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TIMELINE: Localized flooding & severe weather in the DMV today

The biggest threat will be flooding and damaging winds.

WASHINGTON — A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued across the area until 9 p.m. The biggest threat as storms continue to develop will be locally damaging wind and hail.

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Flooding is also a big concern as storms produce heavy rain.  The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for parts of the DMV.  

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Showers and storms have already started to fire across parts of the DMV and will continue into the late evening hours. Any rain looks fairly scattered from now until around 7 pm or so when it then becomes widespread. 

The best chance for any strong storms appears to be during the afternoon and early evening when the atmosphere is the most unstable. Later tonight the severe weather threat will dissipate but the flood threat remains until around midnight.

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Here is the timeline:
Wednesday: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. - Partly cloudy and warm, isolated storms.

Wednesday: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. A few showers and storms begin to pop up. Showers and storms are scattered.  Some areas will notice more clouds, while others get storms.

Wednesday: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - More showers and storms move in.  Some storms will have gusty winds and heavy downpours.

Wednesday: 9 p.m. - 11 p.m.  Numerous showers and storms move into the area.  At this point most people are getting rain or a storm.  Gusty winds, hail, and heavy rain are possible.  

Wednesday 11 p.m. - 1 a.m. Showers and storms with heavy rain at times. Gusty winds are possible. After midnight, storms will gradually diminish, but showers will stick around.

Thursday: Showers ending before noon in most areas.   

4:30 PM Wednesday:

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6:00 PM Wednesday:

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8:00 PM Wednesday:

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10:00 PM Wednesday:

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11:30 PM Wednesday:

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