Driver killed from felled tree in Md.; tornadoes, flooding reported as Isaias departs DC region

Sheared-off trees on Point Lookout Road, in Leonardtown, Maryland. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

truck accident on West Lake Drive
On West Lake Drive near Tuckerman Lane in Montgomery County, a truck driver was struck by a falling tree. (Courtesy Montgomery Co. Fire and Rescue/Pete Piringer)

More tree damage in Leonardtown, Maryland. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

An overturned RV in Leonardtown, Maryland. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

An uprooted tree in Leonardtown, Maryland, Aug. 4, 2020. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

(WTOP/Michelle Basch)
car travels through a puddle
A car passes through a deep puddle on flood-prone Broad Branch Road in Northwest D.C. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

Old Town Alexandria sandbags in front of a business
Sandbags are up against the doors of Old Town Books in Alexandria. Old Town is prone to flooding. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

Alexandria businesses get ready for Isaias with sandbags. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Alexandria businesses get ready for Isaias with sandbags. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

Old Town Alexandria is prone to flooding. The city ran out of sandbags when they were distributed on Aug. 3. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

sandbags in Old Town Alexandria
In Old Town Alexandria, sandbags are placed in front of businesses. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

No Parking signs are seen on historic Ellicott City’s Main Street, anticipating possible flooding from Isaias. Many businesses in this stretch were devastated in 2018 and 2016 floods.

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truck accident on West Lake Drive
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Old Town Alexandria sandbags in front of a business
Alexandria businesses get ready for Isaias with sandbags. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
sandbags in Old Town Alexandria

Isaias has passed out of the D.C. area, but high water and possible flooding, as well as the damage from heavy rain and winds, remain in the region.

The storm damage was worst in southern Maryland, particularly in St. Mary’s County.

A driver was killed in Mechanicsville when a tree fell on their car at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said.

At least two tornadoes struck southern Maryland. A weather spotter with the National Weather Service said a tornado touched down in Leonardtown at about 6:45 a.m., and another possible tornado happened in the Plum Point area of Calvert County, said Chris Strong, a meteorologist with the weather service.

The weather service is still out surveying damage to determine the rating of these, and to see if there were any others, Storm Team4 meteorologist Amelia Draper said.

Tops of trees in Leonardtown were clipped off, and some were torn clean away, WTOP’s Michelle Basch reported.

Charlie Mills said he was awake and looking out the picture window of his house on Point Lookout Road at about 6:45 a.m. That gave him a perfect view when a tree fell on his roof, poking a hole in it.

“The wind came through and just knocked it all down,” he said. “Water’s been going in everything.” He suspects that about 12 trees on his property came down.

Forecasters are still warning of flooding in the District, Baltimore and the suburbs.

The National Weather Service said at about 1 p.m. that Rock Creek was at flood stage and “near peak,” and will recede during the afternoon, but that flooding is still a concern.

The weather service has a flood warning in effect for northwestern D.C. until 5:30 p.m., and a coastal flood warning from 3 p.m. Tuesday until 3 a.m. Wednesday for D.C., saying, “The unprotected area on the Southwest Waterfront at the DC Seafood Market is expected to flood.”

Thousands of people are without power.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • It’s (almost) over: Heavy rainfall has left the area …
  • … unless you’re on the coast: Isaias is pushing a large volume of water behind it, meaning coastal flooding of between 3 and 5 feet will continue to be an issue for low-lying areas of the Chesapeake and the Eastern Shore through Tuesday night.
  • Flood woes and travel headaches: Torrential rain sent waterways over their banks near the District into Southern Maryland. Much of the region is still under a flood warning, with some rivers and small streams likely to keep rising for a while.
  • Power outages: A Dominion Power spokeswoman told WTOP that power in most of Northern Virginia should have been back on at about 3 p.m., but could last days in other areas of the state.


‘Tornadic circulations’ in Southern Maryland

Some of the worst effects from the storms have come in St. Mary’s County, in Southern Maryland. A spotter has reported that a tornado touched down in Leonardtown.

