April 18, 2024
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By Samantha Latson, Justin Wm. Moyer, Jason Samenow, Jeff Halverson and Dan Stillman 

Abby Froehlich, who was watching three children at the home of her client in Northwest Washington when the wind blew up, saw the branches fly outside and heard the sound of a large tree falling onto the playhouse.

As she ran to the basement, with her children, she frantically sent a text message to their parents who were in a Bethesda cinema.

In a telephone interview, Froehlich stated that the wind was whipping at such a fast pace. It almost felt like he had walked into a tornado. He said, “I was worried that trees would fall onto our home.”

Three trees crashed on the Sower home near Sibley Hospital. Emily Sower stated that her husband had been sitting in the family room when winds started blowing. One tree fell into their bedroom, one in the room of their six-year-old child, and another onto their vehicle.

The roof of their 7,000 square foot white brick colonial is a mess. While they consider their next steps, the family plans to stay in a hotel. The fallen trees weigh down the home, which is causing further damage.

Sower pointed to the chimney in his driveway. We just want the trees cut down to figure out our next steps.

Authorities cleared the roads and removed tree limbs the day following the storm that caused the D.C. area to experience its most intense storm of the year. Meanwhile, police in Virginia were investigating what appeared to be an apparent storm-related fatality. Even though the weather was mild, many major tourist attractions, including the National Zoo, were closed on Sunday. Power outages will continue until Tuesday.

On Saturday afternoon, torrential rainfall and wind speeds exceeding 80mph were caused by a severe storm in the Beltway area.

The District was hit by a storm from the West shortly after temperatures reached 97°F – their highest temperature so far in this year.

The storm in D.C. did not have tornadoes and derechos. However, the winds in certain areas were still damaging, tearing off signs and roofs and toppling down trees on cars and buildings.

Downbursts can be seen in thunderstorms during the summer. They are wind gusts that come from clouds, and then slam onto the ground. These gusts produce gusts stronger than tornadoes.

Storms in the D.C. area are often characterized by blasts that cause strong winds. Localized downbursts are often referred to as microbursts while those that cover miles of ground are macrobursts. Both types of storms could have been present in Saturday’s storms.

Trees were reported to have fallen in Prince George’s County on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Prince William County. They also fell on Interstate 95 in Prince William County near Dumfries, the Capital Beltway and the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

Pepco’s outage tracking tool shows that more than 15 000 customers are still without electricity in D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.

According to a Pepco representative, the utility anticipates that all power will be restored to customers by Tuesday afternoon at 3 pm.

Armstrong said that “despite the fact that there are still many things to be done” even though 1,500 jobs have been reduced to 700. Armstrong stated that Montgomery County and Northwest D.C. had been the most severely affected by the storm.

He stated, “We’ll have to cut down a number of trees. Some of them have fallen onto our wires, poles, and have damaged entire sections of the grid. It will need to be rebuilt.

Armstrong stated that Pepco’s customers have been very patient but they need to be more so.

Dominion Energy spokesperson Peggy Fox said on Sunday night that the crews are “out in full force” and customers will have their power back by Monday evening at 11 pm.

Prince William County Police were investigating Saturday night’s death of 43-year old man after a fallen tree hit a house in the 15300 Block of Holly Hill Drive. Police said that they do not know the exact cause of death and have no other information.

Mark Maloy is the visual information specialist for the George Washington Memorial Parkway. He said that as crews removed trees, they closed the northern part of the road from Spout Run Parkway up to I-495.

Some closures are still in place as work continues.

He said on Sunday night, “We’ll need bucket trucks and cranes there.” “.

The National Zoo is closed on Sunday due to the cleanup of storm debris.

D.C. Fire and EMS Department, on Twitter (which has been renamed X) said that they responded to 810 emergency calls between Saturday and Sunday. Many of these were storm related.

The storm was still evident on Sunday even though the sun shone brightly and the temperatures dipped into the low 80s.

Herantina, Peters, who lives in the Takoma district of Washington, D.C., took her dog Nimbus for a stroll on Sunday, inspecting the damages caused by the storm.

Peters stated, “It’s quite surprising. The wind started to blow as I was sitting on my porch. Dark clouds suddenly covered the region. This morning I was walking my dog, when I saw these trees that were 100 years old. “These trees have existed for many years.”

Ben Lundin says that during the storm when his children were at home with Froehlich’s babysitter and they didn’t know it was raining, Froehlich sent him a text message to Ben Lundin, his wife, who had gone into the theatre. The parents were relieved when they returned to their home and found that the babysitter had taken care of both kids.

Lundin started cleaning up Sunday morning at five o’clock the remains of an old maple that had destroyed the swing set for the children.

He said “We’re all sad, because this tree was a part of our view.” The silver maple is gone. This entire area used to be covered by it. It’s now just a small remnant. This was an old heritage tree.

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