April 21, 2024

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Downed trees, power outages across DMV due to strong winds

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The Washington Monument is closed Sunday due to wind, NPS posted to X.

WASHINGTON — Gusty winds knocked down trees and power lines across the DMV Sunday.

Several residents are reporting power outages, and downed trees have shut down roadways. 

A Weather Watch Alert is in effect through Monday evening for strong winds. A wind advisory is in place until 5 p.m. Monday. 

Here’s what you need to know.

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Power Outages: 

As of 4:30 p.m., according to Dominion Energy’s power outage map, 5,537 customers are without power. Pepco’s outage map shows 2,378 customers are without power in D.C. and Maryland.

There is no word at this time on when power may be restored.

Click here to check the Dominion Energy outages in your area.

Click here to check the Pepco outages in your area.

A power outage can be caused by a myriad of things but it is important to be as prepared as you possibly can, especially during severe weather. Extended power outages can impact everyone from a home to an entire community. It can cause issues with communication, prevent the use of medical devices, impact access to water and cause food to spoil while grocery stores may be closed.

Dominion Energy says residents should not connect any portable generators to a home’s electrical system. Under no circumstances should you ever bring a generator into your home in order to create heat. Odorless and colorless carbon monoxide gas from gas-fueled heaters and generators can build up, resulting in injuries or even death.

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A fallen tree has MacArthur Boulevard closed between Picasso Lane and Belfast Road in Montgomery County. Drivers are advised to seek an alternate route and to expect significant delays.

A fallen traffic light pole has Shady Grove closed between Gaither Road and Pleasant Road in Montgomery County.

The Washington Monument is closed Sunday due to wind, NPS posted to X, formerly known as Twitter.

It is important to know how to prepare and stay safe during severe weather. There are several ways you can make sure you are ready.

  • High winds regularly down trees and heavy branches in the DMV region, so avoid standing or walking under tree canopies.
  • Be supplied: Have medical equipment, medical supplies or any critical medications on hand and enough for 5-7 days.  
  • Figure out how and where everyone will meet up with each other if you get separated. 
  • Sign up for text alerts/weather warnings that may be offered by your locality. 
  • Secure garbage cans, lawn furniture or anything that could cause damage.

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2024-03-10 20:53:56

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