May 27, 2010

Severe thunderstorm WATCH for Montgomery County

The National Weather Service has issued a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH for Montgomery County until 9PM Tonight. The primary threat with these storms include extremely heavy rain, very large hail up to 2", lightning, and isolated tornadoes. Residents can report severe weather by replying to this alert. Those with outdoor plans this evening should monitor the skies and be prepared for threatening weather. Lightning is the number one severe weather killer in the US. If you are outdoors and storm approaches, seek safe shelter indoors.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH means conditions are favorable for severe storms in and close to the watch area. Severe thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce tornadoes with little or no advanced warning. Residents should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings. The National Weather Service has issued a FLASH FLOOD WATCH for Montgomery County until late this evening. Slow moving Severe Thunderstorms this afternoon will have the ability to produce 1-2" per hour rainfall rates for some areas.

Flash Floods kill more people every year than any other weather hazard. Do not drive through flooded areas. As little as 2 feet of water can sweep a vehicle off the road. Please stay alert for any severe watches or warnings. SKYWARN activation has been requested and spotters are asked to relay any reports to the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, and the National Weather Service office in Sterling, VA. SOURCE: FOX DC

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