WASHINGTON — A tree sliced into a house in Annandale, Virginia after powerful storms ripped through the region Thursday afternoon.
A massive tree uprooted in the storms and sliced into a two-story house in the 8200 block of Toll House Road around 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
The homeowners, a retired couple, were in the house at the time. Emergency crews transported them to an area hospital as a precautionary measure — they are expected to be OK.
Fairfax County fire crews had to rescue the male homeowner who was trapped in the house when the tree barreled into the top floor, Nancy Pergolizzi, a neighbor, told WTOP.
“That is the worst damage I’ve ever seen from a tree into a house. I don’t think the house is salvageable,” she suspected.
The tree knocked down part of the home’s chimney as well.
Pergolizzi said the rain came in sideways and hard in the neighborhood.
“I’ve been in some pretty bad rain storms and this really qualifies and really ranks right up there as the worst one ever,” she said.
Below is a map with the location of the incident:
Damage was not limited to Fairfax County. The storm and high winds tore off part of the roof at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church in Northwest D.C., flooded roads and damaged D.C.’s cherry blossom trees.
WTOP’s Michelle Basch contributed to this report from Annandale.