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D.C. braces for second night of storms after deadly lightning incident

A flood watch is in effect from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday for the Washington region. Storms were more numerous and longer-lived than expected in Washington. The Weather Service received about 140 reports of severe weather over the greater region. One particularly intense microburst caused tree damage around Alexandria and Landmark. This same storm unleashed a gust of 58 mph at Reagan National Airport. While hazardous, the storms produced some stunning scenes across the skies. A number of readers captured views of lightning strikes and rainbows simultaneously and, in the storm’s wake, beautiful mammatus clouds. These clouds feature pouch-like appendages that sometimes hang beneath the anvil of intense thunderstorms. Below are some examples.