Chris Strong, with the National Weather Service, told WTOP on Tuesday afternoon that the center of Isaias tracked over the tip of southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore, resulting in “a number of tornadic circulations … that we are checking out.”

He added that some places in Southern Maryland even got up to 9 inches of rain in the overnight and morning.

The weather service typically takes a few days to confirm reports of tornadoes, but Strong said they were looking at about five tracks in St. Mary’s and Calvert counties.

In St. Mary’s, the storm damage itself was making it difficult to get around to study, he said.

As the evening approaches, Strong said there were a “number of flood warnings, mainly east of 95” to keep aware of, and added, “Be very leery of low areas, because there’s a lot of flooding out there.”

Intense thunderstorms spawned at least nine suspected tornadoes overnight from Southern Maryland to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

Isaias is “booking it” up the East Coast at a speed of 30 to 35 mph, Storm Team 4 meteorologist Somara Theodore said, and should be near the Canadian border by the end of the day. But it dumped heavy rain in much of the D.C. region and spawned numerous tornadoes from Central Virginia through Southern Maryland, including 7.67 inches in Mechanicsville, Maryland.


Gallery: Isaias hits the Washington area


Submerged roads, swollen waterways

Tropical Storm Isaias — which made landfall in North Carolina last night as a hurricane with winds near 85 mph — continues to bring a flood threat to millions along the Interstate 95 corridor.

“It is a mess out there,” Sherry Christian, of the Maryland Department of Transportation, told WTOP on Tuesday morning.

Though she said, “We might even have a pretty sunset,” she still urged drivers to “take precautions and heed the warnings,” because high water and winds will continue.

Maryland state troopers rescued two drivers from cars that were swept away as they tried to cross Brandywine Drive in La Plata, Maryland, on the border of Charles and Prince George’s counties. It took about 45 minutes to find one of the drivers, the police said in a statement.

By Tuesday afternoon, crews had 78 active weather-related events that included 37 roadway closures due to high water and 35 associated with debris, Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration said in a news release.

At one time there were 18 weather related closures in St. Mary’s County, 19 in Cecil County and nine in Anne Arundel County.

D.C. and Northern Virginia had seen between 2 and 4 inches of rain by 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to radar estimates, with St. Mary’s and Calvert counties in Maryland eyeing the highest totals in the region with estimates of over 6 inches.

The National Weather Service had yet to release official rainfall totals.

The St. Mary’s River topped its banks to near-historic levels, forcing a closure on Md. Route 5 in Callaway.

Historic Ellicott City, Maryland, took no chances with Isaias, still recovering from a dual volley of devastating floods in the last few years. Crews labored to remove 12 tons of debris out of streams in the watershed over the weekend in preparation for Isaias’ deluge — though WTOP’s Neal Augenstein reported the community had averted significant flooding as of Tuesday morning.

WTOP’s Nick Iannelli was on the scene in Annapolis:

What’s the damage?

In Suffolk, Virginia, multiple homes were damaged by falling trees, and city officials received reports of a possible tornado. A fire station downtown sustained damage, including a broken window, and photos posted by city officials showed a pile of bricks lying next to a damaged business.

In Rockville, Maryland, Isaias’ winds brought a tree down on a moving vehicle on West Lake Drive near Tuckerman Lane. One person was transported to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer said, tweeting photos of an overturned truck:

D.C. officials were aware of at least 20 locations where trees had fallen. Crews in the District were working to direct traffic around high water on South Capitol Street and in Congress Heights.

“We’ve had them out since this morning, making sure that when we do see those trouble spots, we’re mitigating the flooding, closing roads and trying to get them reopened as quickly as possible,” said Christopher Rodriguez, director of D.C.’s emergency management agency, who added that power outages in the District have so far been low.

Thousands of outages have been observed in Northern Virginia. More than 115,000 customers are in the dark throughout the state, particularly from Richmond to Virginia Beach, who were among the first to face the brunt of Isaias in the overnight hours.

