Update, 5:15 p.m.: A flash flood warning has been issued for Montgomery through 7 p.m., ABC7 reports.
Update, 5 p.m. The severe thunderstorm warning for Montgomery County has been extended through 6 p.m., WTOP reports.
Update, 4:45 p.m.: Montgomery County is under a severe thunderstorm warning until 5:15 p.m., ABC7 reports.
Original post: The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Montgomery County at 3 p.m. and skies in Bethesda are already turning ominous.
In advance of the potential storms, Pepco released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
Pepco is monitoring forecasts that call for possible severe thunderstorms this afternoon and into tonight. The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch that will be in effect until 9:00 p.m. Some of the storms may produce wind gusts, large hail and flash flooding.
High winds can bring tree limbs into contact with power lines causing power outages. The winds can also adversely affect trees in saturated soil and trees weakened by previous storms causing them to fall onto power lines and equipment producing power outages.
In anticipation of severe thunderstorms, Pepco has scheduled additional line personnel, and Call Center personnel to work overnight. Pepco will continue to monitor the weather and customer outage activity and adjust its resource plans accordingly through Thursday.
Customers of the utility service provider can follow @PepcoConnect on Twitter for instant updates.
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