APS cancels after-school activities as Flash Flood Watch and Tornado Watch continue
So far, Arlington has dodged the worst of Hurricane Ida’s remnants this afternoon, but the storm system is still having local impacts.
With flash flood watch and tornado watch still in effect, Arlington Public Schools have canceled all afternoon and evening activities on school grounds.
All activities scheduled at Arlington Public Schools or on school grounds for this afternoon and evening are being canceled due to inclement weather including extracurricular activities, track and field, team training, adult education classes, excursions, after-school programs and other Activities. The extended afternoon day program will remain open until 6 p.m. The extended day requires families to pick up students as soon as possible. We will continue to monitor the weather and provide updates as needed.
Early closure also: Covid tests, recreation centers and activities managed by the county.
⚠️ County #COVID19 testing and vaccination sites will close at 4 PM today (Sept 1) for anticipated inclement weather. Walk-ins will not be accepted after 3:40 PM. Persons with appointments will be contacted to reschedule.
Thanks for your flexibility and stay safe!
— Ready Arlington 😷 (@ReadyArlington) September 1, 2021
ALERT: Parks and Recreation will close their centers and cancel their activities starting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 1 due to the impending storm.#arlingtonva
– Parks and leisure ARL VA (@arlparksrec) September 1, 2021
Arlington is in an area identified as a tornado risk, but the strong storms were mostly concentrated in Maryland, near the bay. A tornado has ravaged Annapolis and neighboring communities in the past hour, causing damage.
The SPC shows that DC Metro and Eastern Spikes pose the greatest threat from tornadoes in the next few hours. pic.twitter.com/iZgfpx8gXp
– Washingtonian Weather Geeks (@WashingtonianWx) September 1, 2021
– MarylandBlueCrab (@MarylandBluCrab) September 1, 2021
Arlington experienced heavy rain this afternoon, which, after downpours that accompanied a severe storm overnight, caused some local waterways to swell. No major flooding has been reported in the department.
– Canon Circumlocuxon (@ rcannon100) September 1, 2021
Periods of rain showers are expected to continue into the evening, before ending early Thursday morning. Additional storms are also possible around dinner time.
Models may have one last turn to look around between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. for tornado risk, but things should gradually become calmer throughout the evening with lighter rains ending around midnight. Hang in there guys !! We are doing it. Stay safe pic.twitter.com/CGIfZprmDs
– Mike Thomas (@ MikeTFox5) September 1, 2021