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Thunderstorms and flash floods were a prominent feature of Friday evening’s forecast. That isn’t likely to change over the weekend. Here’s what you need to know.

The National Weather Service said it is expecting an increasing chance of flooding through Saturday with “unsettled conditions” continuing for the entire weekend.

“Expect warm and humid weather each day with daily chances for showers and thunderstorms,” NWS predicted.

Storm Team4 meteorologist Steve Prinzivalli said that residents should prepare for another round of rain in the hours after noon over the weekend.

“We expect another round of showers and storms in the afternoon and evening storms; any storms could be severe with gusty winds and downpours,” Prinzivalli said. “The second half of the weekend will be partly cloudy, sizzling and muggy with highs in the lower 90s and heat indices (over) 100.”

The heavy storms we’ve experienced over the weekend should let up slightly on Sunday and Monday, according to our weather gurus at Storm Team4.

Some isolated showers could make for a wet afternoon and evening on both days.

Storm recovery efforts continues

Friday, thousands remained without power across D.C., Maryland and Virginia as another round of strong storms swept through the region.

That storm brought roughly an inch of rain to the region, according to measurements taken at Reagan National and BWI Marshall airports.

D.C. Fire and EMS also reported some downed trees and a water rescue — several unoccupied vehicles remained stranded in high water overnight.

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Storm Team4 meteorologist Chuck Bell told WTOP that flooding persisted along some vulnerable roadways and low lying areas that were still dealing with Thursday’s deadly severe weather

Officials said that three people were killed after a severe storm brought lightning to Lafayette Square, just a short walk away from the White House. Another person is in critical condition, according to U.S. Park Police spokesperson Lt. James Dingeldein.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre commented on the loss.

“We are saddened by the tragic loss of life after the lightning strike in Lafayette Park,” she said. “Our hearts are with the families who lost loved ones, and we are praying for those still fighting for their lives.”

Meanwhile, miles away, another storm brought a tornadic water spout to land at Smith Island, Maryland, a chain of islands with roughly 200 residents. Officials said the potential tornado damaged 17 homes and caused some substantial power loss.

Governor Larry Hogan called the storm “another reminder of how smaller storms can turn into severe and damaging weather events.”

“Just spoke to Somerset County Sheriff Ron Howard regarding the situation on Smith Island following last night’s storm,” Hogan said. “Damage assessment teams are on the ground. We’ve offered him the full resources of the state to assist with the response”

While a fundraiser is underway to help alleviate the financial burden of the severe storm — it has raised more than $50,000 since it started — the problems of gaining resources and restoring power persist.

“Most everything and everyone that comes to Smith Island arrives by boat,” according to the Smith Island Center.


FRIDAY NIGHT: Evening storms likely. Drying out after midnight. Fog in rural areas. Wind: southwest 5-10 mph. Lows in the upper 60s to mid 70s.

SATURDAY: Becoming mostly cloudy. Humid. Rain and thunderstorms are likely. Heavy rain possible. Highs mid 80s to low 90s.

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy, warm and humid. Isolated storms later in the day. Highs mid 80s to low 90s.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy, humid. Heat index near 100. Scattered storms later in the day. Wind: Southwest 5-15 mph. Highs mid 80s to low 90s.

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(Listed in alphabetical order)

Zachary Acton, Homestead, 5-9, 175, senior

If a play goes to Acton’s side of the field, he’s probably going to make it. He put up 166 tackles and 13 tackles for loss, and had 20 hurries as a pass rusher. He predictably was named to the all-Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division team at the end of his junior season and was named to last season’s all-Bay Area News Group team.

Marley Alapati, De La Salle, 5-11, 200, junior

Alapati was named to the all-East Bay Athletic League Mountain Division first team and put up 46 tackles and two sacks. Should be one of many standouts for perennial power De La Salle.

Keith Brown, College Park, 5-10, 210, senior

There aren’t many, if any, more prolific pass rushers than Brown in the Bay Area. In eight games played, Brown took down the quarterback 10 different times and tackled other ball carriers behind the line on 12 occasions. Brown also made the most of his time in the backfield by forcing four fumbles in 2021.

