UPDATE - 3:26 p.m. - The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for Northern Prince George's County in effect until 3:45 p.m.
At 3:16 p.m., NWS officials spotted a severe thunderstorm near Takoma Park. The storm was moving northeast at 45 mph, and could be capable of producing tornados. Locations which could be impacted by this storm include Chillum, Beltsville and Fairland.
NWS officials are warning residents to take cover inside an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy buildings. If outdoors, take cover under the nearest shelter.
Original article below:
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning and a flash flood warning for northwestern Prince George's County and surrounding parts of the Washington metro area.
According to the NWS, the storm moving through the region today could bring very heavy rain—as much as 2 inches per hour. These volumes could cause water to pond on local roads and overwhelm streams and rivers, causing flash flooding in low-lying areas.
The storm could also bring powerful winds with gusts in excess of 60 mph. The NWS said that very little lightning would accompany the storm.
The flash flood warning is in effect until 5:45 p.m. The severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 4:15 p.m.
Prince George's officials, in messages sent out over the county's emergency alert system, advised residents to take cover inside a sturdy building and stay away from windows. Motorists are also advised to avoid areas of ponding water in their travels.