Overnight storms bring heavy rain, high winds to DC area – WTOP

Drivers during the Monday morning commute may have to dodge some debris from damaging wind gusts and some localized flooding, as severe weather and a tornado watch sweep through the D.C. area.

The severe storms initiated a tornado warning in Prince George’s, Calvert and Charles counties in Maryland, and a slew of severe thunderstorm warnings for most the region; and a tornado watch  issued for most of the area was canceled just before 3 a.m.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning until 3:15 a.m. for St. Mary’s County in Maryland. A tornado warning means that a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Those in the warning area should move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building.

The area endured heavy rainfall and gusty, damaging winds of up to 60 mph starting around 1:30 a.m. The barrage continued for several hours until the storms died down, cancelling many of the severe thunderstorm warnings.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued a statement Sunday, urging Marylanders to pay close attention to updated weather forecasts. “Residents should take every possible precaution, and stay indoors away from windows during thunderstorms,” he said. He also asked them to pay attention to emergency alerts.

The area was battered by two rounds of storms in less than 10 hours. Between 5 p.m. to 8 p.m, areas northwest of Interstate 95 experienced the first round of storms. The second storm raked through from west to east between midnight to 3 a.m.


A cold front was behind the storms and by daybreak on Monday, it will be dry. Clouds will move out slowly and the winds will kick up behind the front for a breezy and cool afternoon.

  • Monday: Steady rain with some heavy rains and storms. Chance of morning showers. Cooler in the afternoon and windy. Highs in the 60s.
  • Tuesday: Mostly sunny and breezy to windy. Highs in the mid 60s to 70 degrees.
  • Wednesday: Sunshine and warmer. Highs in the mid 70s to near 80.


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WTOP’s Alejandro Alvarez, Reem Nadeem and Jennifer Ortiz contributed to this report.

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