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The storm reaches the Beltway with destructive wind, hail and raging rain



* Heavy thunderstorm until 9pm: Probably the time for storms is from 6pm to 8pm. in the immediate DC range. The probability of gusting is 60 to 75 mph. *

Prediction after the storms, until Tuesday | A Derecho will happen again someday. Will we be ready?

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8:47 – After crossing the mountains, the storms rapidly increased

Our storm weather expert Jeff Halverson noted that the leading edge of this gust line intensified as soon as the system reached the eastern side of the mountains, where it was very warm and could get wet air. This is how the Derecho 2012 intensified.

We show this in two satellite images, before and after. The darker red areas show where the strongest thunderstorms are.

Over the mountains:

East side of the mountains:

18:35. – The leading edge of the storm has reached the Beltway.

Everyone in the Beltway should now be clean, not only because it's raining, but because this storm has extremely strong gusts of wind that could cause trees and power lines to collapse

A few reports of damage have already been received – trees in Loudoun County near Leesburg and there was a report on a funnel cloud in Ashburn, and that was definitely in the tornado warning.

6:22 pm – This storm has a massive shelf cloud

We get many Photos of the shelf cloud from our northwestern suburbs. (And while we appreciate the reports once the storm starts, please go in and find a spot outside the windows, which will destroy trees, branches, and power lines.)

6:12 pm – Tornado Warning for Reston and the Surrounding Suburbs

A new Tornadowarnung for parts of the counties Loudoun and Fairfax, including Sterling, Reston, Oakton and Great Falls. If you are in one of these areas, please look in a basement or interior without windows. Even if there is no tornado, this part of the storm has dangerously high winds that could cause trees, branches and power lines to collapse.