DC region watching out for remaining storms, flooding as humid weather dominates Saturday

The pattern of hot days and stormy evenings in the D.C. area may continue this weekend. Here’s what you need to know.

While we wait to find out if strong thunderstorms coming up Interstate 95 from Spotsylvania County, Virignia,  keep their momentum  — and their power — Saturday night could still see heavy rains and another chance at area flooding.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, there was a wide system of light to moderate rain with a few intense thunderstorm pockets down in Spotsylvania County and the town of Bowling Green that could cause trouble coming up the road.

Any storms that do pop up this evening will likely be abrupt and pack a punch.

What we do know is tonight will be mostly cloudy, dipping into the lower 70s and a handful of scattered showers.

Saturday afternoon was mostly sunny with a few scattered showers and thunderstorms around the D.C. region. Highs were in the 90s, but the heat index from all the area’s accumulated humidity got near 100 degrees.

The District’s Heat Emergency Plan activated at 1 p.m. to open cooling centers for residents. A map of cooling centers is available online.

If heavy rains return Saturday night, some areas will have an increased possibility of flooding.

Though the National Weather Service had issued a flood watch for the area west of D.C. around the I-81 corridor until 8 p.m. on Saturday, it was cancelled early evening.

Storm Team4 meteorologists report that there’s a chance of isolated afternoon storms or showers on Sunday and Monday.

The heat and humidity continue on Sunday but it will be slightly hotter on Monday.

Storm recovery efforts continues

Thousands remained without power across D.C., Maryland and Virginia on Friday as another round of strong storms swept through the region.

That storm brought roughly an inch of rain to the region, according to measurements taken at Reagan National and BWI Marshall airports.

D.C. Fire and EMS also reported some downed trees and a water rescue — several unoccupied vehicles remained stranded in high water overnight.

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Meteorologist Chuck Bell told WTOP that flooding persisted along some vulnerable roadways and low lying areas that were still dealing with Thursday’s deadly severe weather

Meanwhile, BGE said late Saturday afternoon that they have restored electricity to about 98% of its Maryland customers who lost power during strong storms Thursday and Friday nights. They said around 2,500 customers remain without power.

Officials said that three people were killed after a severe storm brought lightning to Lafayette Square, just a short walk away from the White House. Another person is in critical condition, according to U.S. Park Police spokesperson Lt. James Dingeldein.

Meanwhile, miles away, another storm brought a tornadic waterspout to land at Smith Island, Maryland, a chain of islands with roughly 200 residents. Officials said the potential tornado damaged 17 homes and caused some substantial power loss.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan called the storm “another reminder of how smaller storms can turn into severe and damaging weather events.”

“Just spoke to Somerset County Sheriff Ron Howard regarding the situation on Smith Island following last night’s storm,” Hogan said. “Damage assessment teams are on the ground. We’ve offered him the full resources of the state to assist with the response”

While a fundraiser is underway to help alleviate the financial burden of the severe storm — it has raised more than $70,000 since it started — the problems of gaining resources and restoring power persist.

“Most everything and everyone that comes to Smith Island arrives by boat,” according to the Smith Island Center.

Forecast:

Saturday: Mostly to partly cloudy. Slight chance of stray morning shower. Showers/storms later in the day. Temps: Around 90. Heat Index: Near 100.

Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, sticky. Temps: 70s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, warm and humid. Isolated storms later in the day. Highs mid 80s to low 90s.

Monday: Mostly sunny with isolated storm possible. Temps: Low to Mid 90s. Heat Index: Lower 100s.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Small chance of a storm. Temps: Low to Mid 90s. Heat Index: Lower 100s.

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