WASHINGTON - Heavy storms that began to move through the D.C. region Sunday night caused dangerous traffic conditions and brought flooding and power outages to parts of the DMV early Monday morning.
Rain continued to fall hard and brought traffic to most of the area's highways to a crawl. Morning commuters saw an extended drive to work and school while numerous crashes closed parts of many roadways, including in Prince George’s County were several traffic-related deaths were reported in a span of 24-hours. The latest fatal collision occurred at about 3 a.m. along Route 193 at Marietta Station Drive in the Glenn Dale area.
Flood warnings were put into effect in parts of D.C., Maryland and Virginia. In Kensington, high water stranded a vehicle and closed a portion of Beach Drive for several hours. The motorist was able to escape to safety. Police and fire officials around the region stressed the importance of not trying to navigate through high-standing water.
The downpour, which produced heavy winds and thunder, was also to blame for thousands of power outages. Several thousand customers were without electricity Monday as utility crews worked to restore service. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Monday morning.
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