A big concern is flooding in Fairfax County.
WASHINGTON — Several roadways have been shut down due to flooding and thousands of residents in Northern Virginia are without power Tuesday as strong storms make their way through the DMV.
A Weather Watch Alert has been issued, with the worst of the weather, consisting of heavy rain and winds gusting 45 – 55 mph, expected from now until 10 p.m.
In addition, anyone traveling on the Bay Bridge is warned that the bridge is under full wind restrictions and only operating as a one-way for the time being.
As of 6:30 p.m., according to Dominion Energy’s power outage map, 7,112 customers in Northern Virginia are without power. Pepco’s outage map shows more than 100 customers are without power in D.C. and Maryland.
There is no word at this time on when power may be restored.
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.
Montgomery County Police report that downed power lines have closed Bel Pre Road, between Gaines Avenue and Chesterfield Road.
In Stafford County, only one lane of Telegraph Road is getting by due to downed power lines in the 200 block, according to officers.
According to Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Sligo Creek Parkway between Carrol and Flower is closed due to flooding.
Flooding is also reported in the area of Lawyers Road and Hunter Mill Road in Oakton. Drivers are asked to avoid the area.
In Fairfax County, flooding has shut down Woodburn Road between Spicewood Drive and Taylor Lane. The Fairfax County Fire Department responded to the scene.
A report of flooding has also been made at Wolf Run Shoals at Rutledge Drive in Fairfax Station.
In addition, the Bay Bridge in Maryland is under full wind restrictions. Only automobiles, pickup trucks, flatbed trailers, commercial buses and heavy-laden tractor/trailers are permitted to cross the bridge, and there is no two-way traffic at this time. The full policy can be read here.
A large tree is down in the 3300 block of Russell Road in Alexandria. Residents driving in the area are asked to remain cautious.
A tree is also down on Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast, D.C. at Monroe Street. DC Fire and EMS has cut and removed enough of the branch to reopen one of two lanes.
Park Police say Beach Drive is now closed from the D.C. line to East West Highway and Kensington Pkwy to Knowles Ave.
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.
If you cannot stay home, AAA suggests drivers always check weather conditions before heading out. Drivers should always travel with a full tank of gas, a fully charged cell phone and wear a seatbelt.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools is closing early Tuesday, by two hours, due to expected heavy rain, strong winds, and deteriorating road conditions.
- Officials say there will be no afternoon half-day ECI classes and no afternoon sessions at the Centers of Applied Technology North or South. Additionally, all afterschool activities – including the Board of Education budget hearing and all-county band tryouts – are canceled. New dates for those events will be forthcoming.
DC Public Schools and afterschool programs remain open today. All DCPS athletic activities scheduled for Tuesday have been canceled.
Alexandria Public Schools has canceled all afternoon and evening activities.
Howard University is moving to remote operations starting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday due to the inclement weather.
Stafford County Schools will open two hours late on Wednesday.
Culpeper County Schools will open two hours late on Wednesday.
King George County Schools will open two hours late on Wednesday.
Page County Schools will open two hours late on Wednesday.
Spotsylvania County Schools will open two hours late on Wednesday.
Fredericksburg City Schools will open two hours late on Wednesday.
Fauquier County Schools will open two hours late on Wednesday.
Peggy Fox with Dominion Energy gives tips for how to stay safe.
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