Tornado watch, flash flood warning issued as severe weather looms over DC area

Severe storms rocked the WTOP listening area Thursday night and into Friday morning.

Parts of central Montgomery County, including Germantown, Gaithersburg and Montgomery Village, were under a flash flood warning until 12:30 a.m. Friday.

A tornado watch that had been issued for much of the WTOP listening area Thursday was canceled at 12 a.m. Friday.

The areas under a tornado watch included:

  • D.C.
  • Maryland: Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.
  • Virginia: Alexandria, Fairfax City, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park. Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford counties.

Thunderstorms with heavy rain and wind pelted parts of the area Thursday night, causing areal flooding and power outages.

Near Great Seneca Creek, a car was submerged in high water, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Pete Piringer tweeted Thursday night. The driver was able to get out, and there was no reported injury.

There were several water rescues throughout the county, including cars stuck in high water in Rockville and in Gaithersburg; and one person was extricated after a tree fell into a car in Colesville, Piringer said.

Severe weather affected local holiday events, such as a parade in Leesburg, Virginia, that was canceled.

All the activity should be over on Friday. The D.C. area will be in the mid-50s by sunrise and temperatures will hold in the low 50s into early afternoon, with a gusty and blustery northwest wind around 20 mph to 30 mph and plenty of sunshine.

Temperatures will fall into the 40s by 8 p.m. Friday.

The good news about the weekend is that it will be mostly sunny both Saturday and Sunday.

However, temperatures will be about 10 degrees colder than average. Plan for 30s to around 40 both weekend mornings and low to mid-50s both afternoons.

This new, chilly pattern will be around into next week. Goodbye, October. Hello, November.


Friday: Heavy rain before 5 a.m. Becoming sunny by noon and blustery. Falling temperatures. Chance of rain: 80% before 5 a.m. Wind: Northwest 20-30 mph. Temps: 45-55.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, chilly, light breeze. Chance of rain: 0%. Wind: Variable 4-8 mph. Highs: 52-58.


WTOP’s Abigail Constantino contributed to this report.

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Teta Alim

Teta Alim is a Digital Editor at WTOP. Teta's interest in journalism started in music and moved to digital media.

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Editor and reporter for He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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