Flash flood warning issued for Washington metro area

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –A flash flood warning has been issued for the Washington, D.C., metro area until 1:45 p.m. Monday by the National Weather Service.

In one hour, some spots just west of the nation’s capital saw over 3 inches of rain, especially along the Potomac River.

Areas of concern include the Great Falls, Virginia, area and southeastern Montgomery County, Maryland.

Extremely heavy rain continues to fall over much of the area, including the District of Columbia.
Storms are also affecting airports, with traffic heading to Reagan National stopped on the ground. Departure delays by more than one hour have been reported.

Amtrak Spokesman Jason Abrams told CNN that, around 10:20 a.m. Monday morning, six trains, including the Carolinian and Northeast Regional, were stopped “due to flooding/washout conditions” on tracks south of Alexandria, Virginia.

“The affected trains will gradually begin to move as two tracks are being cleared for travel. We did have full power on all six trains during this time and had no reported injuries,” said Abrams. He added that “residual delays” are expected. Amtrak, which will monitor the weather and the tracks, will not run trains “if it is deemed not safe for travel,” he said.

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