Heavy rains cause flash-flood warnings

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      A flash flood warning remains in effect until 10:45 p.m. for central Fairfax, Arlington, City of Falls Church, City of Fairfax and City of Alexandria counties.

      In addition, a flash flood warning has been issued for the southeastern part of District Of Columbia and central Prince Georges County. The warning is in effect until 10:30 p.m.

      The National Weather Service recommends to be cautious, especially at night when it is harder to recognize flooding. "If flash flooding is observed act quickly. Move up to higher ground to escape flood waters."

      "Most flood deaths occur in automobiles. Never drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. Flood waters are usually deeper than they appear. Just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road. When encountering flooded roads ... turn around."

      Earlier, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northeastern Stafford County, southeastern Prince William County and western Charles County until 7:45 p.m.

      Severe Thunderstorm Warning was in effect until 8 p.m. for

      the southern District of Columbia,southern Anne Arundel Countycentral Prince Georges CountyCity of AlexandriaCity of FairfaxCity of Falls ChurchArlington CountyCentral Fairfax County