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D.C. and Virginia counties hit hard by consistent afternoon rain

A spring storm has led to high-water warnings in parts of Northern Virginia.

One to two inches of rain has fallen along and just west of the Interstate 95 corridor, with the heaviest amounts in eastern Fairfax and central Prince William counties.

In Woodley Park, WNEW’s Kris Ankarlo tweeted photos of a fallen tree on 29th Street. The tree crushed three cars and is completely blocking traffic.

Shortly after 3 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a flood warning in eastern Fairfax County. The warning lasts until 7 p.m. The NWS said up to two inches of rain fell between Burke and Springfield and warned of flooding of low-lying areas near streams.

County officials also predicted minor street flooding in the Huntington and BelleView/New Alexandria areas of Fairfax County. Residents living in those areas are encouraged to move vehicles to higher elevations as a safety measure.

Prince William County officials are also asking residents to use caution if traveling in high-water areas. Threatened areas include Purcell and Kahns, Purcell and Rocky Brooke, Aden and Parkgate, Fleetwood drive and Brentsville road.

Rain is expected to continue through the evening commute, tapering off between 10 p.m. and midnight. The rain may be heavy at times, but probably not quite as intense as earlier this afternoon and this morning.

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