Possible tornado touches down in Tysons

<p>The National Weather Service will determine whether a tornado touched down in the Tysons area on March 31, 2022.</p>
The National Weather Service will determine whether a tornado touched down in the Tysons area on March 31, 2022. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
<p>A Sunoco gas station sustained damaged during a storm on March 31, 2022.</p>
A Sunoco gas station sustained damaged during a storm on March 31, 2022. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
<p>A Mobil gas station in Tysons saw roof damage after a powerful storm blew through on March 31, 2022.</p>
A Mobil gas station in Tysons saw roof damage after a powerful storm blew through on March 31, 2022. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
<p>A view of the storm in Centreville, Virginia, around 8:20 p.m. Thursday around the time a tornado warning was issued. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)</p>
A view of the storm in Centreville, Virginia, around 8:20 p.m. Thursday around the time a tornado warning was issued. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
(1/4)
<p>The National Weather Service will determine whether a tornado touched down in the Tysons area on March 31, 2022.</p>
<p>A Sunoco gas station sustained damaged during a storm on March 31, 2022.</p>
<p>A Mobil gas station in Tysons saw roof damage after a powerful storm blew through on March 31, 2022.</p>
<p>A view of the storm in Centreville, Virginia, around 8:20 p.m. Thursday around the time a tornado warning was issued. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)</p>

After severe storms rolled through the D.C. area Thursday night, the National Weather Service on Friday morning will assess whether a tornado touched down in the Tysons area of Fairfax County, Virginia.

Two gas stations on Chain Bridge Road in the Tysons Corner area had damages from what could be at least one possible tornado that touched down in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Video from the area showed strong swirling winds in the Tysons Corner area. (Editor’s note: The video contains profanity.)

Based on the reports the National Weather Service received from around Tysons, the weather service plans to further investigate the damage and determine whether a twister touched down, Brian LaSorsa, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told WTOP early Friday.

“We did see rotation on the radar with that storm,” he said.

LaSorsa said the National Weather Service received several damage reports around 8:40 p.m. and and it matched up with what the weather service saw on radar.

“It was about 8:41 (p.m.) where we saw the damage to the roof of the gas station near Chain Bridge Road road in Tysons Corner. And then, there was also a report of a ceiling panel that became dislodged off the Tysons Corner Metro onto the rail there,” LaSorsa said.

Typically, the National Weather Service sends its investigators to survey the areas where tornadoes were suspected to have struck.

Storm Team4 Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer said he believes it was a tornado.

“I do think this was a tornado … a small tornado,” said Kammerer, who called home while on the air upon realizing that his home was in the path of the severe weather. “Fortunately, they went down to the basement, and they were OK.”



Metrorail had trains running on one track Thursday night between the McLean and Tysons Corner stations due to a track obstruction. Sherri Ly, a Metro spokeswoman, said a ceiling tile blew off onto the track. Normal service resumed just before midnight.

As for damage reports out of Centreville, LaSorsa said, “We did see a pretty strong storm that goes through there. I don’t have much in the way of damage reports at this time from Centreville.  Most of our damage reports are from the Tysons Corner area. But again, that’ll be further reassessed.”

In Montgomery County, a tree fell along Sheridan and Hancock avenues in Takoma Park, the National Weather Service reported.

Damage reports also came in about downed power lines and trees down in multiple Maryland counties, as well as the possibility of damage on the athletic fields at Hammond High School in Howard County.

The threat of severe weather ended before midnight, but left some lingering showers as a powerful cold front crossed the area.

Friday will start out pretty gray, with increasing sunshine during the day. It will be breezy and cooler, with highs near 60.

Saturday will be mostly sunny with seasonable highs in the mid- to upper 50s. However, there will be a few light sprinkles Saturday night into early Sunday due to a low-pressure center marching toward the Mid-Atlantic.

There will be some break for sunshine Sunday with highs in the upper 50s, but it will be cloudy.

High pressure will bring drier air and sunshine back to the area Monday, with pleasant highs in the 60s.


Forecast

  • FRIDAY: Sun and clouds. Blustery and cooler. Midday showers possible. Highs in the low to upper 50s.
  • FRIDAY NIGHT: Clearing skies and breezy evening. AM freeze for some. Lows in the low to mid 30s.
  • SATURDAY: Sunny with clouds and cool. Highs in the mid 50s to low 60s.
  • SUNDAY: Morning clouds with sprinkles. Afternoon clearing. Breezy and cool. Highs in the upper 50s to low 60s.
  • MONDAY: Sunny morning and increasing clouds. Staying dry. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s.

Current weather


Power Outages

WTOP’S Neal Augenstein reported from Tysons. WTOP’s Jose Umana contributed to this story.

Colleen Kelleher

Colleen Kelleher is an award-winning journalist who has been with WTOP since 1996. Kelleher joined WTOP as the afternoon radio writer and night and weekend editor and made the move to WTOP.com in 2001. Now she works early mornings as the site's Senior Digital Editor.

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

More from WTOP

Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up