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BREAKING NEWS — Storm Damage Shuts Down George Mason Drive

by ARLnow.com — November 17, 2010 at 1:23 am 2,029 3 Comments

(Updated at 3:15 a.m.) A brief but intense thunderstorm ripped through Arlington around 12:45 this morning, bringing with it high winds and driving rain.

A 54 mile per hour wind gust was recorded at Reagan National Airport during the storm, which covered area roadways with wet leaves and, in some cases, trees and utility lines. As of 3:10 a.m., 2,400 Dominion customers were without power in Arlington.

The most significant damage was reported in Arlington’s Tara-Leeway Heights neighborhood, near Virginia Hospital Center. Downed trees and utility lines blocked numerous side streets, which were darkened by the power outage. County tree crews were out in the neighborhood with chainsaws and wood chippers at 2:30 this morning.

A large tree and live power lines also fell across George Mason Drive, next to the hospital. Police have shut down George Mason Drive between Washington Boulevard and 15th Street while Dominion cleans up the mess. The road is expected to remain closed through the morning rush hour.

Storm damage was reported in the following locations:

  • 1600 block of North George Mason Drive
  • 1900 block of North Glebe Road
  • 1400 block of North Greenbrier Street
  • 5500 block of 14th Road North
  • 1300 block of North Illinois Street
  • 1600 block of North Harrison Street
  • 1800 block of South Monroe Street
  • 2900 block of 16th Road South

Update at 9:55 a.m. — The number of Dominion customers without power is now below 300. However, the medical offices of Virginia Hospital Center (not the hospital itself) are among those in the dark. Dominion spokesperson Le-Ha Anderson says crews hope to have power restored there within an hour.

Update at 10:00 a.m. — WJLA meteorologist Adam Caskey says that after analyzing radar data, he believes there’s a slight possibility that a tornado hit part of Arlington.

  • dpan

    I’m on the 2900 block of 16th rd south and we are totally screwed. It’s a HUGE oak tree that fell across the road, blocking the only access in or out of a cul de sac.

  • Lou

    That was messed up. Woke me up around 1:00 with the wind, then the power went out. It tried to come back on three times in the next couple minutes, but each time another transformer blew and it finally was off for good. Came back around 3:20 judging by the clock, so kudos to Dominion.

    I’m within a mile of those northside addresses, so we must have got the worst. So many old trees back in those neighborhoods, it’s a shame when they go down.

  • jan

    and even a greater shame when they’re not replaced, or shade trees are replaced with understory trees.

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