(Update at 10:50 a.m.) More than 10,000 Dominion customers are currently without power in Arlington, according to the company’s website.
Numerous reports of downed trees, branches and power lines around the county have been rolling in over the past few hours as today’s “high impact” wind storm continues to roar across the D.C. region.
As of as of 10:45 a.m., Dominion was reporting 11,409 customers without electricity in Arlington. Parts of the county affected include large portions of residential North Arlington neighborhoods, as seen on the map about.
Among a growing list of road closures around the county due to downed trees, police are blocking the 6000 block of Washington Blvd, just west of Westover, for a large tree across the road. Another significant road closure is N. Harrison Street between 26th Street N. and Lee Highway.
The fire department has kept busy, calling for staff to volunteer to work a double shift into the afternoon and making frequent trips to buildings where power outages have resulted in stuck elevators.
The Arlington County Police Department is advising residents to steer well clear of downed power lines and trees and to “remain aware of your surroundings and secure your belongings” today. The National Weather Service says the strongest wind gusts are expected through noon, though damaging winds are expected to continue into Friday night.
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) March 2, 2018
Have winds peaked? Many places may have already seen the highest gusts of the event, but damaging wind potential persists at least through the morning and into afternoon. https://t.co/uD731yCX26 pic.twitter.com/lU7LZBLFNU
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) March 2, 2018
🌬️🌳 ACPD responding to numerous calls for downed power lines and trees. Stay clear, even if you believe that the lines are dead or have been de-energized by the power company. Additional info: https://t.co/kWBow4Ewio pic.twitter.com/JPubcXr9CP
— ArlingtonCountyPD (@ArlingtonVaPD) March 2, 2018
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) March 2, 2018