Storms roll through D.C. region with heavy rain, strong wind and lots of lightning
Updated: July 14, 2014 - 11:31 pm
WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- A line of severe storms that dumped heavy rain along with bringing damaging winds and a lot of lightning rolled across the D.C. region on Monday afternoon and evening.
A bolt of lightning appeared to hit right behind the U.S. Capitol dome, possibly striking at the Library of Congress. There were no reports of any damage or injury from that strike. There was also lightning spotted in the vicinity of the Washington monument around the same time.
Lightning strikes dome of Library of Congress this afternoon. Courtesy Howard Schoenholtz at ABC NewsOne pic.twitter.com/KpPHaEAJqI— Doug Hill (@DougHillABC7) July 14, 2014
Thunderstorm warnings were issued for a number of counties in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland as the storms moved eastward; scary cloud formations even prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Tornado Warning for the Baltimore area as the storms approached.
The storm's aftermath left downed trees and power lines in numerous locations across the D.C. area. Utility companies reported thousands without power as a result.
(Editor's note: Above is a time lapse video of the storm approaching Ranson, WV. Inwood is to the left of center and Martinsburg to the right.)