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D.C. Area Storms Causing Delays On Metro And MTA Trains

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A power outage caused by fallen trees is snarling train traffic between Union Station and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Maryland Transit Administration spokesman Terry Owens said MTA trains were being held Friday evening at Union Station as crews work to restore electricity.

The outage occurred after trees fell on power lines in the area of New York Avenue in the District of Columbia around 5 p.m.

An Amtrak spokesman says crews are working to reopen at least one track, but he didn’t know many trains were being affected.

The District’s emergency operations center has not been officially activated, though officials are monitoring for damage caused by heavy winds and rains.

Metro’s Orange Line was also experiencing heavy delays after high winds downed trees onto the tracks near Cheverly.

Full storm coverage is available on the CBS DC weather page.

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