Severe Storms Soak Area

Thousands without power in D.C. area

Monday, Sep 10, 2012  |  Updated 8:00 AM EDT
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Severe storms ripped through the region Saturday afternoon.  Darcy Spencer has a look at the damage the strong winds and heavy rains caused around the region

Severe storms ripped through the region Saturday afternoon. Darcy Spencer has a look at the damage the strong winds and heavy rains caused around the region

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Storm Causes Damage in District, Va.

Severe storms and possible tornadoes tore through the region Saturday afternoon. Derrick Ward has a look at the damage done in DC and parts of Northern Virginia
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Thousands were left without power Saturday across the D.C. region as a low pressure system brought showers, and thunderstorms, and tornado-friendly conditions.

However, there was no confirmed tornado touchdown.

Fairfax officials reported three home cave-ins because of downed trees, a water rescue in the Potomac River, and dozens of down electrical wires, Dan Schmidt, a fire department spokesman, told the Associated Press.

Fairfax County Police reported 23 road closures across the county and multiple downed power lines. George Mason University reported a power failure at their Fairfax campus shortly before 5 p.m. Service was restored over an hour later. County fire officials say that only minor injuries have been reported.

Viewer Robert Mann sent in video of the storm as it rolled through Adams Morgan. 

Elsewhere in the region, 12 people were injured while trying to evacuate the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, which was hosting the Prince George's County Fair. News4's Darcy Spencer reported that four of the injured were hospitalized. The Associated Press reported that none of the injuries were life-threatening.

In the District of Coulmbia there were reports of about 10 downed trees, including one that came down on a Southeast apartment building undergoing construction, Christopher Geldart, the district's emergency management director, told the Associated Press. Six people had to be evacuated from the building. There were no reports of major flooding, Geldart said.

The weather also scattered music fans at the 22nd annual Rosslyn Jazz Festival, which was in full swing when the storm hit. Between 400-500 people were evacuated, and one person suffered minor injuries when the stage collapsed.

At the height of the storm, nearly 200,000 customers of the area's three major utilities were without service. Alexandria was the hardest hit in Virginia, with 34,000 households without power at one point.

As of 1:15 p.m. Sunday, PEPCO reported that 2,462 customers had lost power in the District, Montgomery County, and Prince George's County. The utility says that it hopes to have all of its customers back online by Sunday evening.

Dominion Power reported that 4,127 customers in Northern Virginia were without power as of Sunday afternoon. Dominion had brought in crews from the Richmond area to help restore power.

Baltimore Gas & Electric reported 689 customers were without power, mostly in Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties.

To report an outage, call 1-877-778-2222 to reach BG&E, 1-877-737-2662 to reach PEPCO, and 1-866-366-4357 to reach Dominion.

*Correction: There was no confirmed tornado touchdown.

You can keep up with the forecast by following Chuck Bell on Twitter @ChuckBell4. Also, stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for all the latest alerts.

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