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Strong Storm Rolls Through Arlington

Update at 3:45 p.m. — Traffic has reopened on Route 50.

A strong thunderstorm brought high winds, stinging rain and booming thunder to Arlington and the much of the Washington metro area this afternoon.

At least eight cases of downed trees, branches and utility wires have been reported. More than 5,700 Dominion customers were without power immediately after the storm.

The following damage has been reported:

  • On Route 50, traffic was blocked in both directions at Montague Street after power lines fell across the road.
  • The ramp from I-395 to Shirlington was flooded.
  • The traffic light at Wilson Boulevard and Patrick Henry Drive was dark after power lines were knocked down on nearby North Madison Street.
  • A tree came down at Wilson Boulevard and North McKinley Road, knocking out power to the neighborhood.

Here’s some video from the height of the storm in South Arlington.

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