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Friday storms cause power outage in Maryland

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Storms continued to whip across the region Friday, causing power outages and blocked roads.

The Church of God in Manassas was destroyed. (Photo: Gail Pennybacker)

BG&E officials said Saturday that power to most customers will be restored by 5 p.m. and that only about 500 remained without electricity.

The utility restored power to about 15,000 customers overnight after storms knocked power out in Calvert County and Anne Arundel County.

Pepco says that 500 customers in Montgomery County and the District are still without power Saturday afternoon.

In Fairfax County, Va., trees and wires were strewn across Richmond Highway at Holly Hill Road in Groveton. The debris blocked the southbound lanes and all traffic was directed to the northbound lanes Friday night.

Severe storms already brought plenty of heavy rain and lightning to the D.C. region Thursday night.

Lightning destroyed a building at a historic Manassas church and retreat overnight. Authorities say it appears lightning struck the Church of God building, sparking the blaze.

The church property is located in the 8800 block of Rixlew Lane across the street from Stonewall Jackson High School.

In several weeks, hundreds of people - including some 100 children - will be staying at this 70-year-old retreat. Parishioners say it was a miracle the thunderbolt didn't strike then.

Authorities say a lightning strike sparked a fire that heavily damaged a Clinton home in the 7900 block of Whitewater Court. No injuries were reported.

Around 12:19 a.m., lightning struck another home in the 200 block of Park Road, igniting a fire.

A Church of God parishioner in Manassas taking a photo of the prayer room. It burned to the ground last night after a lightning strike. (Photo: Gail Pennybacker)

Responding firefighters found heavy flames and smoke coming from all three floors of the home. Authorities say smoke detectors alerted a resident of the fire. No injuries were reported.

Damage is estimated at $300,000. 

The heavy rain is also blamed for flooding in Fairfax County.

Authorities closed Prosperity Avenue after a car got stuck in the water there.

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