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Storms Knock Out Power Throughout South Arlington

by ARLnow.com June 22, 2010 at 11:31 pm 2,022 5 Comments

A large swath of South Arlington was without power tonight after strong storms swept through the area and damaged a power substation in Alexandria.

Throughout Shirlington and all along Columbia Pike, homes, apartment buildings and traffic lights went dark. Police, swamped with calls, were largely unable to direct traffic, even at busy intersections.

As of 10:45 p.m., Dominion reported that 16,180 customers in Arlington were without power. Just before 11:00 p.m., power started coming back online in many areas.

The storms, which hit shortly before dusk, brought heavy rain and gusty winds to the area. WJLA reported that a 55 mile per hour wind gust was recorded in Rosslyn.

In front of Virginia Highlands Park in Pentagon City, the trunk of a tree splintered, sending most of the tree across the road and onto two parked cars. South Hayes Street was closed while crews with chainsaws and a Bobcat front end loader cleared the debris.

Elsewhere in Pentagon City, which escaped the worst of the power outage, large branches littered the sidewalk. On nearby South Joyce Street, in front of the Harris Teeter, a lamp post had come crashing down.

Around Shirlington, neighbors came out of darkened apartment buildings with flashlights to walk their dogs and talk with one another. A block party atmosphere prevailed in some areas.

But others used the power outage as an opportunity to conduct dark deeds.

In Nauck, a group of several men reportedly jumped a man, punched him in the face and stole his wallet.

  • David Panarelli

    Do you have any more information on the man being jumped in Nauck? Witnesses? Police response?

  • Katie

    I live in Arlington Village, off Walter Reed and Columbia Pike. Power went out at 9:30 pm. Soon thereafter, we heard lots of firecrackers. Power came back on around midnight.

    • Marty

      That’s odd – I live in A.V. too, but my power went out earlier @ 9:00, and was back on by 11:00.

  • Mike

    It is 12: 38 a. m. and we still don’t have any power in our apt. I am not sure we will have tommorow.

  • John

    Hello, we stayed with a friend on Fort Myer last night. No power outage issues on Myer-Henderson Hall. Our house is between Walter Reed and Wakefield HS (Claremont). Does anyone know if power has been restored to that area?

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