Storm Leaves Damage, Thousands Without Power
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UPDATED: July 3, 2014 11:00 p.m.
LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Thousands in D.C., Maryland and Virginia are without power as a damaging thunderstorm rolled through the area Thursday night.
As of 7 a.m. Friday, Pepco is reporting about 5,00 without power, mostly in Montgomery County. Dominion is reporting about 340 customers are in the dark in Northern Virginia.
BGE is reporting about 520 customers without power, mainly in Baltimore County.
Roughly 5,860 customers in total are without power in the area.
Crews continue to assess damage and restore power as quickly and safely as possible. Estimated restoration times are not yet available.—
Pepco (@PepcoConnect) July 04, 2014
The National Weather Service for the D.C.-Baltimore area reported that the storm was very dangerous with large hail and damaging winds.
A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for most of the area until 2 a.m. Friday.
Part of an apartment building roof, The Enclave, in College Park blew off during the storm and landed on Route 1, closing both spans of Route 1 between Greenbelt Road and Berwyn Road through late Thursday night.
Image from scene on Rt 1 in College Park http://t.co/67TEqFHkVB—
Mark Brady (@PGFDPIO) July 03, 2014
The clouds looked threatening as the severe thunderstorm started to rumble through the area.
(@JimMacKayWNEW) July 03, 2014
With heavy rains pounding the roads, flash flooding became an issue in most areas. Two lanes are blocked due to standing water and a downed tree on 295 North between the 11th Street Bridge and Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue.
Caught this on small frontage road off Middlebrook near Fox Chapel shopping Ctr in Germantown. Crews just arriving. http://t.co/wJVRgSaKSH—
Amy Morris (@amorrisWNEW) July 03, 2014
Trees and power lines came crashing down across major roads and highways, causing several closures across the area.
Southbound lanes of the George Washington Parkway was closed for several hours between Key Bridge and Route 123 around 5 p.m. due to downed trees. C Street East between Massachusetts Avenue and 19th Street is blocked due to fallen tree.
The left lane is blocked on the Inner Loop of I-695 Inner at Exit 15 due to a sinkhole repair and investigation of roadway.
Klingel Street at Foxhall Road, Northwest was also closed for several hours due to a downed tree and power line.
Uprooted tree 4500 block Klingle St NW http://t.co/EYV1VVgrpO—
Mark Segraves (@SegravesNBC4) July 03, 2014
There were downed wires on Route 198 at Santini Road causing the road to close for several hours, reopening around 11 p.m. Northbound and southbound lanes on Georgia Avenue were closed to through traffic between Veirs Mill Road and University Boulevard due to downed wires, but reopened around 9:20 p.m.
Damaged pole being replaced/repaired on Georgia btwn Veirs Mill and Univ Blvd. Georgia closed both ways here. http://t.co/gEMLQAa0nq—
Montgomery Co Police (@mcpnews) July 04, 2014
Several cars were stuck in high water in need of rescue at Goldsboro Road and Massachusetts Avenue, Montgomery County officials say.
U.S. Capitol Police reported the West Front of the Capitol was evacuated due to the storm. “A Capitol Fourth” dress rehearsal is closed to the general public Thursday night as a result.