Tysons, VA

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for Fairfax County.

The watch is in effect until 11 p.m. today (Monday) and also covers several surrounding localities across Northern Virginia.

The National Weather Service issued the alert around 4:05 p.m.

NWS trimmed back its Flash Flood Watch earlier this afternoon, so it no longer includes Fairfax County.

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A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for Fairfax County.

The warning is in effect until 5:30 p.m. today (Thursday) and also covers several surrounding localities across Northern Virginia.

More from the National Weather Service:

At 447 PM EDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Linton Hall, or 10 miles east of Warrenton, moving northeast at 35 mph.

HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.

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.

NWS recommends that people “move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.”

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Updated at 2:50 p.m. — NWS has a Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect for Fairfax County until 3:15 p.m. 

More from NWS:

…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 315 PM EDT FOR SOUTHEASTERN LOUDOUN…FAIRFAX…NORTH CENTRAL FAUQUIER…AND NORTHWESTERN PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTIES…THE CITY OF FAIRFAX…THE CITY OF MANASSAS PARK AND THE NORTHEASTERN CITY OF ANASSAS…

At 244 PM EDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Haymarket, or near South Riding, moving east at 40 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.

Earlier: A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for Fairfax County.

The watch is in effect until 9 p.m. today (Thursday) and also covers several surrounding localities across Northern Virginia, D.C. and Maryland.

NWS tweeted out the watch at 1:58 p.m., saying that a tornado is possible, along with isolated, ping-pong sized hail and scattered winds up to 65 miles per hour.

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A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for Fairfax County.

The warning is in effect until 4:30 p.m. today (Thursday) and also covers several surrounding localities across Northern Virginia, D.C. and Maryland.

More from the National Weather Service:

At 337 PM EDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from Mclean to Fairfax, moving east at 20 mph.

HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.

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.

NWS recommends that people “move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.”

File photo

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(Updated at 2:30 p.m.) A Tornado Watch and Severe Thunderstorm Warning are in effect for Fairfax County.

The watch is in effect until 9 p.m. today (Friday). Storms with heavy rain and strong winds are also expected this evening. Several surrounding localities across Northern Virginia, D.C. and Maryland are also covered by the alert.

The Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect until 3 p.m. today and covers parts of Northern Virginia and Maryland.

More from the National Weather Service on the Severe Thunderstorm Warning:

…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 300 PM EDT FOR MONTGOMERY…SOUTHEASTERN LOUDOUN AND NORTHERN FAIRFAX COUNTIES AND THE NORTHWESTERN CITY OF FAIRFAX…

AT 232 PM EDT, SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM ASHBURN TO DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED. DULLES AIRPORT GUSTED TO 53 MPH.

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… GERMANTOWN, CENTREVILLE, ROCKVILLE, BETHESDA, GAITHERSBURG, RESTON, LEESBURG, OLNEY, SOUTH RIDING, HERNDON, FAIRFAX, VIENNA, DAMASCUS, BROADLANDS, LANSDOWNE, LOWES ISLAND, BRAMBLETON, PIMMIT HILLS, POOLESVILLE AND MCLEAN.

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Morning Notes

What to Do About Backyard Wildlife — “Don’t pet or feed wild animals. In fact, local animal control encourages you to ‘haze’ them if at all possible. As winter sets in, homes around Fairfax County could look particularly appealing to animals looking for a refuge for the cold weather or a bite to eat.” [Reston Now]

Flood Watch Today — The area remains under a Flood Watch through 6 p.m. as rain continues today. Some storms may form later in the day. This evening, the solstice will usher in winter on the shortest day and longest night of the year. [FairfaxNews, Capital Weather Gang]

Winter Weather Reminder — “Today is officially the first day of winter! Enjoy the season but stay safe and warm. Sign up for Fairfax Alerts to stay informed on winter weather.” [Twitter, Fairfax Alerts]

Holiday Grocery Store Hours — Patch has a list of grocery stores around the Tysons area and the hours for each on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Most grocery stores will be closed on Dec. 25, though some will be open with reduced hours. [Patch]

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Fairfax County residents, along with the rest of the country, will be getting an emergency alert on their phone a week for today, but it’s just a test.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be conducting a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) at 2:18 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The so-called “presidential alert” test, of a system intended for use during national emergencies, was postponed to next week due to the flooding caused by Hurricane Florence.

On social media today, Fairfax County posted a reminded about the wireless alert test and that it shouldn’t be confused with the county’s Fairfax Alerts. Like WEA, Fairfax sends out public safety alerts about severe weather, though the county’s alerts also include traffic alerts and county government closures.

More on the test:

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