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Strong winds whip through DC region

Strong winds gusted above 70 mph Monday morning and brought thousands of power outages, damages and delays to the greater D.C. metro area.

WASHINGTON — While crews are working to restore outages in the greater D.C. metro area, thousands are still without power from strong winds ripping through the region at gusts above 70 mph.

Downed lines and damages had local authorities closing roads and responding to residences through the morning. Fallen trees hit several homes in Chevy Chase, Maryland, while part of an apartment building’s roof blew off in southeast D.C.

The National Weather Service initially issued a fairly rare High Wind Warning for Maryland, Virginia and D.C. Monday afternoon, but it was downgraded to a wind advisory and canceled Monday evening.

More than 30,000 power outages were reported across Maryland, Virginia and D.C. at one point. Fairfax County was hit the hardest, with more than 7,000 residents without power at its peak.

Peak gusts had reached 65 mph at Reagan National and 73 mph at Joint Base Andrews by the early morning hours.

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POWER OUTAGES:

Heavy winds caused thousands of power outages early Monday.

Pepco reported a decrease in outages in the morning from overnight, but thousands were still without power. Officials said there was a problem with one of their sub stations involving three feeders, which affected about 6,000 people. They hope to have full restoration by evening.

If you need the phone number for your power company, text the word POWER to 91035 and we’ll text it back to you.

CLOSINGS AND DELAYS:

Fairfax County Public Schools delayed opening for two hours Monday as a result of power outages in the area.

Get the full list of closings and delays on WTOP.com.

WEATHER:

Two distinct storm systems combining into one off the coast of New England brought the WTOP listening area a very strong windstorm expected to last throughout Monday. The National Weather Service issued rare High Wind Warnings for most of the area.

Winds all day will be sustained in the range of 20 to 35 mph with some gusts as high as 40 to 60 mph. Northwest winds may still gust over 50 to 60 mph for the remainder of the daylight hours before diminishing Sunday evening. Because of all the wind, temperatures will stay in the 40s all of Monday, but with plenty of sunshine. Read more in Matt Ritter’s workweek weather blog.

Get the full forecast on the WTOP.com weather page.

TRAFFIC:

Drivers are urged to use caution while driving, due to downed power lines, fallen trees and debris. The Virginia Department of Transportation reported some signals dark. In this case, drivers should treat each traffic light as a four-way stop, with the driver on the right having the right-of-way.

Wind restrictions are in effect along the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on U.S. 50.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue responded to at least 25 calls for downed wires since 11 p.m. Sunday through Monday morning. Officials ask anyone who sees a downed power line to notify local authorities immediately, and to call 911 if someone or something comes in contact with the downed power line.

Get the latest traffic updates on the WTOP traffic page, by following @WTOPTraffic on Twitter and by listening to 103.5 FM on-air or online.

COMMUTING/TRAVEL:

Unrelated to the weather, but worth noting, Metro is shutting down the Blue Line until Feb. 28, cutting off connections between the Orange and Silver Lines at Rosslyn and the stations served by the Blue and Yellow lines from the Pentagon through Alexandria to Franconia-Springfield.

No flights were cancelled in D.C.-area airports. BWI Marshall reported delays in Boston due to weather.

Check flight statuses at Flightaware.

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