A large tree fell amid gusty winds at the intersection of N. Old Glebe and Military road Friday afternoon, bringing down power lines and closing the intersection for an extended period of time.
Police and firefighters responded after the tree fell, though there were no initial reports of injuries nor was anyone reported struck. Tree crews are currently on scene and power crews are said to be en route.
The falling tree knocked down power lines and in turn snapped a utility pole. Just over 100 Dominion customers in the area, mostly in the Arlingwood neighborhood at the far northern tip of Arlington County, are without power.
The tree appears to have narrowly missed a stone sign for the Old Glebe neighborhood.
Dominion’s website says power is expected to be restored tonight. An Arlington Alert says the intersection is expected to remain closed overnight and drivers should seek alternate routes.
Also currently closed: a portion of N. Old Glebe Road near the Madison Community Center.
INCIDENT: Trees Down
LOCATION: N Old Glebe/Military RD
IMPACT: Intersection anticipated to be closed overnight. Seek alternate routes. pic.twitter.com/m1VkY3HZk4
— Arlington Alert (@ArlingtonAlert) March 26, 2021
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(Updated at 3 p.m.) A portion of Old Dominion Drive is closed after a large free fell and landed on a passing car.
The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. just east of the intersection of Old Dominion Drive and N. Thomas Street, near Dorothy Hamm Middle School and The Horizons Apartments.
The tree fell on a car heading eastbound on Old Dominion Drive, crushing most of the frontend. The driver, who suffered minor cuts and some chest pain, told ARLnow that he did not notice the tree falling until it was too late.
“It was very shocking,” said the driver, Michael. “If I did not have my seatbelt on, we would not be talking right now.”
As of 2 p.m. the road was still closed in both directions, as VDOT crews with chainsaws, a front loader and dump trucks were working to clear the large tree from the roadway. Police are also on scene, helping to direct traffic.
Elsewhere in Arlington, there have been numerous reports of downed trees, branches and wires amid today’s gusty winds.
A tree that fell this morning near the intersection of 23rd Street S. and S. Dinwiddie Street, near Wakefield High School, closed the road and knocked out power to the neighborhood. As of 2 p.m. Dominion’s website reported 124 customers in the area were still without power, with no estimated restoration time.
A Wind Advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m.
Up our street – this isn't good. pic.twitter.com/6jATfuzryz
— Michael Neubert (@BikesBooksOther) April 10, 2020
Map via Google Maps
Update at 8:50 a.m. — Traffic has resumed flowing in both directions as firefighters were able to secure the line. At least one lane remains blocked.
Earlier: A quick-moving line of storms that packed gusty winds pushed through Arlington during the morning rush hour, downing some trees and utility lines.
The biggest impact thus far is on Columbia Pike, which is blocked at S. Taylor Street by a low-hanging wire.
Drivers should expect significant delays and detours between Four Mile Run Drive and S. George Mason Drive.
INCIDENT: Wires Down
LOCATION: Columbia Pk at S Taylor St
IMPACT: Low hanging wires blocking intersection. Seek alternate route. pic.twitter.com/AmKLg97w1A
— Arlington Alert (@ArlingtonAlert) February 7, 2020
Hearing some reports of trees and wires down after line of storms with gusty winds went through Arlington https://t.co/5cXftNZ9UW
— Arlington Now (@ARLnowDOTcom) February 7, 2020
(Updated at 5:20 p.m.) More than 500 Dominion customers — mostly homes — were without power in several North Arlington neighborhoods Wednesday morning.
The outage affected portions of Virginia Square, Cherrydale and Donaldson Run, among other neighborhoods, according to Dominion’s outage map. Power was expected to be restored at some point in the afternoon.
As of 10 a.m. Dominion reported 529 customers in the dark, down from an initial 2,600+ customers without power reported earlier.
Dominion spokeswoman Peggy Fox said the outage was caused by a tree that fell onto power lines.
“The outage was caused by a 3rd party (not associated with Dominion Energy) trimming trees,” Fox told ARLnow via email. “A tree came down on our lines and broke two cross arms and a pole… It caused significant damage and left many customers without power today. We are lucky nobody got hurt.”
(Updated at 6:30 p.m.) Nearly 400 Dominion customers are reported to be without power in the area around Wakefield High School on this snowy Tuesday night.
The outage follows a report of a live wire that fell across S. Chesterfield Road, prompting a road closure near the high school, according to police radio traffic. Dominion says the outage is caused by a tree on a power line and the estimated restoration time is between 7-10 p.m.
Currently, the outage is mostly affecting the Claremont neighborhood. Earlier, some 3,500 customers were said to be without power in Claremont and portions of surrounding neighborhoods like Shirlington and Fairlington.
Arlington County Police tweeted video of power lines sparking and an apparent transformer explosion on Chesterfield Road near Route 7, encouraging residents to “stay clear of downed trees and power lines.”
