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Flash Flood Warning in for Fairfax County, as storm takes out power

A power outage is affecting Pimmit Hills on Aug. 10, 2022 (via Dominion Energy)

An ongoing thunderstorm has taken out power for hundreds of Fairfax County residents, as the threat of flash flooding looms.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for the D.C. region that is set to remain in effect until 8 p.m.

According to the alert, between 1.5 and 2.5 inches of rain have fallen so far, and an additional 1 to 2 inches are possible. Areas of concern include Reston, Centreville, Annandale, Vienna, Falls Church, McLean, Great Falls, Chantilly, and Fairfax Station.

More than a thousand Dominion Energy customers have been affected by power outages since rain arrived in the area this afternoon, according to the utility company’s outage map.

The largest impact appears to be in Pimmit Hills, where 647 customers are without power. An outage affecting 328 people near Eagle View Elementary School in the Fairfax area is expected to be addressed between 6 and 11 p.m.

In the Herndon area, an outage at the Herndon Parkway and Sterling Road intersection has affected 221 customers. Dominion estimates that power will be restored there between 7 p.m. and midnight.

Herndon Parkway has been closed in both directions at Palmer Drive after an accident, according to the Town of Herndon Police Department. Power lines are down there.

The full Flash Flood Warning from the NWS is below:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A
* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…FAIRFAX COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…THE CITY OF FAIRFAX IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…THE NORTHWESTERN CITY OF FALLS CHURCH IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…

* UNTIL 800 PM EDT.

* AT 448 PM EDT, DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. BETWEEN 1.5 AND 2.5 INCHES OF RAIN HAVE FALLEN. ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE WARNED AREA. FLASH FLOODING IS ONGOING OR EXPECTED TO BEGIN SHORTLY.

HAZARD…FLASH FLOODING CAUSED BY THUNDERSTORMS.

SOURCE…RADAR.

IMPACT…FLASH FLOODING OF SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS, URBAN AREAS, HIGHWAYS, STREETS AND UNDERPASSES AS WELL AS OTHER POOR DRAINAGE AND LOW-LYING AREAS.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLASH FLOODING INCLUDE…CENTREVILLE… RESTON…ANNANDALE… HERNDON…FAIRFAX… VIENNA…FALLS CHURCH… MANTUA…PIMMIT HILLS… MCLEAN…BURKE… OAKTON…CHANTILLY… TYSONS CORNER…WOLF TRAP… GREAT FALLS…MERRIFIELD… I66 AND I495 INTERCHANGE…FAIRFAX STATION… DUNN LORING…

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