Severe Storms Possible Monday, August 7th

August 7, 2023

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has issued a Moderate Risk (level 4 of 5) of severe weather for Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas this afternoon and evening.

Timing: Severe storms are expected between 4:00 – 8:00 PM on the Foggy Bottom, Mount Vernon, and Ashburn Campuses.


  • There is a high likelihood of widespread damaging winds, some hurricane-force (>74 MPH)
  • Tornadoes are possible with the potential for an isolated significant tornado (EF2+)
  • Large hail


  • Widespread tree and powerline damage
  • Isolated structural damage
  • Potential for long-term power outages
  • Blocked roadways

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions:

  • Check the forecast before venturing out from a reliable source such as Driving could become dangerous due to downed trees and heavy rain.
  • Have a method to receive weather alerts and warnings.
  • When you hear thunder, seek shelter indoors in a sturdy building or structure.
  • While sheltering indoors, go to an interior room on the lowest floor of the building and stay away from windows and doors.
  • Prepare for power outages by gathering flash lights and spare batteries.
  • Stay away from downed power lines.
  • Never drive through standing water or flooded roadways. You risk your life and the lives of first responders. Turn around, don’t drown saves lives.