A storm system with a history of violence pushed through the D.C. region early Tuesday morning, downing trees with its powerful wind gusts of up to 60 mph, before leaving around 5:30 a.m. While the heaviest rain and a few thunderstorms hit around 4:30 a.m., the rain will continue afterward and patches of flooding and downed boughs are becoming an issue during the morning commute.
Here's a rundown of the latest storm-related damage and closures:
UPDATE (11:05 a.m.): A few thousand people in the region are still without power this morning. Pepco has 1,153 customers out of power in Montgomery County, 101 in Prince George's County and 48 in Washington. 425 customers of Dominion Power in Northern Virginia are also in the dark.
UPDATE (9:54 a.m.): ABC 7 photographer Irene Johnson sent in this photo of a tree that came down onto a home:
UPDATE 7:56: Check out these pictures of how this morning's storm brought down a huge tree on the National Mall.
UPDATE 7:46: Classes at Jefferson Middle School are cancelled due to a power outage.
UPDATE 6:43: Watch ABC7's latest report:
UPDATE 6:12: Eastern Avenue at Minnesota Avenue is closed due to high water.
UPDATE 5:22: A man was injured when a tree fell on his car in Chevy Chase. Read more.
For more on the storm, check out ABC7's morning report:
By yesterday evening, a squall line stretching 900 miles from Louisiana to Ohio was chewing up the gut of the country. An auto plant in Christian, Ky., took a direct hit from a tornado that shattered the aluminum structure and injured seven workers, including one dude operating a forklift who was thrown into a wall. Roofs were ripped open and a water-system building was damaged in Tensas, La. Fierce winds knocked a mobile home off its base and injured two men “inside a chicken house” in Hempstead, Ark. Etc., etc.
The potential for damaging winds around D.C. has decreased since the initial forecast Monday. But a jet streak – a fast-moving current in the larger jet stream – is racing by not too far above us, and some of those speedy winds could mix down to the ground, knocking down branches and possibly blowing around a few airborne bunnies. That the strongest portion of the storm will pass through D.C. in the dark, cool hours takes some of the punch out of this system. But unfortunately for light sleepers, it could still have some woof.
“If people don’t live near a bowling alley it may sound like they do around 4 a.m.,” says ABC7 senior meteorologist Bob Ryan. “There’s likely to be a lot of blurry eyes in the morning.”
A cool rain is expected to fall into the early afternoon as temperatures plummet in the wake of a cold front. Goodbye, record high temperatures (84 at Dulles and 86 at BWI) – welcome back to the cheerless 50s.