High winds wreak havoc with downed trees, power lines in D.C. Metro area

WTOP reporter Dennis Foley took photos of some of the overnight wind damage in Takoma Park, Maryland. A wind storm knocked down trees and left thousands without power overnight Saturday, April 2, 2016. (WTOP/Dennis Foley)
WTOP reporter Dennis Foley took photos of some of the overnight wind damage in Takoma Park, Md. A wind storm knocked down trees and left thousands without power overnight Saturday, April 2, 2016. (WTOP/Dennis Foley via Twitter) (WTOP/Dennis Foley)
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A downed tree suppred the closure of George Washington Parkway at Spout Run, near Windy Run, on Saturday, April 2, 2016. (WTOP/Dave Dildine via Twitter) (WTOP/Dave Dildine via Twitter)
Rescuers from the College Park Fire Department work to free a person who was trapped after a tree fell onto a car in tthe 9600 block of 49th Ave. on Saturday, April 2 , 2016.
(College Park Fire Department via Twitter)
Rescuers from the College Park Fire Department work to free a person who was trapped after a tree fell onto a car in tthe 9600 block of 49th Ave. in College Park, Md. on Saturday, April 2 , 2016.
(College Park Fire Department via Twitter) (College Park Fire Department via Twitter)
Rescuers from the College Park Fire Department work to free a person who was trapped after a tree fell onto a car in tthe 9600 block of 49th Ave. on Saturday, April 2 , 2016.
(College Park Fire Department via Twitter)
Rescuers from the College Park Fire Department work to free a person who was trapped after a tree fell onto a car in tthe 9600 block of 49th Ave. in College Park, Md. on Saturday, April 2 , 2016.
(College Park Fire Department via Twitter) (College Park Fire Department via Twitter)
Rescuers from the College Park Fire Department work to free a person who was trapped after a tree fell onto a car in tthe 9600 block of 49th Ave. in College Park, Md. on Saturday, April 2 , 2016.
(College Park Fire Department via Twitter)
Rescuers from the College Park Fire Department work to free a person who was trapped after a tree fell onto a car in tthe 9600 block of 49th Ave. in College Park, Md. on Saturday, April 2 , 2016.
(College Park Fire Department via Twitter)
Rescuers from the College Park Fire Department work to free a person who was trapped after a tree fell onto a car in tthe 9600 block of 49th Ave. on Saturday, April 2 , 2016.
(College Park Fire Department via Twitter)
Rescuers from the College Park Fire Department work to free a person who was trapped after a tree fell onto a car in tthe 9600 block of 49th Ave. in College Park, Md. on Saturday, April 2 , 2016.
(College Park Fire Department via Twitter) (College Park Fire Department via Twitter)
A WTOP lister tweeted these photos in Northern Virginia. (Peter Beckman via Twitter)
A WTOP listener tweeted this photo of downed trees in Northern Virginia on Saturday, April 2, 2016. (Peter Beckman via Twitter) (Peter Beckman via Twitter)
A downed maple tree in Fort Reno Park in Northwest D.C. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
A downed maple tree in Fort Reno Park in Northwest D.C. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Chuck Penn, a spokesman with Dominion Power, tweeted this photo of crews in Fairfax County working to restore power after windstorm barrelled through the region overnight Saturday, April 2, 2016. (Chuck Pen, via TWitter)
Chuck Penn, a spokesman with Dominion Power, tweeted this photo of crews in Fairfax County working to restore power after windstorm barrelled through the region overnight Saturday, April 2, 2016. (Chuck Pen, via Twitter) (Chuck Pen, via Twitter)
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WTOP reporter Dennis Foley took photos of some of the overnight wind damage in Takoma Park, Maryland. A wind storm knocked down trees and left thousands without power overnight Saturday, April 2, 2016. (WTOP/Dennis Foley)
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Rescuers from the College Park Fire Department work to free a person who was trapped after a tree fell onto a car in tthe 9600 block of 49th Ave. on Saturday, April 2 , 2016.
(College Park Fire Department via Twitter)
Rescuers from the College Park Fire Department work to free a person who was trapped after a tree fell onto a car in tthe 9600 block of 49th Ave. on Saturday, April 2 , 2016.
(College Park Fire Department via Twitter)
Rescuers from the College Park Fire Department work to free a person who was trapped after a tree fell onto a car in tthe 9600 block of 49th Ave. in College Park, Md. on Saturday, April 2 , 2016.
(College Park Fire Department via Twitter)
Rescuers from the College Park Fire Department work to free a person who was trapped after a tree fell onto a car in tthe 9600 block of 49th Ave. on Saturday, April 2 , 2016.
(College Park Fire Department via Twitter)
A WTOP lister tweeted these photos in Northern Virginia. (Peter Beckman via Twitter)
A downed maple tree in Fort Reno Park in Northwest D.C. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Chuck Penn, a spokesman with Dominion Power, tweeted this photo of crews in Fairfax County working to restore power after windstorm barrelled through the region overnight Saturday, April 2, 2016. (Chuck Pen, via TWitter)

WASHINGTON– High winds across the region have caused tens of thousands of power outages overnight into the early morning hours Sunday, leaving at least one person seriously hurt in College Park, Maryland.

According to Prince George’s County Fire and Rescue, a tree and a power line fell on a car with two people inside on 49th Avenue, near Cherry Hill Road, in College Park. Police said a man was able to get out of the car but a woman was trapped in the driver’s seat and had to be extricated from the car. Both were taken to the hospital. The woman was seriously hurt. The incident happened around 11 p.m.

On Saturday, the high wind gusts began to creep into the region around 10:30 p.m., toppling trees and downing power lines, which triggered small fires. WTOP listeners have been reporting and Tweeting downed power lines, trees and tree limbs across the area as high winds continued through mid-morning Sunday.

Prince George’s County personnel responded to 352 calls for service within between 10 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday, most of which were wind-related calls. Firefighters also responded to storm-related fires in Riverdale and Bowie, Maryland early Sunday.

As of 10 a.m., Dominion Virginia Power was reporting 9,000 outages (down from 30,000 at dawn) in Northern Virginia, with most of those out of power in Fairfax County. Pepco is reporting 1,000 outages in the District (down from 4,000), while BGE is reporting about 2,000 outages (down from 4,000) in Prince George’s County, Anne Arundel, and Howard Counties. SMECO says it has about 1,000 outages remaining in Southern Maryland, and Rappahannock Electric Cooperative says it has about 1,400 homes without power Sunday morning.

WTOP’s Tiffany Arnold contributed to this report

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