A severe thunderstorm warning and tornado watch has been issued for Washington as a wave of powerful storms crashes across the mid-Atlantic states.
Washington, Baltimore and parts of Virginia and Maryland may be hit by winds as high as 60 miles (97 kilometers) per hour and as much as 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain, according to the National Weather Service in Sterling, Virginia.
A Maryland law enforcement officer reported a funnel cloud near Damascus, Maryland, northwest of Washington, the agency said. No damage was reported.
“This is a dangerous storm,” the Weather Service said. “If you are in its path, prepare immediately for damaging wind gusts and frequent cloud-to-ground lightning. Move indoors to a sturdy building and stay away from windows.”
A tornado watch, meaning the storms may develop, has been issued from Pennsylvania to North Carolina and Weather Service radar was tracking potential twisters in Maryland and Virginia as of 3:50 p.m. East Coast time. Washington is under a watch until 9 p.m.
Flash flood warnings have also been issued for the Washington-Baltimore area until midnight. Water was reported to be halfway up car tires on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, according to the Weather Service.
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