Calm Returns After Storms

Severe weather caused flooding, structure damage, flight delays

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Watch Kim Martucci's daytime forecast for Saturday, June 2, 2012.

    Calm weather will return to the D.C. area this weekend after an afternoon and evening of severe weather caused flooding, power outages, damage to homes and businesses, and a dramatic rescue in Prince George's County.

    Beginning early Friday afternoon, severe storms rolled through the D.C. area, Maryland, and Virginia. In some places, tornado watches and warnings were instituted by the National Weather Service and funnel clouds were observed, though there were no confirmed reports of a tornado touching down in the area. The last tornado watch for the area did not expire until 2 a.m. Saturday.

    Dramatic Rescue In Pr. George's Co.

    [DC] Dramatic Rescue In Pr. George's Co.
    News4's Shomari Stone reports as rescue personnel save three teens from the rising waters in Mount Rainier.

    Commuters and other travelers were affected as well. Metro Orange Line service was briefly halted due to downed trees between the Deanwood and Cheverly stations. A loss of signal power prevented MARC trains from leaving Union Station for most of the Friday evening rush hour, while service on Amtrak trains was interrupted throughout the day.

    The situation was no better at any of the three area airports. At one point during the afternoon, all departures were halted. When flights finally resumed, some customers reported flight delays of up to three-and-a-half hours. Well past midnight Saturday, traffic at BWI's departure gate was backed up on to Interstate 195 as people tried to drop off or pick up friends and relatives from delayed or canceled flights. 

    Drivers Stranded in High Water

    [DC] Drivers Stranded in High Water
    In Northeast Washington, two drivers found out how dangerous rising water can be. News4's Pat Collins spoke with one man who had to swim to safety.

    As of 9:30 a.m. Saturday, PEPCO reported 349 customers without power, mostly in the District of Columbia.  Dominion Power reported that 5,800 customers were without power, but these outages were mostly concentrated in the Richmond area and the southeast portion of the Commonwealth. Less than 200 customers were without power in Northern Virginia.  Baltimore Gas & Electric reported that 7,239 customers were without power, with 4,800 still in the dark in Baltimore County.

    According to Storm4 meteorologist Kim Martucci, Saturday and Sunday hold the promise of great weather days, with temperatures in the mid-70s, low humidity, and, most importantly, clear skies.

    High Winds in Bel Air

    [DC] High Winds in Bel Air
    Storm4 meteorologist Veronica Johnson reports from Bel Air, Maryland, where homes were damaged by high wind.

     

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