ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia say a large sinkhole has closed the northbound lanes of the George Washington Memorial Parkway near Interstate 495, which encircles Washington, D.C.

National Park Service spokeswoman Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles says the closure is expected to last throughout Friday morning. She says experts were being called in to evaluate the extent of the damage.

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The sinkhole comes after heavy rains hit the area Thursday.

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