Strong Winds Topple Trees, Cause Power Outages in DC Area

Powerful winds are blowing throughout the area Monday, leading to tens of thousands of power outages and toppling trees across roadways.

Damaging winds toppled trees and led to tens of thousands of power outages throughout the D.C. area Monday.

Monday could be the windiest day since March 2, when a windstorm caused such severe turbulence for a Dulles-bound flight, many of the passengers got sick and threw up.

As the winds started to die down Monday afternoon, a high wind warning and then a high wind advisory for the D.C. metro area were canceled.

Toppled trees led to several road closures, including: Glebe Road in Arlington between 18th and 15th streets N.; Frying Pan Road in Herndon at Centreville Road; Old Dominion Drive at Franklin Park Road at the Arlington/Fairfax County line, and the right lane of inbound Clara Barton Parkway just after Cabin John Parkway.

In Takoma Park, a transformer fell on two cars parked on Garland Avenue. The owner of one of the cars said it happened five minutes after he parked there.

In Southeast D.C., a tree fell on a house, and in Northwest, a tree fell on a car. 

The wind also is credited with knocking down a brick wall in Springfield, Virginia.

At least two people were rescued Sunday night from their home on Kerry Lane in Burke, Virginia, when a large tree fell on their home.

Power outage numbers and locations have been fluctuating throughout the morning.

As of 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dominion Power still was reporting more than 2,300 customers without power in Northern Virginia after more than 14,000 outages around midday. In Maryland, BG&E reported almost 2,000 outages after more than 9,000 customers were without power earlier in the day. Pepco was reporting just a few hundred outages after more than 3,000 customers were affected in Maryland and about 1,600 customers were affected in D.C. around lunchtime.

The strong wind will be sticking around throughout the day. Watch out for downed power lines and flying debris. Secure garbage cans and lawn furnuture. And since the wind will be blowing perpendicular to I-81 and I-95, high-profile vehicles will be buffeted by a strong cross-wind. Be careful and aware when you're on the roads.

You'll see plenty of sunshine Monday, with highs in the mid to upper 40s, though feeling colder because of the wind chill. The wind will settle down in the evening. Tuesday morning will be clear and cold, with temperatures falling into the 20s and later reaching the upper 40s.

Most of the week will be dry, with temperatures at or slightly below average. 

UPDATE (Feb. 25, 2019, 7:20 a.m.): An earlier version of this story said a tree fell onto a home Sunday in Fairfax. It happened in Burke, which is in Fairfax County.

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