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JUST IN: Flood Watch in effect into Thursday evening for Fairfax County

Raindrops in puddles (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

The rain now passing through Fairfax County could lead to flash flooding this afternoon and evening (Thursday).

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for much of the D.C. area that’s currently set to be in effect until 8 p.m.

Here is more from the alert:

* IMPACTS…Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations. Flooding may occur in poor drainage and urban areas.

– A strong surface trough has settled over the I 95 corridor and has become the focus for the formation of strong thunderstorms. PWs greater than 1.7 inches combined with the potential for training storms capable of producing 2 to 3 inches per hour may lead to an increased threat for flash flooding over the more urban areas along the I-95 corridor. One to two inches of rain are likely within training storms with locally higher amounts around 4 inches are possible.

The region is also under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 9 p.m.

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