RESTON, Va. (CBSDC) — Saturday’s storms wreaked havoc across the Washington region with strong winds and torrential rains uprooting trees and knocking out power for tens of thousands. Among the hardest hit areas was Reston, Va.
Some motorists braved the 60 mile per hour winds and flash floods that covered the roads in an effort to get home. All the while they were navigating an obstacle course of partially blocked roadways while thunder crashed down from above.
Meteorologist Andy Woodcock of the National Weather Service said tornado-like funnel clouds were reported Saturday afternoon in Chantilly, Va. as well as in Prince George’s County in Maryland.
Residents of South Shore Drive in Reston say their cleanup process was particularly extensive. Trees fell on three cars, smashed in a garage and damaged multiple roofs.
Fairfax County officials reported three homes were damaged by fallen trees.
James Martin, a certified arborist, says effects of the storm were particularly noticeable in this neighborhood because many of the trees were weakened by disease.
He said they use special tools and gauges to help identify disease in trees which you would otherwise not even be able to detect.
It may cost you a few hundred dollars to have the trees in your neighborhood assessed, but that may be far cheaper than having your entire roof replaced.