Damages reported after tornado warnings, thunderstorms in DC area

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Storm clouds hover over D.C. on Thursday, July 1, 2021. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)
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A branch falls as heavy storms deluge the D.C. area Thursday, July 1, 2021. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)
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Storm clouds over Northwest D.C. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)
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A house on Quesada and 32nd streets NW. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)
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A house on Quesada and 32nd streets NW. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)
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Storms move over Bethesda, Maryland, on Thursday as seen from Northwest D.C. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)
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Thursday’s storms have dampened the heat in the D.C. area, but they also brought damage, traffic delays and power outages. Here’s what you need to know.

Two tornado warning were issued in D.C. Maryland and Virginia Thursday night. Widespread damage has been reported in Arlington, Virginia, with numerous trees, wires and poles blown down.

In one instance, a large tree fell down on a house on the 4300 block of 16th Street North, trapping a person inside. Arlington Fire & EMS said that the person was extracted from the home and taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injures.

Earlier Thursday, the National Weather Service had also issued a tornado warning for central Anne Arundel County in Maryland and northeastern Prince George’s County.

D.C.; parts of Northern Virginia, including Fairfax and Arlington counties and Alexandria; and Maryland, including Montgomery and Prince George’s counties were under a flash flood warning for over two hours before it was cancelled.

Parts of the D.C. area were under a flash flood warning due the heavy rain that fell in short periods of time. Somewhere between 1 to 3 inches in total, and maybe 4 inches in some areas, had been predicted.

The storms had an impact on traffic in the area, particularly on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, where delays were over 5 miles eastbound to the Ritchie Highway exit, and traffic was halted due to heavy rain. Restrictions on the bridge have ended, but there were still residual delays.

Elsewhere, the WTOP Traffic Center reported several dark traffic lights throughout D.C.-area roads, as well as downed trees and wires and storm debris.

In Montgomery County, a large tree fell into an apartment building in Silver Spring, and occupants were evacuated. No injuries have been reported.

Pete Piringer with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said residents in five apartments have to find a new place to stay.

Meanwhile in Prince George’s County, a large tree fell onto a house, landing inside a bedroom on the second floor. No injuries have been reported.

Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman Lt. Michael Mayo said most of the calls for service were in the Davidsonville, Crofton, Crownsville and Annapolis areas.

“We had multiple homes with trees on them. No reports of any injuries in any of those homes or entrapments. We did have a couple of vehicles with trees on them. Also with no injuries or entrapments,” Mayo said.

In Northwest D.C., a tree fell on a house on 32nd Street. An upstairs bedroom and the back deck were damaged, but the neighbor across the street told WTOP’s Michelle Basch that no one was home. The neighbor said the impact sounded like a car crash.

In the Capitol Hill Neighborhood, a tree fell down on Massachusetts Avenue SE near Lincoln Park.


Thousands of residents in the area lost power. Some 21,000 lost power in Prince George’s County in Maryland, particularly in Bowie, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS spokesman Jennifer Donelan said.

“We’ve got traffic lights out, for instance, on Route 50. So it’s gonna be basically just getting the county back online in terms of power, getting the traffic lights working,” Donelan said.

There were about 50 to 60 calls for service for fire lines down throughout Anne Arundel County, Mayo said.

“And at one point we had about 40 call for service just for water and roadway trees, down power lines. Let’s do that. We have no information of any weather related injuries at this point,” Mayo said.


The rain brought on a temperature drop, and on Friday, relief arrives with highs in the mid 70s to low 80s.

Storm Team4 meteorologist Mike Stinneford said a shower or storm is possible on Friday, but it won’t be a washout.

There may be some scattered rain on Saturday, but the Fourth of July plans to be pleasant and dry, Stinneford said.

Thursday night: Showers and occasional thunderstorms, some heavy downpours still possible, especially south of D.C. Mild and muggy. Lows: mid 60s to near 70.

Friday: A few leftover showers in the morning, then a mix of clouds and sun. Breezy and warm but turning less humid. Highs: upper 70s to low 80s.

Saturday: Mix of clouds and sun. A stray shower or a thunderstorm, otherwise mild and comfortable. Highs: upper 70s to near 80.

Sunday (Fourth of July): Partly sunny. Warmer but still dry and comfortable. Highs: low to mid 80s.

Weather Radar 

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.

Julie Gallagher

Julie Gallagher is a freelance digital writer and editor for WTOP.com. She previously covered the 2020 election with CNN and has bylines in The Lily, WIRED, NBC Washington, The Baltimore Sun, Washington City Paper and more.

Storm damage on the National Mall. (Courtesy National Park Service)
Storm damage on the National Mall. (Courtesy National Park Service)
A large tree fell and brought down power lines, sparking multiple fires in Takoma Park. (WTOP/Nick Iannelli) (Courtesy National Park Service)
Debris in a road in Takoma Park, Maryland. (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)
Storms roll into Bethesda, Maryland, as seen from Northwest D.C. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)
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A tree falls on a house on 16th Street in Arlington, Virginia, after a night of storms. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
Trees, poles and wires down at end of 21st St N, off Nottingham in Arlington, after last night’s storm. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Downed trees and trees in front of a house along Decesaris Blvd. (WTOP/John Domen)
Lightning strikes in Bethesda, Maryland, on Thursday. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)
Trees and wires down at N Utah St at N 19th Rd between Lee Highway and Washington Blvd. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Downed elm blocks the ramp from Lincoln Circle to Ohio Drive in D.C. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
A tree branch blocking part of Rollins Avenue in Capitol Heights. (WTOP/John Domen)
Trees fell into two cars in the Capitol Hill and Lincoln Park neighborhoods. (Courtesy Twitter/@HattieinDC) (WTOP/John Domen)
Fallen tees blocked lanes in Bowie, Maryland. (Courtesy Twitter/@SimplePSIMan) (WTOP/John Domen)
On the other side of Enterprise Road, north of the closure, crews are replacing knocked down powerlines. (WTOP/John Domen)
A tree down in front of a home along Decesaris Blvd. (WTOP/ John Domen)
Stormy sky across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Thursday night. (Courtesy Michelle Dolge)
Severe storms in Northwest D.C. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)
Twitter users shared the storm damage they saw in the D.C. region. (Courtesy Twitter/@SimplePsiMan) (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)
Downed trees in Annapolis. (WTOP/Jack Moore)
Downed trees near St. Anne’s Parish in downtown Annapolis, Maryland. (WTOP/Meghan Cloherty)
Trees down in Annapolis, Maryland. (WTOP/Meghan Cloherty)
Gusty winds picked up ahead of Thursday afternoon’s storms in Virginia. (WTOP/Will Vitka) (WTOP/Meghan Cloherty)
Downed trees near St. Anne’s Parish in downtown Annapolis. (WTOP/Meghan Cloherty)
Storms pelt D.C. area Thursday. (WTOP/Jack Moore)
Heavy rain and storms sweep through Bethesda, Maryland. (WTOP/Jared Ruderman) (WTOP/Jack Moore)
Residents described “wild” rain and storms. (Courtesy Twitter/@fitdad38) (WTOP/Jack Moore)
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Storm clouds over the Rosslyn area of Arlington, Virginia. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
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Trees down on the National Mall, along with Independence Day fencing. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
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