Second Round of Severe Storms Moves Through D.C. Region

Severe storms moved through the D.C. area again after violent overnight storms and powerful winds knocked trees onto roads and left thousands of homes in the D.C. area without power.

A tornado warning for parts of Maryland expired at 6 p.m. About 5:30 p.m. a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado near Dunkirk and Upper Marlboro was moving southeast at 20 mph.

A severe weather threat was present for much of the region Thursday, but was moving out of the area by about 8 p.m.

The overnight storms scattered branches and downed trees around the area, and a 78 mph wind gust was recorded at Joint Base Andrews -- a hurricane-force wind.

Winds in other parts of the region powered through at a robust 60-65 mph, and the effects of that wind continue to be seen as Northern Virginia residents are still cleaning up.

"The worst that I've ever seen," said Donna Martin of Alexandria. "...Huge, mature trees that have been here for years and years are just toppled over, and splintered like matchsticks. It's unbelievable."

The Belle View and New Alexandria neighborhoods seem to have taken the worst hit. Trees are everywhere -- on top of trees, on top of cars, on top of houses.

On 10th and Boulevard View, a massive oak tree came crashing down, slicing through the house on the corner. The tree crashed through the bathroom and living room. Fortunately, no one was home at the time.

Residents said the storms didn't last long -- just about 10 to 15 minutes -- but they packed a punch, including hurricane-force winds, lightning and hail.

"It was very, very violent," said resident Linda White. "It was very violent; the house shook; the windows were rattling."

Branches now cover her patio and deck; she was out photographing the damage. Fortunately, they just missed her roof. "I'm really lucky," she said.

A resident of River Towers in Alexandria said more than a dozen cars were hit by fallen trees in his neighborhood, leaving him unable to see his car due to the debris.

And in Manassas, a tree fell onto a house in the area of Old Dominion Drive, Prince William County Police told News4. The resident was able to safely escape, first reported.

There were no reports of any injuries.

During the morning rush hour, downed trees slowed traffic in some locations, including the George Washington Parkway between Belle View Boulevard and Morningside Lane.

Utilities reported nearly 30,000 outages at 9 a.m. Thursday, including more than 10,000 in Prince George's County and more than 5,000 in Northern Virginia.

However, the numbers of outages are continuing to drop. Here are the outage numbers as of 5:45 p.m. Thursday:

Pepco: 2,548

Dominion Virginia Power: 3,091

BGE: 1,616


MonPower: 1,193 (Md. and W. Va.)


Below, you'll find the numbers to call if your power goes out. Make sure to print this article, bookmark it on a laptop or put these numbers in your mobile phone.

Pepco: 877-737-2662 (1-877-PEPCO )

Dominion Virginia Power: 866-366-4357 (1-866-DOM-HELP)

BGE: 877-778-2222.

SMECO: 877-747-6326

MonPower: 1-888-544-4877

NOVEC: 888-335-0500.

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