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For some, power will be out until Sunday

Friday - 3/4/2011, 1:02pm  ET

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A pedestrian crosses the street as she is met by a mix of wind and rain during a rainstorm in Washington, Friday, Feb. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON - Intense winds whipping through the area Friday has left thousands without power this weekend.

Wind gusts up to 60 mph were measured Friday, causing damage across the area as tree limbs and utility poles were knocked down.

A BGE spokesman says the wind storm caused more damage than the January ice storm, and some customers may not have power until Sunday night or well into Monday.

In a written statement, Pepco Region President Thomas Graham says everybody's power should be restored by Saturday evening.

Dominion also expects to return everyone's electricity by then too.

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High winds wreaked havoc on the Washington region Friday.

The heavy winds caused a utility pole to fall across Metro tracks near the New York Avenue station on the Red Line, causing delays during the Friday's evening commute. The winds also caused long delays on MARC's Brunswick Line, and forced The Maryland Transportation Authority to restrict some traffic across the Bay Bridge.

D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Pete Piringer says the roof of a three-story apartment building was damaged and roofing materials also blew off a church.

The winds also blew part of the roof off the Virginia DMV building on South Four Mile Run.

The website reported no injuries and the building was evacuated.

In Woodbridge, winds ripped the face off the Potomac Mills mall sign. A mall spokeswoman said the sign fell along guardrails on I-95.

WTOP's Sae Robinson and Kristi King contributed to this story. Follow Kristi and WTOP on Twitter

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