The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Alexandria.

“Avoid small streams and do not drive through water on roadways,” the city’s emergency services said.

The city is also under a severe thunderstorm warning.

More from the National Weather Service:

The Flash Flood Watch continues…

* From 2 PM EDT this afternoon through Friday morning.

* Several rounds of thunderstorms are expected this afternoon through early Friday morning with localized rainfall rates of up to 1-2 inches per hour possible. Total rainfall amounts of 1-3 inches, with locally higher amounts up to 4 inches are possible.

* Heavy rain in short periods of time will cause the potential for streams and creeks to quickly rise out of their banks as well as the potential for flash flooding in urban areas.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

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(Updated at 10 p.m.) The Alexandria Fire Department is responding to nearly a dozen calls throughout the city as it remains under a Flash Flood warning until 2:30 a.m.

“Right now we are on 11 different calls for public service for water-related emergencies,” Alexandria Deputy Fire Chief Brian Hricik told ALXnow.”It does not appear that any of them are people trapped in vehicles.”

Hricik said that there is light flooding in Old Town, which should become more severe as the tide rolls in tomorrow after 11 a.m. One of the calls was to assist a vehicle stuck in the roadway at Commonwealth and Monroe Avenues in Del Ray, he said.

“We’re extremely busy with calls right now. Everybody’s out on incidents right now,” Hricik said. “There are multiple reports of basements flooding in the northeast area of Alexandria and some in the southwest.”

Alexandria is under a Flood Warning as well as a Flash Flood Watch and an earlier Severe Thunderstorm Warning tonight.

Heavy rain from a line of strong storms is currently causing flooding in the city, according to the National Weather Service.

A trained spotter has reported knee high water and and an impassable street at the intersection of Mt. Vernon Avenue and E. Maple Street, a few blocks from the Braddock Road Metro station.

Flooding has also been reported around the King Street Metro station, and water rescues are being conducted “in many locations,” according to Mayor Justin Wilson.

More on the warnings from NWS:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WARNING…

* UNTIL 230 AM EDT FRIDAY.

* AT 826 PM EDT, DOPPLER RADAR AND INDICATED THUNDERSTORMS WITH HEAVY RAIN OVER THE AREA AND CONTINUE TO DEVELOP. THE RAIN WILL CAUSE FLOODING. UP TO AN INCH AND A HALF OF RAIN HAS ALREADY FALLEN. ADDITIONAL RAINFALL OF ONE TO TWO INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE… ARLINGTON, ALEXANDRIA, CENTREVILLE, DALE CITY, RESTON, ANNANDALE, SPRINGFIELD, FAIRFAX, FORT HUNT, VIENNA, GROVETON, FALLS CHURCH, HUNTINGTON, MANTUA, FORT BELVOIR, PIMMIT HILLS, WOODBRIDGE, QUANTICO, LAKE RIDGE AND BURKE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS. MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN VEHICLES.

BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGERS OF FLOODING.

A FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS IMMEDIATELY.

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Alexandria is under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning, as a strong storm bears down on the area.

From the National Weather Service:

PRINCE GEORGES MD-CHARLES MD-FAIRFAX VA-CITY OF ALEXANDRIA VA-
811 PM EDT MON JUL 20 2020

…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 845 PM EDT FOR SOUTHWESTERN PRINCE GEORGES…NORTH CENTRAL CHARLES…AND SOUTHEASTERN FAIRFAX COUNTIES AND THE CITY OF ALEXANDRIA…

AT 811 PM EDT, A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER LINCOLNIA, OR OVER SPRINGFIELD, MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 20 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

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…
ALEXANDRIA, WALDORF, ANNANDALE, CLINTON, SPRINGFIELD, FORT WASHINGTON, FORT HUNT, GROVETON, FORESTVILLE, HUNTINGTON, LA PLATA, MANTUA, FORT BELVOIR, NATIONAL HARBOR, ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, BURKE, LINCOLNIA, CAMP SPRINGS, FRANCONIA AND OXON HILL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY. LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURE’S LEADING KILLERS. REMEMBER, IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER, YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

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