Thunderstorms Rock Washington DC, Baltimore Saturday Night
A loud Saturday night rocked the nation’s capital with strong winds, flooding rain and tens of thousands of power outages.
Over two inches of rain was reported at Washington DC’s Reagan National Airport in a two-hour span as Tropical Depression Bill’s heavy rain slammed into the DC metropolitan area in the form of a strong line of thunderstorms during the evening hours, leading to numerous flash flood warnings the Beltway region. Strong straight-line winds were the primary hazard with the line of severe storms, but small hail was reported in central Washington DC as well. At one point, over 130,000 customers were without power in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia combined, although that number started to recede as of early Sunday morning. The storms also led to long delays at Baltimore-Washington International Airport and at Washington’s Dulles International Airport.
A 64 mile-an-hour wind gust was reported in Fernleigh, Virginia with the strong storms that moved through the area.
But perhaps the spookiest moment came around 9:00pm local time, when a tornado warning was issued for the city of Baltimore and the city’s nearby suburbs. Fortunately, no visual reports of a tornado in Baltimore emerged as a result of the warning, but widespread power outages and flooding rainfall were both reported in and around the city. A tornado was reported near Triangle, Virginia around 8:34pm EDT and another possible twister was spotted near Quantico, Virginia around 8:20pm EDT. Numerous tornado warnings were issued near Washington and Baltimore, including one in Annapolis, Maryland. Possible confirmation of any tornadoes will likely come from the National Weather Service’s office in Baltimore-Washington on Sunday or Monday.
More severe storms are possible for the Beltway area on Sunday and Monday, although the severity of the storms both days should be considerably less than Saturday’s. Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on these storms.
Meteorologist Chris Bianchi