Thousands Still Without Power After Strong Storms Leave Damage in DC Area

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Hundreds of people were still without power Monday morning after strong storms hit the D.C. area Sunday night, leaving behind lots of damage.

It was a nasty night whether you were out in the storm or stuck at home in the dark. Just about everywhere saw heavy rain, lightning and storm damage. There were still a lot of road closures and debris on the roadway late Sunday, so if you're heading out Monday morning, be on the lookout for any safety issues, and leave yourself a little extra time.

Storm Team4 Meteorologist Amelia Draper has the forecast for May 23, 2022, and the week ahead.

As of just before 5 a.m. Monday, nearly 12,000 people were still in the dark in Northern Virginia. The bulk of those were in Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax County, Dominion Virginia said. Pepco and Novec were reporting just a small handful of outages.

Storm Team4 says a cold front moving through was the cause of the severe storms that pushed through the D.C. metro area. The storms produced downpours, strong winds and lightning. Trees fell across roadways, leaving debris scattered in streets.

In Montgomery County, Maryland, a utility pole fell onto New Hampshire Avenue, dragging power lines to the ground and trapping a car in the damage.

On Walter Reed Drive in Arlington, Virginia, police directed traffic after a tree fell and blocked an intersection, and just a couple of miles away at S. Frederick Street and 10th Place, another tree brought power lines down, causing closures and power outages.

At least one person had to be rescued from a flooded road Sunday night. The driver of a pickup truck got stuck in rapidly rising floodwaters and was rescued by boat on Brighton Dam Road in the Brookfield area of Montgomery County, Maryland.

Montgomery County Fire & Rescue spokesperson Pete Piringer shared images of the flooded road.

A flood warning for several areas around the region expired overnight. However, continue to stay aware in flood-prone areas and remember: Never drive onto a flooded road.

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