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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The entire Washington metro area is under a tornado watch as severe weather continues to batter the mid-Atlantic.

The National Weather Service issued the Tornado Watch at about 2 p.m. Monday for Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland; Arlington, Fauquier, Fairfax, Frederick, Loudoun, Prince William, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties in Virginia; as well as the District of Columbia. The watch is in effect until 10 p.m.

There is also a Flash Flood Watch until 9 p.m. for Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland; Loudoun, Prince William, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties in Virginia; as well as the City of Fairfax in Virginia.

Earlier Monday, a motel in Culpeper was evacuated due to flooding spawned by heavy rains that are soaking the D.C. area.

Media outlets report that about 50 occupants had to leave the Sleepy Hollow Motel early Monday morning. Chest-high water was reported in some rooms.

The American Red Cross opened a shelter at the Culpeper County Volunteer Rescue Squad Co. 11 building. Flooding also was reported at two parks and a tractor supply store.

The town says it received about 5.5 inches of rain since Sunday night.

Heavy rains Sunday night through Monday morning dumped 1 to 3 inches of rain on most of the D.C. area. Additional showers and thunderstorms will keep the rain coming down through Monday night, with an additional 1 to 3 inches possible, according to the National Weather Service.

The additional rain could produce flash flooding of streams and low-lying areas.

A flash flood watch is in effect for the entire D.C. area, with some areas west of the District under a flash flood warning.

In Maryland, the flash flood watch is in effect for Anne Arundel, Calvert, Carroll, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Baltimore, Prince George’s and Saint Mary’s counties. In Virginia, Arlington, Fairfax, King George, Loudoun, Prince William, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties are under the watch, as is the District of Columbia. The flash flood watch expires at midnight Tuesday.

A flash flood warning is in effect for areas of Culpeper and Fauquier counties in Virginia and Montgomery County in Maryland. Rappahannock River at Remington, Rapidan River near Culpeper, and Seneca Creek at Dawsonville are the bodies of water the NWS is monitoring for possible flooding. The flash flood warning expires at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

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