The remnants of Hurricane Jeanne swept into the Washington, D.C., area today, bringing heavy rains, flash flood warnings and widespread tornado watches affecting the District, Virginia and Maryland.
In its latest advisory, the National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings for Montgomery County, Md., and Fairfax County and the city of Fairfax in Northern Virginia until 9 p.m. Eastern time. Earlier, the service declared a flash flood warning for Loudoun County, Va., until 8:15 p.m.
The weather service said more than 3 inches of rain had fallen by about 5 p.m. in parts of Fairfax County and that another inch or two of rainfall was possible through early evening.
At least one death was reported in the state: that of a southwestern Virginia woman whose mobile home was hit by a flash flood.
By 5 p.m., the remnants of Jeanne were centered about 10 miles west of Washington, D.C. The system was producing maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and moving northeast about 29 mph, the weather service reported.
It said isolated tornadoes were possible this evening over parts of Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Watches for floods and flash floods extended up the Eastern Seaboard from Virginia to Massachusetts.
As the system, now a tropical depression, pushed into the Washington area from the south, the National Weather Service declared tornado watches this afternoon for the capital and surrounding jurisdictions until 9 p.m.
Emergency management officials in Loudoun County reported that many roads were flooded and that Route 50 was closed between Aldie and Middleburg. In the town of Purcellville, part of Main Street was closed by the flooding. The weather service predicted an additional one to two inches of rainfall in the area before early evening, when the rain was expected to taper off.
The service warned that several creeks in the county were expected to overflow and cautioned motorists not to try crossing bridges or low spots covered by water.
Loudoun canceled all after-school activities because of the potential for flooding, as did neighboring Fauquier County.
Among the places affected by the tornado watches were the Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William and the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church and Manassas. In Maryland, tornado watches were also in effect until 9 p.m. for Montgomery and Prince George's counties, the city of Baltimore and a number of other jurisdictions across the state.
Before its arrival in the Washington area, Jeanne's remnants left flooding and wind damage across a swath of the southeastern United States after slamming into Florida early Sunday.
In Patrick County, Va., in the southwestern part of the state, a woman was reported killed this morning when flood waters swept her mobile home off its foundation.
Authorities said rescuers found her body this morning about 75 yards from her mobile home, which had been turned on its side by waters that flooded an adjacent creek about a mile north of the border with North Carolina. The mobile home had about two feet of water inside it, Sheriff David Hubbard said, according to AP.
Jeanne dumped as much as 12 inches of rain in Patrick County, causing widespread flooding throughout the area.
Two Jeanne-related deaths were also reported today in South Carolina, where the storm flooded roads and spawned tornadoes. One man died near Ridgeway, S.C., early today when his mobile home was apparently hit by a tornado, and another man was killed late Monday near Winnsboro, S.C., when his car ran off a rain-slicked road and hit a utility pole, the Associated Press reported.