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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Hazardous Weather Forecast For Prince George's County - UPDATE at 4:15 PM


MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

4:15 PM UPDATE FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE 

NWS has issued a special statement for our area: Severe thunderstorms with isolated tornadoes are likely to impact the Washington metropolitan area and southern Maryland between 4 pm and 6 pm today (Saturday,16 April) 

A line of gusty showers and severe thunderstorms over northern and Central Virginia will continue to slowly progress east through the Washington metropolitan and southern Maryland area between 4 and 6 pm. Isolated tornadoes are possible in some of the stronger Thunderstorms. Please be ready to take cover should warnings be Issued for your area. 

The National Weather Service is forecasting HAZARDOUS WEATHER for Prince 
George's County this afternoon.  There is a possibility of strong storms that 
will produce damaging winds, torrential rain, thunderstorms and flooding.
Citizens and residents are advised to take appropriate precautions to stay safe.Stay informed by monitoring local news broadcasts about approaching weather.  
Stay ready to take quick actions in the event of hazardous weather including 
remaining indoors and going to the lowest possible level or floor and if
possible in a room with no windows.  Have your emergency kit ready. 
Stay Informed, Stay Ready, Stay Safe.
Flood Safety Tips...

• Never try to walk, swim, or drive through swift-moving floodwater. If you must walk in a flooded area, walk where the water is not moving. Remember, 2 feet of water will float your vehicle and 6 inches of fast moving floodwater can knock you off your feet.

• If you come upon floodwaters, STOP, TURN AROUND AND GO ANOTHER WAY!!

• Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road.

• If your car stalls, leave it and seek higher ground, if you can do so safely.

• Stay informed about the storm and possible flooding by listening to your NOAA weather radio, commercial radio or television.
For updated Weather alerts go to:
http://www.weather.gov/alerts-beta/wwaatmget.php?x=MDC033
Current Weather Forecast from the National Weather Service
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE MARYLAND PORTION OF THE
CHESAPEAKE BAY...TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER...AND ADJACENT COUNTIES IN
CENTRAL MARYLAND AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA AS WELL AS THE DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT THROUGH EARLY THIS AFTERNOON
ALONG THE TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER NEAR ALEXANDRIA AND WASHINGTON DC. A
COASTAL FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT ALONG
THE TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER AND THE WESTERN SHORE OF THE MARYLAND
CHESAPEAKE BAY. PLEASE REFER TO THE LATEST HAZARD MESSAGE /CFWLWX/
FOR DETAILS.

A GALE WARNING IS IN EFFECT THROUGH TONIGHT FOR THE MARYLAND
CHESAPEAKE BAY AND TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER.

THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP ALONG A SURFACE TROUGH LATE THIS
AFTERNOON AND WILL MOVE THROUGH THE OUTLOOK AREA. SOME STORMS WILL
BE CAPABLE OF TORNADOES AND DAMAGING WIND GUSTS. HEAVY RAIN IN
THESE STORMS ALSO COULD LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING MAINLY ALONG AND
WEST OF THE INTERSTATE 95 CORRIDOR.

SPECIAL MARINE WARNINGS ARE LIKELY LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING
AS THUNDERSTORMS CROSS THE WATERS.

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