WATCH: ACPD officers respond to a downed tree on a power line at S. Chesterfield Road and King Street. Stay clear of downed trees and power lines and report hazards to the Emergency Communications Center at 703-558-2222 or 9-1-1 in an emergency. More: https://t.co/YKHd1X8XNm pic.twitter.com/Qk4isBW534
— ArlingtonCountyPD (@ArlingtonVaPD) January 7, 2020
(Updated at 2:55 p.m.) A large tree has fallen and is completely blocking the intersection of Yorktown Blvd and N. George Mason Drive.
Police and firefighters are on the scene. The tree reportedly also brought down power lines at the intersection, which is just down the street from Yorktown High School.
Drivers should expect detours in the area while crews work to remove the tree from the roadway. Eastbound traffic on Yorktown Blvd is being diverted onto 28th Street N., near the high school, according to scanner traffic.
Pedestrian traffic from the high school may also be re-routed.
UPDATE: N George Mason shut down between 26th St and Yorktown Bl. Yorktown shut down between N George Mason and N Dinwiddie. Seek alternate routes. https://t.co/yThuZHMXes
— Arlington Alert (@arlingtonalert) December 4, 2019
Separately, further down Yorktown Blvd from the fallen tree, Arlington County firefighters were on the scene of a possible gas leak at Nottingham Elementary as of 1:30 p.m. The school was evacuated while firefighters investigated a reported gas odor.
A tree has reportedly fallen, blocking the ramp from westbound Lee Highway to I-66, near Rosslyn.
Both lanes of the ramp are currently blocked. Drivers, including the driver of a commuter bus, could be seen heading back up the ramp in reverse. An Arlington County Police officer and VDOT sign truck are now on scene and blocking off the ramp.
Those on Lee Highway hoping to reach I-66 should continue heading westbound to the entrance near Spout Run.
No injuries have been reported as a result of the tree falling.
(Updated at 5:35 p.m. on June 30) A woman was killed by a falling tree limb on the 2600 block of S. Walter Reed Drive this afternoon.
The incident happened shortly before 2 p.m. Initial reports suggest a portion of a tree fell and landed on an older adult woman, who was knocked unconscious and trapped underneath.
Arlington County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Ben O’Bryant tells ARLnow a large tree limb fell and struck the woman on the bike path that runs along the street. First responders freed the woman and rushed her to a nearby hospital with serious injuries, O’Bryant said, but she later died at the hospital.
Arlington County Police are asking anyone who may have been in the area and witnessed what happened to call 703-558-2222.
Thursday evening, Arlington County released a statement about the incident, which happened on county-owned parkland, offering condolences to the woman and her family.
Arlington County is heartbroken that a community member was struck by a falling tree limb in a park this afternoon. Our condolences and thoughts are with the family.
The incident occurred around 1:45 p.m. when a woman was walking along a path in Lucky Run Park. Apparently, a tree limb fell from an 80-foot oak and struck her. Firefighters responded to the scene and transported her to a local hospital with serious injuries. She was later pronounced deceased.
Safety is our number one priority. The County is investigating further to determine as many details of what happened as possible.
A resident tells ARLnow the woman lived nearby and had recently retired.
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Arlington still is not fully recovered from yesterday’s severe thunderstorm, which packed winds near 70 miles an hour and left a trail of destruction in its wake.
N. Glebe Road remains closed between Route 50 and N. Quincy Street in Ballston, as crews continue to work to clear fallen trees, replace splintered utility poles and re-string power lines. It’s a similar story on N. Barton Street between 10th and 12th streets, in the Clarendon area, which is still closed nearly 18 hours after the storm despite.
In Arlington County, as of 9:15 a.m., about 6,400 Dominion customers were still without power — down from an outage peak of about 36,000 customers. The largest remaining outages are in and around the Rosslyn-Ballston and Lee Highway corridors.
Police say the county’s 911 call center received a total of 48 calls for trees down and 39 calls for wires down after the storm. The call center received 130 calls in the first half hour after the storm alone, according to the fire department.
Police and firefighters — as well as Dept. of Environmental Services, Dominion and other utility crews — all worked overnight to restore power and services, mark off and clear downed trees and wires, and direct traffic around closures and non-functioning traffic signals.
More via social media:
The results are in, here are the call totals generated by today's severe storms:
Over 130 calls were received within 30 minutes! ⛈️⛈️
It was a huge team effort by @ReadyArlington 911 dispatchers, @ArlingtonVaFD and @ArlingtonVaPD to keep everyone safe. #teamwork #weather #WX pic.twitter.com/Z1GVJHyhJK
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) May 24, 2019
Update 9:10am: Traffic signals at Washington Boulevard and Kirkwood are back online as are most major intersections. Wilson Boulevard at North Larrimore lights are on flash. Know what to do. #Vatraffic https://t.co/C8sgtLQEL3 pic.twitter.com/RQh4zhpoSj
— Arlington Department of Environmental Services (@ArlingtonDES) May 24, 2019
— Arlington Department of Environmental Services (@ArlingtonDES) May 24, 2019
Due to yesterday's storm, some phones at the Department of Human Services are down: Emergency Services crisis line (703-228-5160); Child Protective Services hotline (703-228-1500); alternative Adult Protective Services hotline (571-481-7755). Will update when they're operating.
— ArlingtonVA (@ArlingtonVA) May 24, 2019
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