Impact on mass transit and roads

Maryland State Police said that from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, they responded to 152 crashes, 117 call for road hazards — such as downed wires and trees — 25 disabled vehicles and 609 overall calls for service.

High winds stopped traffic on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, but lanes reopened just past noon, and the MDTA dropped wind warnings at about 1:30 p.m.

In D.C., Metro is limiting some access to riders as part of its severe weather plan. The Cleveland Park Metro station was closed Tuesday, since that station’s entrances are in an area prone to flash flooding. It was supposed to be closed all day, but reopened in the early afternoon.

The north entrance to the King Street Metro station in Alexandria is closed.

Riders are advised of the potential for weather-related delays and should anticipate service adjustments.

VRE is operating on an S schedule. All trains marked with an “S” in addition to Fredericksburg line trains 300 and 307 are running. Manassas line train 327, which is supposed to depart from Union station at 3:45 p.m., is canceled due to some equipment damage from striking a tree in the morning.

For the latest road and traffic conditions, see WTOP’s traffic page or listen to updates every 10 minutes online or on the air at 103.5 FM. Submit traffic tips by calling 866-304-WTOP or tagging @WTOPtraffic on Twitter.

Near the corner of West 2nd Street and Driftwood Drive in Ocean Isle Beach in North Carolina.

In this aerial photo boats are stacked on top of each other in the Southport Marina Tuesday Aug. 4, 2020 in Southport N.C. after Tropical Storm Isaias came ashore over night in Brunswick County. (Ken Blevins/Wilmington Star-News via AP)
In this aerial photo boats are stacked on top of each other in the Southport Marina Tuesday Aug. 4, 2020 in Southport N.C. after Tropical Storm Isaias came ashore over night in Brunswick County. (Ken Blevins/Wilmington Star-News via AP)

In this aerial photo boats and docks are washed together along the marsh near Southport, N.C. as Tropical Storm Isaias came ashore Tuesday night Aug. 4, 2020 in Brunswick County. The storm caused damage along all of the southern beaches like Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach, Oak Island and Southport. (Ken Blevins/Wilmington Star-News via AP)
In this aerial photo boats and docks are washed together along the marsh near Southport, N.C. as Tropical Storm Isaias came ashore Tuesday night Aug. 4, 2020 in Brunswick County. The storm caused damage along all of the southern beaches like Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach, Oak Island and Southport. (Ken Blevins/Wilmington Star-News via AP)

Several homes in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. burned as Tropical Storm Isaias came ashore Tuesday Aug. 4, 2020 in Brunswick County. Isaias toggled between hurricane and tropical storm strength as it churned toward the East Coast. Fueled by warm ocean waters, the storm got a late burst of strength as a rejuvenated hurricane with top sustained winds of 85 mph (136 km/h) before coming ashore late Monday near Ocean Isle Beach. (Ken Blevins/Wilmington Star-News via AP)
Several homes in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. burned as Tropical Storm Isaias came ashore Tuesday Aug. 4, 2020 in Brunswick County. Isaias toggled between hurricane and tropical storm strength as it churned toward the East Coast. Fueled by warm ocean waters, the storm got a late burst of strength as a rejuvenated hurricane with top sustained winds of 85 mph (136 km/h) before coming ashore late Monday near Ocean Isle Beach. (Ken Blevins/Wilmington Star-News via AP)

Residents survey the damage following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Residents survey the damage following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

A pier shows damages following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A pier shows damages following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Residents begin to clean up following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Residents begin to clean up following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Boats are piled on each other at the Southport Marina following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Boats are piled on each other at the Southport Marina following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Residents survey the damages along the waterfront following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Residents survey the damages along the waterfront following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Boats are piled on each other at the Southport Marina following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Boats are piled on each other at the Southport Marina following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

