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Heavy Rains Bring Flooding, Hinder Morning Commute

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A repair truck passes a flooded street as Sandy approached landfall.  (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

A repair truck passes a flooded street as Sandy approached landfall. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Heavy rains closed some roads and downed trees in the Washington area overnight.

The National Weather Service says two to four inches of rain fell in some areas of the greater Washington D.C. area and more showers and chances of thunderstorms are possible Friday in the already saturated region. Flash flood watches and flood warnings are in effect for much of the area.

The weather service has issued a flash flood watch through Friday evening for Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland; Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Fauquier counties in Virginia; as well as the District of Columbia.

Fairfax County fire crews were called to a swift water rescue in Alexandria after a vehicle stalled near Newington and Telegraph roads early Friday. The Fairfax County Connector suspended all south county service after flooding trapped buses in the garage.

In Montgomery County, standing water closed the ramp from River Road to the Capital Beltway until crews were able to clear debris from a storm drain.

Most of the heavy rain passed through the area overnight Thursday and early Friday, but light showers and scattered thunderstorms are expected Friday afternoon, meaning additional rain is possible, according to the weather service.

Streams and other waterways have flooded because of the rain and several roads around the area are closed due to high water.

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