(Updated at 6:30 p.m.) The thunderstorm has passed, but it has left some destruction in its wake, taking out electricity for more than 8,000 people in Fairfax County.
According to PowerOutage.US, there are currently 8,707 customers without power in the county.
The worst damage is in the Groveton and Hybla Valley area along Route 1, where around 5,835 Dominion Energy customers are currently without power, according to the utility company’s outage map.
Outages have also affected over 500 customers in Springfield.
The outages come after a thunderstorm hit the D.C. area earlier this afternoon (Monday), prompting reports of quarter-sized hail.
The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Fairfax County until 4:45 p.m.:
HAZARD…70 mph wind gusts and half dollar size hail.
IMPACT…Damaging winds will cause some trees and large branches to fall. This could injure those outdoors, as well as damage homes and vehicles. Roadways may become blocked by
downed trees. Localized power outages are possible. Unsecured light objects may become projectiles.
* Locations impacted include… Arlington, Alexandria, Centreville, Waldorf, Dale City, Annandale, Clinton, Springfield, Fort Washington, Fairfax, Fort Hunt, Vienna, Groveton, Falls Church, Huntington, Coral Hills, Mantua, Fort Belvoir, Woodbridge and National Harbor.
NWS urges residents to move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was also issued for the county. It was expected to last until 9 p.m., but got canceled shortly before 5:30 p.m. after the storm moved on.
— Fairfax County Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) May 16, 2022
Angela Woolsey contributed to this report.
Update at 9:15 p.m. — The earlier Tornado Warning, and one issued subsequently, have both been cancelled. It appears that a rotating storm — possibly a weak tornado — passed by Tysons Corner Center mall, according to video posted on social media. There are also reports of damage near the Tysons Corner Metro station.
Note that the video below contains strong language.
Maybe some damage to some businesses on international drive between the two malls. Power lines arcing is what alerted me. Came out of nowhere. Tornado went right over Tysons corner metro station.
— Christopher (@RealPotatus) April 1, 2022
Tysons Mobil and Sunoco on Chain Bridge Rd. took a direct hit. No injuries. Roof of Sunoco was partially unmoored. pic.twitter.com/AHumJYTk5d
— Christopher (@RealPotatus) April 1, 2022
— Matthew Cappucci (@MatthewCappucci) April 1, 2022
Earlier: Parts of Fairfax County are under a Tornado Warning.
Take cover if you’re in the path of the potential tornado, including parts of Oakton, Vienna, Tysons, Falls Church or McLean.
From the National Weather Service:
BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC
822 PM EDT Thu Mar 31 2022
The National Weather Service in Sterling Virginia has issued a
* Tornado Warning for… Northern Fairfax County in northern Virginia…
* Until 845 PM EDT.
* At 821 PM EDT, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Chantilly, or over Centreville, moving northeast at 35 mph.
SOURCE…Radar indicated rotation.
IMPACT…For those in the direct path of a tornado touchdown, flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Damage to roofs, siding, and windows may occur. Mobile homes may be damaged or destroyed. Tree damage is likely.
* This dangerous storm will be near… Reston, Vienna and Oakton around 840 PM EDT. Pimmit Hills, American Legion Bridge, Mclean, Tysons Corner and Wolf Trap around 845 PM EDT.
Other locations impacted by this tornadic thunderstorm include Dunn Loring, Belleview and West Mclean.
TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.
Via social media:
Tornado Warning including McLean VA, Oakton VA, Fair Oaks VA until 8:45 PM EDT pic.twitter.com/lieFd6DP7P
— NWS Baltimore-Washington (@NWS_BaltWash) April 1, 2022
If you like in Fairfax County, there is a likely tornado moving from fair oaks almost along VALE ROAD and will impact VIENNA WOLF TRAP AND TYSONS CORNER. Seek shelter pic.twitter.com/typfMuvAOd
— Ryan Miller (@RyanMiller_WX) April 1, 2022
This is the tornado at 8:25pm. pic.twitter.com/Ti1l9A96LU
— Russ Adams 🌧️🌬️☀️🌡️☘️🌷🇺🇦 (@patpend) April 1, 2022
— Washingtonian Weather Geeks (@WashingtonianWx) April 1, 2022
Waters from the Potomac River could spill over into Fairfax County, with the D.C. area expected to get almost nonstop rain tomorrow (Friday), the National Weather Service warns.
A Coastal Flood Warning will be in place for Northern Virginia, including Fairfax County, starting at 6 p.m. today (Thursday) until 8 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 30).
According to the NWS, showers and thunderstorms from the Midwest are moving east and could bring 1 to 2 inches of rain, along with the risk of flash flooding along the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay.
Here is more from the NWS alert:
…COASTAL FLOOD WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 8 AM EDT SATURDAY…
* WHAT…Two to four feet of inundation above ground level possible in low lying areas.
* WHERE…Prince William/Manassas/Manassas Park, Fairfax and Stafford Counties.
* WHEN…From 6 PM this evening to 8 AM EDT Saturday, especially around the time of high tide.
* IMPACTS…Numerous roads may be closed. Low lying property including homes, businesses, and some critical infrastructure will be inundated. Some shoreline erosion will occur.
The NWS has also issued a Flood Watch that will be in effect from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow, with rainfall potentially reaching 2 to 4 inches in some areas.
“Heavy amounts of rain will cause creeks and streams to slowly rise, possibly out of their banks as well as the potential for flooding in urban areas,” the NWS said.
Several Coastal Flood Warnings have been issued along the Chesapeake Bay and Tidal Potomac River. Water levels are already on the rise and will only rise more throughout the day today and into Friday. Tidal inundation levels of 2-4 feet are expected in low-lying coastal areas. pic.twitter.com/dObvOQdto8
— NWS Baltimore-Washington (@NWS_BaltWash) October 28, 2021
The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management says the risk of rain will likely arrive in the county around midnight to 2 a.m. Friday, echoing the Fire and Rescue Department’s warning that flooding may lead to road closures.
“Low lying property, including homes, businesses and some critical infrastructure, may be inundated,” OEM said in a blog post. “Take the necessary actions to protect flood-prone property. If travel is required, do not drive around barricades or through water of unknown depth.”
The office also advised keeping children away from creeks or other bodies of water that may rise rapidly, and clearing leaves and other debris from downspouts and storm drains.
[10/28 at 8:35 AM] A Coastal Flood Warning will be in effect at 6 PM this evening to 8 AM Saturday.
🌊2-4 feet of inundation above ground level possible in low lying areas
🚧Numerous roads may be closed
⬆️Flooding will be the worst around high tide#TurnAroundDontDrown #VaWx pic.twitter.com/LDW8LfA8pw
— Ready Fairfax (@ReadyFairfax) October 28, 2021