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Heavy rains prompt flood warnings in DC area

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Heavy rains have snarled traffic and brought flood warnings as Tropical Storm Andrea approaches the mid-Atlantic region.

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The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 8 p.m. Friday for Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties in Maryland.

The Weather Service has also issued a flash flood warning for Cecil County and parts of Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties. Transportation officials around the region reported accidents and lane closures due to standing water.

The Maryland Transportation Authority is warning of possible Bay Bridge delays Friday because weather conditions will prevent two-way traffic on the westbound span.

Heavy rain has forced the Virginia Department of Transportation to cancel a series of weekend closures on the HOV lanes on Interstates 95 and 395.

VDOT had planned to close the lanes overnight Friday and Saturday on their entire length, from the D.C. line to Dumfries in southern Prince William County.

Similar closures have been in place in recent weekends to allow for work on the 95 Express Lanes project.

But the work is always subject to weather postponement, and rains Friday caused VDOT to postpone the closures for the entire weekend.

Virginia State Police said they were not planning extra patrols as a result of the storm and reported no fatal storm-related accidents in northern Virginia. One minor accident early Friday on the Capital Beltway near Alexandria occurred when a car struck a VDOT truck that was pumping water off the road.

One fatal wreck in southwest Virginia was attributed to the storm.


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