A person walks along the shoreline as a earthmover prepares sand along the beach Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Atlantic City, N.J. Tropical Storm Isaias spawned tornadoes and dumped rain during an inland march up the U.S. East Coast, including New Jersey, on Tuesday after making landfall as a hurricane along the North Carolina coast. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)
A person walks along the shoreline as a earthmover prepares sand along the beach Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Atlantic City, N.J. Tropical Storm Isaias spawned tornadoes and dumped rain during an inland march up the U.S. East Coast, including New Jersey, on Tuesday after making landfall as a hurricane along the North Carolina coast. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 04: A woman runs along a deserted boardwalk in Rockaway, Queens as Tropical Storm Isaias churns its way up the East Coast on August 04, 2020 in New York City.The storm, which regained hurricane strength Monday night, is expected to bring heavy rainfall, lightning, strong winds and flooding to the New York City area on Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 04: A woman runs along a deserted boardwalk in Rockaway, Queens as Tropical Storm Isaias churns its way up the East Coast on August 04, 2020 in New York City.The storm, which regained hurricane strength Monday night, is expected to bring heavy rainfall, lightning, strong winds and flooding to the New York City area on Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 04: A lifeguard walks along a deserted beach in Rockaway, Queens as Tropical Storm Isaias churns its way up the East Coast on August 04, 2020 in New York City.The storm, which regained hurricane strength Monday night, is expected to bring heavy rainfall, lightning, strong winds and flooding to the New York City area on Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 04: A lifeguard walks along a deserted beach in Rockaway, Queens as Tropical Storm Isaias churns its way up the East Coast on August 04, 2020 in New York City.The storm, which regained hurricane strength Monday night, is expected to bring heavy rainfall, lightning, strong winds and flooding to the New York City area on Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A jogger passes water-filled rubber barricades protecting the South Street Seaport from flooding, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in New York. Heavy rains are falling as Tropical Storm Isaias roars north on the Atlantic Coast, leaving behind power outages and reports of tornadoes. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

A Philadelphia police officer rushes to help a stranded motorist during Tropical Storm Isaias, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Philadelphia. The storm spawned tornadoes and dumped rain during an inland march up the U.S. East Coast after making landfall as a hurricane along the North Carolina coast. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
A Philadelphia police officer rushes to help a stranded motorist during Tropical Storm Isaias, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Philadelphia. The storm spawned tornadoes and dumped rain during an inland march up the U.S. East Coast after making landfall as a hurricane along the North Carolina coast. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC – AUGUST 4: Tom Beckman, left, and Karen Ernst, walk their dog, Sadie, near a section of damaged pier after Hurricane Isaias came through the night before on August 4, 2020 in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Hurricane Isaias was downgraded to a tropical storm on Tuesday after making landfall overnight as a Category 1 hurricane. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

A tree branch rests on a car after Hurricane Isaias made landfall near the town the night before in Wilmington, North Carolina on August 4, 2020. – Hurricane Isaias slammed into North Carolina bringing life-threatening storm surges and leaving more than 350,000 homes without power, as the US eastern seaboard battened down for flash floods and destructive winds. Packing sustained winds of 85 miles per hour (around 140 kilometers per hour), the Category 1 hurricane made landfall in the southern part of the state on Monday just before midnight (0400 GMT), the National Hurricane Center said. (Photo by Logan Cyrus / AFP) (Photo by LOGAN CYRUS/AFP via Getty Images)

Flooded roadways in Ocean Drive are seen following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Caswell Beach, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Boats are piled on each other at the Southport Marina following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Debris covers the sidewalk in Southport, N.C. as hurricane Isaias moved through North Carolina early Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (WECT-TV via AP)

A man uses his phone to record video of floodwaters on Ocean Blvd. August 3, 2020 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Hurricane Isaias continued to move north along the U.S. eastern seaboard. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

People walk through floodwaters on Ocean Blvd. August 3, 2020 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Hurricane Isaias continued to move north along the U.S. eastern seaboard. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

