Thunderstorms roared through the Washington, DC area Thursday afternoon and evening, causing heavy rain, strong winds, floods, hail and lightning, and more rain is expected.
Numerous warnings of severe thunderstorms and floods and guards were issued throughout the area.
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Several motorists had to be rescued from flooding at Massachusetts Avenue and Goldsboro Road in Bethesda.
Floods can be life-threatening. Do not travel if it can be avoided.
Severe thunderstorms knocked down trees and flooded roads in the area Thursday. News4’s Walter Morris reports.
Fallen trees blocked roads and toppled power lines around the area. Thousands of people lost power.
“Destructive winds will cause some trees and large branches to fall,” the weather service said. “This can damage them outdoors, as well as damage homes and vehicles. Roads can be blocked by felled trees. Local power outages are possible. Unsecured light objects can turn into projectiles.”
Another round of rain is expected to continue in the early morning hours.
Storm Team4 declared a weather contingency day on Thursday. The harsh weather forecasts were two out of five (light), according to the National Weather Service.
“We are likely to see one or two storms become severe, possibly more, in a series of storms that will pass through,” said Storm Team4 meteorologist Somara Theodore.
Storm Team4 weather radar showed several rounds of thunderstorms.
“Some of these will be slow-movers, so they will be with for a while,” Theodore said.
When we get through the violent weather threat on Thursday, the weather forecast for the weekend improves. Friday to Sunday there will be plenty of sunshine and temperatures will peak in the low 80s.