Strong thunderstorms, fallen trees, power outages ravage parts of DC area

Severe to severe storms are moving across the area tonight, causing a lot of commute traffic. The storms have brought damaging winds of up to 80 mph, large hail and downed trees throughout the region.

Severe to severe storms will hit the area Wednesday evening, causing a lot of commute traffic. The storms have brought damaging winds of up to 80 mph, large hail and downed trees throughout the region.


Main updates:

  • A flood watch is issued for DC and parts of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia until 11 p.m.
  • A flood warning issued for Frederick County and the city of Winchester, Virginia has been extended to 1 a.m. Thursday.
  • A flood warning for DC, central Maryland and parts of northern Virginia was canceled early.

The weather affected evening commutes, especially in Virginia, as fallen trees, debris and electrical wires blocked area roads. These storms cut power to nearly 50,000 homes and businesses in Northern Virginia.

The widespread storm damage and power outages forced officials at Fauquier County School to cancel Thursday’s summer school classes and other school activities.

The worst affected area yet is the town of Warrenton in Fauquier County, Virginia, where hundreds of fallen trees and branches wreak havoc as they fall on homes, causing structural damage and blocking roads along Interstate 66.

Warrenton Town Manager Brandie Schaeffer told WTOP that Wednesday’s fast-moving storm swept across town, leaving spotty power outages.

June 23, 2022 |

Trees and power lines lined many of the main streets that ran in and out of downtown. No injuries were reported.

Wednesday’s severe storms wreaked havoc in parts of the DC region, especially in the town of Warrenton, Virginia, where hundreds of fallen trees and branches caused structural damage, power outages and blocked roads.

Thanks to Brandi Schaeffer

The weather affected evening commutes in many parts of Virginia as fallen trees, debris and power lines blocked nearby roads.

Thanks to Brandi Schaeffer

Wednesday’s severe storms cut power to nearly 50,000 homes and businesses in Northern Virginia.

Thanks to Brandi Schaeffer

Warrenton Town Manager Brandie Schaeffer told WTOP that Wednesday’s fast-moving storm swept across town, leaving spotty power outages.

Thanks to Brandi Schaeffer

The crew is expected to continue working Wednesday evening to clear the debris and restore power, Schaeffer said. Numerous trees were also reported blocking the US-15/US-29 Lee Highway between Warrenton and New Baltimore.

In Stafford County, Virginia, Twitter user Jason Nealis shared some of the damage left behind after Wednesday afternoon’s fast passing storms.

The storms also wreak havoc in DC, where rock fans were asked to take cover in the concourse in Nationals Park when the thunderstorms came. The Stadium Tour concert — featuring Motley Crue and Def Leppard — was paused due to heavy weather in the areastadium officials said in a tweet.

Fans of Motely Crew and Def Leopard try to stay dry in the Nationals Park hall after storms in the region delayed their concert. (Courtesy of Brendan O’Connell)

Earlier on Wednesday, Storm Team4’s Mike Stinneford warned that Pennsylvania thunderstorms could become supercells as they move into Maryland — with high winds and hail and a greater risk of tornadoes.

The Shenandoah Valley may receive a second wave of thunderstorms during the night hours. The main threat to this is soaking rain and a risk of flooding, especially if the ground is saturated after previous weather, Stinneford said.



Late Wednesday night, rain will pull from the region and overnight lows will become cooler as the front moves through. Another round of showers will limit sunshine on Thursday and keep temperatures in the lower 70s.

“Thursday’s best chance of rain is in the morning, and rain can reach several inches in places, so flash flooding will continue to be a concern,” said Storm Team4’s Chuck Bell.


Forecast:

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Rain and thunderstorms. Storms can be fierce, and rain can be heavy at times. Lows in the low to mid 60s.

THURSDAY: The showers end by noon. An afternoon sun. Highs in the low to mid 70’s.

FRIDAY: Sunny. Highs in the low to mid 80s.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and more humid. Highs mid 80’s to low 90’s.

SUNDAY: Hot and stuffy. Chance of thunderstorms after sunset. Heights around 90.


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