Photos: Spring storm brings burst of rain, hail

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A powerful supercell thunderstorm raced across Montgomery County, Md. and the northern portion of the District of Columbia shortly before 5 p.m. on Friday, dropping hail up to the size of ping pong balls. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Hail gathers after a storm in the D.C. area on April 21, 2017. (Courtesy Don Squires)
Hail gathers after a storm in the D.C. area on April 21, 2017. (Courtesy Don Squires) (Courtesy Don Squires)
Quarter-sized hail stones fall during the April 21, 2017 storm in the D.C. area. (Courtesy Don Squires)
Quarter-sized hail stones fall during the April 21, 2017 storm in the D.C. area. (Courtesy Don Squires) (Courtesy Don Squires)
Photo of dark storm clouds forming
A supercell forms at around 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2107 before moving over the northern tip of Washington, D.C. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Photo of storm clouds forming
A supercell moves over Washington, D.C. on Friday, April 21, 2017. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
A tree trunk breaks in half on Kentstone Drive and Linder Lane in Bethesda after a storm on April 21, 2017. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue/Pete Piringer)
A tree trunk breaks in half on Kentstone Drive and Linder Lane in Bethesda after a storm on April 21, 2017. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue/Pete Piringer) (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue/Pete Piringer)
Photo of a large tree in the side of a home
A tree falls on a house on the 8500 block of Lynwood Place near Manor Road. There were no injuries but one family was displaced. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue/Pete Piringer) (Courtesy Pete Piringer/MCFRS via Twitter)
A large tree on the 4900 block of Elsmere Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland, falls after a storm on April 21, 2017. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue/Pete Piringer)
A large tree on the 4900 block of Elsmere Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland, falls after a storm on April 21, 2017. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue/Pete Piringer) ((Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue/Pete Piringer)
Photo of a large tree in the side of a home
This large tree toppled into a residence in the 8500 block of Lynwood Place in Montgomery County, Md. on Friday, April 21, 2017. Montgomery COunty Fire & Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer says no injuries were reported. (Courtesy Pete Piringer/MCFRS via Twitter) (Courtesy Pete Piringer/MCFRS via Twitter)

This large tree toppled onto a home on Parkwood Drive in Montgomery County, Md. on Friday, April 21, 2017. No injuries were reported, but there was some moderate damage, according to Montgomery County Fire & Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer. (Courtesy Pete Piringer/MCFRS via Twitter)
This large tree toppled onto a home on Parkwood Drive in Montgomery County, Md. on Friday, April 21, 2017. No injuries were reported, but there was some moderate damage, according to Montgomery County Fire & Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer. (Courtesy Pete Piringer/MCFRS via Twitter) (Courtesy Pete Piringer/MCFRS via Twitter)
Photo of hail on a deck
A WTOP listener sent this photo of fallen hail after a storm passed through the region on Friday, April 21, 2017. (Courtesy Josh Arnson) (Courtesy Josh Arnson)
Photo of person with hail in their hand
A WTOP listener emailed this photo of hail that came down in Takoma Park, Md., following a storm Friday, April 21, 2017. (Courtesy Josh Arnson) (Courtesy Josh Arnson)
Photos of hail falling onto a parked car
Pellets of hail fall from the sky in Takoma Park, Md., during a late afternoon storm Friday, April 21, 2017. (WTOP/Judy Taub) (WTOP/Judy Taub)
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Hail gathers after a storm in the D.C. area on April 21, 2017. (Courtesy Don Squires)
Quarter-sized hail stones fall during the April 21, 2017 storm in the D.C. area. (Courtesy Don Squires)
Photo of dark storm clouds forming
Photo of storm clouds forming
A tree trunk breaks in half on Kentstone Drive and Linder Lane in Bethesda after a storm on April 21, 2017. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue/Pete Piringer)
Photo of a large tree in the side of a home
A large tree on the 4900 block of Elsmere Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland, falls after a storm on April 21, 2017. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue/Pete Piringer)
Photo of a large tree in the side of a home

This large tree toppled onto a home on Parkwood Drive in Montgomery County, Md. on Friday, April 21, 2017. No injuries were reported, but there was some moderate damage, according to Montgomery County Fire & Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer. (Courtesy Pete Piringer/MCFRS via Twitter)
Photo of hail on a deck
Photo of person with hail in their hand
Photos of hail falling onto a parked car

WASHINGTON — A powerful thunderstorm raced across the region Friday, April 21, 2017, downing trees and dropping hail up to the size of ping pong balls.

The thunderstorm formed in the panhandle of West Virginia and quickly intensified as it tracked into Montgomery County, Md. around 4 p.m. The storm produced large hail that stripped leaves from branches and winds that felled trees along a path through Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Silver Spring and Takoma Park.

No injuries were reported.

Hail up to the size of quarters was also reported in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties.

The storm was a supercell, an intense, rotating weather system, that tracked over 70 miles from West Virginia to the Chesapeake Bay.


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