer in effect.
As much as 2 inches of rain fell over an area stretching from Falls Church to Friendship Heights by 11:30 a.m. – most of that coming in just one hour.
Storm rainfall estimates image shows just how localized the downpours were, coincident with natural areas (and pavement) of poor drainage. pic.twitter.com/VktxeGb8ZW
— Matt C Ritter (@MetMattRitter) August 15, 2017
“Not only are some of these roadways covered with water, but some of that water is flowing at a pretty stiff rate. And that just adds to the flash flooding dangers,” said Matt Ritter, Storm Team 4 meteorologist.
Drivers should expect areas that typically flood during heavy rains to be flooded. Ritter said drivers should not drive through standing water.
Flooded roads were reported on Canal Road at Fletchers Boat House, Military Road at Nebraska Avenue, 16th Street at Scott Circle and Glebe Road near the Chain Bridge, according to WTOP Traffic.
— Dave Dildine (@DildineWTOP) August 15, 2017
The torrential rain as moved east out of the District into Maryland, but the rain is expected to continue until 2 to 3 p.m.
This afternoon will bring the chance for scattered rain showers or possibly a thunderstorm before some sunshine creeps back in. Skies will clear by the evening rush.
“That was a lot of rain and there is still more water that has to drain. So the flood waters, even though they may not get much worse, they’re still going be slow to recede,” Ritter said.
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