Clean up underway after thunderstorms batter DC region

Lightning strikes near the U.S. Capitol on May 12, 2018. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
A mix of high temperatures on Saturday and a cold front to the north of the region is bringing damaging storms to the D.C. area. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
A mix of high temperatures and a cold front to the north of the region is bringing damaging storms to the D.C. area. The National Weather Service has issued severe thunderstorm warnings and watches for parts of the region and a tornado watch for parts of Maryland. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The National Weather Service said storms could bring damaging winds, large hail, heavy rainfall and frequent lightning to the areas. Strong winds could cause some tress and large branches to fall. Power outages are possible. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect in Anne Arundel County until 8:45 p.m.
A tornado watch has been issued for parts of Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania until 1 a.m. Sunday, said the National Weather Service. (Courtesy National Weather Service)
A tornado watch has been issued for parts of Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania until 1 a.m. Sunday, said the National Weather Service. (Courtesy National Weather Service) (Courtesy National Weather Service)
The thunderstorm watch has expanded to include D.C. (Courtesy Doug Kammerer)
The National Weather Service said a severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for parts of Maryland, Virginia and other surrounding states until 11 p.m. (Courtesy National Weather Service)
After 5 p.m., rain and storms will push in from the north and head south. Some could bring heavy rain, strong winds and even hail, said Ricketts. (Courtesy Lauryn Ricketts)
Temperatures will reach the upper 80s to mid 90s by 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, which could set some records in the D.C. area. (Courtesy National Weather Service)
Temperatures will reach the upper 80s to mid 90s by 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, which could set some records in the D.C. area. (Courtesy National Weather Service) (Courtesy National Weather Servic)
The afternoon heat will fuel the threat of thunderstorms on Saturday night, some of which could be severe. (Courtesy National Weather Service)
The afternoon heat will fuel the threat of thunderstorms on Saturday night, some of which could be severe. (Courtesy National Weather Service) (Courtesy National Weather Servic)
(Courtesy Storm Team4)
Record setting heat is possible on Saturday. (Courtesy Storm Team4) (Courtesy Storm Team4)
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Lightning strikes near the U.S. Capitol on May 12, 2018. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
A mix of high temperatures and a cold front to the north of the region is bringing damaging storms to the D.C. area. The National Weather Service has issued severe thunderstorm warnings and watches for parts of the region and a tornado watch for parts of Maryland. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
A tornado watch has been issued for parts of Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania until 1 a.m. Sunday, said the National Weather Service. (Courtesy National Weather Service)
Temperatures will reach the upper 80s to mid 90s by 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, which could set some records in the D.C. area. (Courtesy National Weather Service)
The afternoon heat will fuel the threat of thunderstorms on Saturday night, some of which could be severe. (Courtesy National Weather Service)
(Courtesy Storm Team4)

WASHINGTON — After nearly setting a record for heat, the D.C. area is cleaning up following the season’s first thunderstorms to hit the area on Saturday.


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Temperatures reached the low 90s on Saturday, which challenged the record high of 93 degrees set back in 1914.

The heat, along with the cold front just to our north, was the perfect stew for active/severe weather, said Storm Team4’s Somara Theodore.

The National Weather Service issued severe thunderstorm watches and warnings for D.C. and parts of Maryland and Virginia, as well as a tornado watch for parts of Maryland.

The severe weather caused U.S. 50 at Chesapeake Bay Bridge to close in both directions for more than an hour due to high winds. There were also several power outages in the area.

The National Weather Service said Saturday’s storms brought damaging winds, large hail, heavy rainfall and frequent lightning to the areas.

In Catonsville, Maryland, hail the size of a golf ball fell; and wind gusts reached 62 mph in Annapolis, the National Weather Service said.

Sunday will be significantly cooler with waves of showers and storms, some of which could be strong.


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