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Occoquan, by Rick Musselman

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and eastern Prince William County after a destructive line of thunderstorms Saturday evening.

One to three inches of rain fell in the storms, which were accompanied by tornado warnings, fires caused by lightning strikes, a reported tornado in Triangle, flooded roads and funnel cloud sightings in Stafford and Spotsylvania.

The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado on Doppler radar in Triangle at 8:34 p.m. moving east toward Charles County. There were no reports that the tornado touched down.

Elsewhere, residents reported trees down and broken power lines on roads in central and eastern Fairfax and Prince William counties, and high water on many roads. Dominion Virginia Power reported more than 42,000 customers without power at the height of the storms. 

A lightning strike is believed to have started a fire in the four-story Harbor View condos on Belmont Bay in Woodbridge. There were no reported injuries. Fire crews were working several more reports of lightning strikes to homes in Prince William on Saturday evening. There were also house fires due to lightning strikes in Heritage Hunt in Gainesville and Mohican Road in Lake Ridge.

The flash flood warning is in effect through 5:30 a.m. Sunday. The weather service said rivers, creeks and streams in the warned area were continuing to rise late Saturday.

Fairfax County officials warned residents in the Huntington area to be ready for potential street flooding from heavy rains and asked residents to move cars to higher ground.

Stay with for updates.


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