Strong Storms Topple Md. Gas Station Canopy

A local gas station is picking up the pieces after a severe storms brought down the canopy covering the gas pumps . 

Surveillance video from the Bowie gas station shows the 20-foot by 20-foot canopy crashing onto its side as high winds and heavy rain whipped the structure.  

"When you look at it in person you realize how big that thing is and heavy...It's been here for a long time, longer than I have," said Mark Morgan, who works at the station. 

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The canopy fell just before 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. Fortunately, no customers were at the business at the time. 

Employee Rashi Gomez said he nearly passed right by the Shell station when he was heading to work Wednesday morning. 

"I didn't recognize it with the roof off" Gomez laughed. "I literally almost drove right by."

The gas station is closed, but the attached auto-body shop is still up and running. 

The powerful storms also toppled trees and power lines throughout the D.C. area overnight.

Transportation agencies around the region reported some roads were closed Wednesday morning due to downed trees and wires and flooding. Amtrak is warning that service between Washington and Philadelphia is delayed. Maryland's MARC and Virginia's VRE commuter rail services are reporting delays too.

Strong overnight storms left trees and wires down across the area. Storm Team 4 meteorologist Amelia Segal checked out some of the storm damage.

A Girl Scout campout on the White House South Lawn was moved indoors as the storm moved in.
 

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