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A tree in Northwest D.C. that was felled by the strong derecho storms in June. D.C. was spared from another storm of that strength.
Rebecca Cooper
A tree in Northwest D.C. that was felled by the strong derecho storms in June. D.C. was spared from another storm of that strength.

The D.C. area was briefly under a tornado warning, as strong winds and stinging rains brought by a strong line of storms sweeped through, raising specters of June's destructive Derecho storm.

At the peak of the storm, more than 12,000 residents in Pepco's service area and 8,000 in Dominion's were without power, though that number is rapidly going down as crews work to restore service. Gusts in excess of 60 miles per hour brought down trees and branches onto area power lines.

Downed trees and flash flooding in areas played havoc with the rush hour commute, causing road closures in Northern Loudoun County, Frederick County in Virginia. The Prince George's County Fire Department has responded to at least one incident where gusts blew a tree onto a two-story family home. The District Department of Transportation also reported trees blocking roads in NE and NW D.C.

Metro did not experience any delays, but fallen trees on the MARC line are causing lingering delays.

Even though the Nationals game was scheduled far after the tornado watch was lifted, the game was canceled, as light rain is expected through the rest of the evening. Wednesday's game has been made a double-header.

Wednesday is expected to make up for the wet weather today, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s.


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