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UPDATED: Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued

Update at 3:25 p.m. — A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has just been issued and is in effect through 4:15 p.m.

More from the National Weather Service:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING…

* UNTIL 415 PM EDT.

* AT 324 PM EDT, A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR BULL RUN, OR NEAR CENTREVILLE, MOVING EAST AT 25 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…DAMAGING WINDS WILL CAUSE SOME TREES AND LARGE BRANCHES TO FALL. THIS COULD INJURE THOSE OUTDOORS, AS WELL AS DAMAGE HOMES AND VEHICLES. ROADWAYS MAY BECOME BLOCKED BY DOWNED TREES. LOCALIZED POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE. UNSECURED LIGHT OBJECTS MAY BECOME PROJECTILES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE… ARLINGTON, ALEXANDRIA, CENTREVILLE, RESTON, ANNANDALE, SPRINGFIELD, SOUTH RIDING, HERNDON, FAIRFAX, VIENNA, FALLS CHURCH, MANTUA, PIMMIT HILLS, AMERICAN LEGION BRIDGE, MCLEAN, POTOMAC, BURKE, LINTON HALL, OAKTON AND CHANTILLY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A BUILDING.

Earlier: Fairfax County is under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 8 p.m. this evening (Wednesday).

The watch went into effect around 2 p.m. today and the National Weather Service warns of heavy rain, hail and potentially damaging winds.

According to the National Weather Service:

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM FOR THE ENTIRE AREA. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE LIKELY THIS AFTERNOON INTO THIS EVENING. SOME THUNDERSTORMS MAY BE SEVERE, WITH DAMAGING  WIND GUSTS AND LARGE HAIL BEING THE PRIMARY THREATS.

LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN COULD ALSO CAUSE AN ISOLATED INCIDENT OF FLOODING, MAINLY IN THE BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA AND LOCATIONS THAT HAVE RECENTLY RECEIVED HEAVY RAIN.

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