Brandon Broch, Bellermine, 6-1, 185, senior

The all-West Catholic Athletic League first-team player totaled 109 tackles and 10.5 for loss, leading the team in tackles. The two-star recruit is also a 3.68 GPA student in the classroom, and his coach Jalal Beauchman said “we believe he was one of (if not) the best LBs in the CCS last season.”

Luchi Casale, Los Gatos, 6-3, 220, senior

The all-League selection for the Cats put up 80 tackles, five of them for loss, in a do-everything junior season. He also had a whopping 31 hurries, which helped propel him to a three-star ranking before what should be a big senior season.

Drew Cunningham, De La Salle, 6-3, 215, junior

Cunningham could break out this year for the Spartans. He had 18 tackles in limited action last season. Rated a three-star by 247Sports.

Sinisa Finau, Alameda, 6-1, 230, junior

Finau dominated for Alameda last season, earning all-league honors despite it being his first year playing the sport. When Finau isn’t blocking defenders on the offensive line, his coach said he will play linebacker and that “he has added size and strength this past offseason.”

Amir Gobar, McClymonds, 6-0, 210, junior

McClymonds had another dominant state-championship winning season, thanks in part to the work of its spectacular defense. One of the stars from that unit was Gobar, who has the size to mix it up in the trenches and the speed to fly sideline-to-sideline. He was named to the all-Bay Area News Group team last season.

Aaron Leung, Encinal, 5-7, 155, senior

There are certainly larger players in the Bay Area, but there are few players as productive as Encinal’s senior. Leung had 88 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles while playing as a safety-linebacker hybrid for a 9-2 Jets team that finished first in the MVAL/WACC Mission Division.

RL Miller, Sacred Heart Cathedral, 6-2, 185, senior

Arizona State commit has one more year to frustrate offenses as Sacred Heart aims to continue to the momentum after capturing a state title last season. Miller was named to the all-WCAL team after a big junior year.

Jerry Mixon, Sacred Heart Cathedral, 6-3, 220, senior

Three-star prospect with offers from Oregon, Cal, Arizona State, UCLA and others has the athleticism and smarts teams look for, and that ability made him an all-West Catholic Athletic League selection last season. Also a prolific ball carrier for Sacred Heart, and is one of the more versatile players in the Bay Area.

Shay O’Kelly, Sacred Heart Prep, 6-1, 210, senior

O’Kelly took down everything that moved last season to the tune of 191 tackles, 132 of them solo. He’s ranked as a two-star recruit by 247Sports and was an all-Bay Area News Group selection last season.

Aaron Parra, Live Oak, 5-9, 200, senior

If there’s an aspect of the game where Aaron Parra can make his presence felt, he will find his way there. The 5-9 senior had 82 tackles, one sack, an interception, and chipped in a couple of fumble recoveries for the Acorns in 2021.

Mateo Poso, Branham, 6-1, 215, senior

Branham’s terror lived behind the line of scrimmage last season, totaling an absurd 17 TFLs.  He also got after the passer, notching 5.5 sacks and causing two fumbles. One coach in the Blossom Valley Athletic League called Poso the league’s best player.

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Quinton Toga’i, Overfelt, 6-1, 230, senior

When Toga’I wasn’t running for 1,600 yards at Overfelt, he was wrecking offensive game plans as a do-everything linebacker. His league’s player of the year last season, he has the size to rush the passer and the necessary speed to cover players in space.

Andres Viernes, Mt. Eden, 5-9, 225, senior

Viernes received his first offer from Puget Sound in June, and the senior may be getting many more after he finishes what should be a solid senior season. He had 97 tackles and an interception while also playing at guard for Mt. Eden.

Frank Ward, Terra Nova, 6-4, 230, senior

Terra Nova’s leader had 109 tackles and three sacks last year and had two forced fumbles as well.  The two-star prospect also plays end and punter and has a 3.81 GPA heading into his senior year.

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