Storms ravage DC, leaving trail of destruction

- It was a scary scene as storms ripped through the District on Friday leaving behind a trail of destruction.

A massive tree fell on 32nd Street NW as winds hit speeds up to 65 mph. The flattened a car and caused damage to multiple homes.

“Our lights went off as we heard a crash but not that bad of a crash outside the house,” neighbor John Martin recalled as he looked at the massive tree. “I was annoyed. I’m going to be dealing with this for weeks.”

No one was injured by the falling tree, according to officials.

DC firefighters also responded to a rooftop fire that was sparked by a lightning strike on Seaton Place Northwest. Crews made quick work of the fire and said there were no injuries.

A family of four paddle boarding in the basin of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial had to be rescued by U.S. Park Police after the waters became too dangerous to navigate.

“The more the waves were hitting the sidewall it made it more difficult to try to get people out of the boat as it was unstable,” Sean Cox with U.S. Park Police said. “It sounded pretty hectic. You could hear the wind and the rain in the background.”

In the video player above, FOX 5’s Kristyn Leon shows us the damage caused by the storm.

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