A vehicle passes Sams Corner during heavy rains on August 3, 2020 in Garden City, South Carolina. Hurricane Isaias continued to move north along the U.S. eastern seaboard. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

People walk on the flooded Sea Mountain Highway in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., as Isaias neared the Carolinas on Monday night, Aug. 3, 2020. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)
People walk on the flooded Sea Mountain Highway in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., as Isaias neared the Carolinas on Monday night, Aug. 3, 2020. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

A woman walks through floodwaters on Ocean Boulevard August 3, 2020 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Hurricane Isaias continued to move north along the U.S. eastern seaboard. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

A person watches waves crashing against the Pier at Garden City August 3, 2020 in Garden City, South Carolina. Hurricane Isaias continued to move north along the U.S. eastern seaboard. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Michael Bledsoe, far left, sells sandbags as Tropical Storm Isaias approaches in Wilmington, N.C., Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

A sign warns of possible flooding due to Tropical Storm Isaias on August 3, 2020 in Garden City, South Carolina. Hurricane Isaias continued to move north along the U.S. eastern seaboard. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

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In this aerial photo boats are stacked on top of each other in the Southport Marina Tuesday Aug. 4, 2020 in Southport N.C. after Tropical Storm Isaias came ashore over night in Brunswick County. (Ken Blevins/Wilmington Star-News via AP)
In this aerial photo boats and docks are washed together along the marsh near Southport, N.C. as Tropical Storm Isaias came ashore Tuesday night Aug. 4, 2020 in Brunswick County. The storm caused damage along all of the southern beaches like Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach, Oak Island and Southport. (Ken Blevins/Wilmington Star-News via AP)
Several homes in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. burned as Tropical Storm Isaias came ashore Tuesday Aug. 4, 2020 in Brunswick County. Isaias toggled between hurricane and tropical storm strength as it churned toward the East Coast. Fueled by warm ocean waters, the storm got a late burst of strength as a rejuvenated hurricane with top sustained winds of 85 mph (136 km/h) before coming ashore late Monday near Ocean Isle Beach. (Ken Blevins/Wilmington Star-News via AP)
Residents survey the damage following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A pier shows damages following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Residents begin to clean up following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Boats are piled on each other at the Southport Marina following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Residents survey the damages along the waterfront following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Boats are piled on each other at the Southport Marina following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A person walks along the shoreline as a earthmover prepares sand along the beach Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Atlantic City, N.J. Tropical Storm Isaias spawned tornadoes and dumped rain during an inland march up the U.S. East Coast, including New Jersey, on Tuesday after making landfall as a hurricane along the North Carolina coast. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 04: A woman runs along a deserted boardwalk in Rockaway, Queens as Tropical Storm Isaias churns its way up the East Coast on August 04, 2020 in New York City.The storm, which regained hurricane strength Monday night, is expected to bring heavy rainfall, lightning, strong winds and flooding to the New York City area on Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 04: A lifeguard walks along a deserted beach in Rockaway, Queens as Tropical Storm Isaias churns its way up the East Coast on August 04, 2020 in New York City.The storm, which regained hurricane strength Monday night, is expected to bring heavy rainfall, lightning, strong winds and flooding to the New York City area on Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A Philadelphia police officer rushes to help a stranded motorist during Tropical Storm Isaias, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Philadelphia. The storm spawned tornadoes and dumped rain during an inland march up the U.S. East Coast after making landfall as a hurricane along the North Carolina coast. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
People walk on the flooded Sea Mountain Highway in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., as Isaias neared the Carolinas on Monday night, Aug. 3, 2020. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

WTOP’s Michelle Basch, Valerie Bonk, Dan Friedell, Kristi King and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Forecast

Tuesday night: Scattered showers and storms during the vening, then mainly clear and mild. Lows in the mid 60s to low 70s.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny and less humid as Isaias moves north. Highs in the mid-80s.

Thursday: Sunny, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid-80s.

Friday: Partly cloudy, with showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Highs in the mid- to upper 80s.


Current conditions


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