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UPDATED: Flood Warning in Effect for Tysons Area

Updated at 1:35 p.m. — The NWS issued a Flood Warning for areas in central Fairfax County, including Merrifield, Tysons Vienna. The warning is set to last until 7 p.m. 

“Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated that moderate to heavy rain was falling over the area. The heavy rain will cause flooding,” according to NWS. “Up to 1 inch of rain has already fallen. Additional rainfall amounts of around an inch are possible.”

Earlier: A Flood Watch will be in effect in Fairfax County for today (Thursday), starting at 10 a.m.

The National Weather Service says that heavy rain is expected this afternoon, followed by a “strong cold front” in the early evening.

“Widespread rainfall totals of 1.5-2.5 inches are expected with locally higher amounts of three inches or more possible,” according to NWS. The rain may likely cause small streams and the primary downstream areas of rivers to flood, along with possible, moderate river flooding.

NWS suggests that people who live near flood zones prepare for flooding.

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