12:13 PM EDT Severe weather possible later today

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    From the NWS:

    SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
    1213 PM EDT THU MAY 31 2007

    …A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON…

    HOT AND HUMID CONDITIONS HAVE DEVELOPED ACROSS THE REGION TODAY.
    THE AIRMASS HAS BECOME VERY UNSTABLE…ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE
    SHENANDOAH VALLEY…CENTRAL VIRGINIA AND AREAS ADJACENT TO THE
    BLUE RIDGE. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL CONTINUE TO DEVELOP THIS
    AFTERNOON AND A FEW OF THOSE STORMS ARE EXPECTED TO BECOME SEVERE.

    SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ALONG THE HIGHER
    TERRAIN ALONG AND WEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS BETWEEN NOON
    AND 2 PM. ANY THUNDERSTORMS THAT DEVELOP TODAY WILL BE VERY SLOW
    MOVING AND PRODUCE VERY HEAVY RAINFALL IN A FEW LOCATIONS. THE
    MOST LIKELY AREA FOR SEVERE STORMS IS ALONG AND WEST OF A LINE
    FROM NEAR CHARLOTTESVILLE VIRGINIA TO FREDERICK MARYLAND. THE
    STRONGEST ACTIVITY IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN WEST OF THE METROPOLITAN
    AREAS TODAY. THE STRONGEST ACTIVITY WOULD BE EXPECTED BETWEEN 2
    AND 6 PM TODAY. THE PRIMARY RISK FROM ANY SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
    WOULD BE DAMAGING WIND GUSTS.

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