Weather Alert: Strong Winds Uproot Trees, Snap Power Poles in DC Area Sunday - NBC4 Washington

Weather Alert: Strong Winds Uproot Trees, Snap Power Poles in DC Area Sunday

A wind advisory is in effect for the entire D.C. region until 6 a.m. Monday



    Strong Winds Cause Damage and Spread Brush Fires

    Fierce wind gusts snapped at least one power pole Sunday. They also pulled a tree down onto someone's car and sent smoke across Interstate 95. News4's Darcy Spencer takes a look at the damage. (Published Monday, Nov. 21, 2016)

    Strong winds uprooted trees, cut power for thousands and contributed to wildfires in the D.C. area this weekend.

    Storm Team4 declared a Weather Alert through Monday morning.

    A strong cold front that began moving through Saturday afternoon is ushering in the coldest air of the season Monday, according to Storm Team4 Meteorologist Amelia Draper. A wind advisory has been extended until 6 a.m. Monday with winds gusting up to 55 miles per hour.

    Temperatures dipped into the upper 20s and low 30s Sunday night. Blustery winds and cold air will continue Monday and it will feel like the teens and 20s during the morning. 

    Damage and Power Outages

    Strong winds have blown down trees and branches throughout the region.

    In Kensington, Maryland, the wind snapped power poles and damaged trees, cutting power for 140 apartments, according to a spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.

    A large tree fell down on a house in Dumfries, Virginia, and in Bethesda, Maryland, a branch blocked part of Old Georgetown Road. Loudoun County officials also reported several trees had fallen in the county.

    More than 6,500 were without power due to the strong winds in northern Virginia. As of 5 a.m. Monday, outages were down to 1,750.

    Thousands of Pepco customers were also without power, including 2,000 in Prince George's County and 700 in Montgomery County. Pepco's outages were down to 80 at 6 a.m. Monday. Baltimore Gas and Electric Company is reporting more than 900 of its customers do not have power.

    The entire D.C. area is also under a fire weather warning as dry, windy conditions have increased the risk of brush and wildfires.

    Earlier Sunday, a wildfire caused major delays for drivers on Interstate 95 in Prince William County.

    A woman sustained life-threatening injuries Saturday after a large branch fell down and struck her in Rockville, fire officials said.

    Firefighters also put out a brush fire Saturday on Old Gunpowder Road in Beltsville, according to Prince George's County Fire and EMS spokesperson Mark Brady. Brady said the "wind driven" fire was possibly sparked by downed utility line.


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