Extremely heavy rain swamps Prince George’s County

A Flash flood watch has been issued for all but far southern portions of the area through late tonight. *

As much as 4 to 5 inches of rain inundated parts of north central Prince George’s County this morning, leading to flash flooding.

Rainfall rates – for brief periods – exceeded 2-3 inches per hour.

Here’s a look at doppler indicated rainfall through around 11:45 a.m. – the heaviest rain fell between College Park and Bladensburg:

Doppler radar indicated rainfall through noon (Weather Underground)

Doppler radar indicated rainfall through noon (Weather Underground)

Flooding was reported around College Park where Prince George’s County emergency management responded to several vehicles stranded in high water.

Some flooding pics from College Park and elsewhere in Prince George’s County are below:

Capital Weather Gang reader “Gull” offers his eyewitness account of the flooding:

I was at a meeting this morning in Riverdale when the nearly stationary storm formed over College Park and Hyattsville.  It poured for 90 minutes before drifting east.  This was the result (see pics).  This is Kenilworth Avenue at Sarvis Avenue, just east of the UMD College park campus.

(CWG reader "Gull")

(CWG reader “Gull”)

(CWG reader "Gull")

(CWG reader “Gull”)

Given a very humid airmass overhead, heavy thundershowers are a good possibility this afternoon, and may produce more flooding in the D.C. metro region.

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