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DC Prepares for Severe Weather

Today’s forecast includes threats of strong wind, hail, and even tornadoes.

The Washington Monument and Watergate under storm clouds. Photographs by Carol Ross Joynt.

The only thing we know about today’s weather is that the forecasts predict something potentially fierce—certainly wind and rain. A strong front is moving east from the Midwest and will impact as far south as coastal Virginia and as far north as New York. According to the National Weather Service, when the brunt of the storm hits later today it could include “damaging wind gusts, large hail and tornadoes” as well as severe thunderstorms. There could be breaks of sun between this morning and later in the afternoon, but don’t interpret them as an indication the storm has passed. The worst part of the storm is expected between 5 and 9 PM.

Storm clouds over the Kennedy Center. 

These photos were taken from the rooftop of the Capella Hotel in Georgetown shortly after 9 AM when the leading edge of the front crossed over Washington. This was only the first wave of the storm, according to the NWS and other weather sources.

A helicopter flies below the clouds as they move in over DC. 

Taking photos of the storm? Tweet us @washingtonian.

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