The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for most of Montgomery County including Bethesda until 4:30 p.m. as an expected strong storm system moves into the area.
Strong winds are expected. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services is asking people to secure or house trash cans, patio furniture and other outdoor items that could become projectiles in high winds.
A Tornado Warning for northwestern Montgomery County is in effect until 4 p.m.
From the NWS:
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR... THE DIS MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND... CITY OF FAIRFAX IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA... CITY OF FALLS CHURCH IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA... ARLINGTON COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA... CITY OF ALEXANDRIA IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA... WESTERN PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND... SOUTHERN HOWARD COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND... EASTERN LOUDOUN COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA... NORTHERN FAIRFAX COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA... * UNTIL 430 PM EDT * AT 323 PM EDT...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE DETECTED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 5 MILES NORTHWEST OF POOLESVILLE TO SOUTH RIDING... AND WERE MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH. THIS LINE OF STORMS IS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DESTRUCTIVE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 70 MPH. * LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... ROCKVILLE... THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA... RESTON... HERNDON... GERMANTOWN... MONTGOMERY VILLAGE... NORTH POTOMAC... GAITHERSBURG...