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Heavy rains over portions of area + Tropical Depression

Jason Samenow @ 9:59 AM

A flash flood watch is in effect for Fairfax County and points north and east. A line of heavy showers and storms is affecting a corridor that extends from southern Montgomery county through Baltimore. These are the same areas that got nailed earlier in the week. Rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches an hour are possible early this afternoon in those areas. To the west, it looks to dry out.

**Update: New storms are developing to the south and west which will drop heavy rain later in the afternoon for many areas.

The first tropical depression of the season formed yesterday. It now has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. The depression is trying to get its act together, but it's not that well organized and should not be a huge deal. If it becomes a weak Tropical Storm (pretty good bet), it will be named Alex. It will affect the South Carolina and North Carolina coastline with high surf, gusty winds and heavy rain showers through about Tuesday before turning out to sea. Our area should be spared.

Last and least, here's a follow-up article on the Metro candy bar chewing incident.

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