WASHINGTON - A torrential downpour Tuesday caused flood damage and power outages around the D.C. metro area. Thousands of homes and businesses were left without power as several inches of rain fell across the area.
In northern Virginia, up to 6 inches of rain fell in parts of the Leesburg area. Emergency crews were called to several homes in Leesburg where basements filled with water during the storm. Two people were displaced after a house on Trongate Court was flooded up to the second level of the home.
Roadways, including westbound Leesburg Bypass, were closed due to flooding with traffic being diverted to other roadways. Eastbound lanes on Route 7 and Route 9 were also shut down due to high water with traffic being diverted to Dry Mill Road.
Video posted to YouTube by Alison Crawford shows heavy flooding on Market Street in downtown Frederick.
In Frederick County, authorities say Highland Street, the 500 block of West Patrick Street, Market Street at South Street, Center Street and West Patrick at Hillcrest Drive were closed due to flooding.
In Fairfax County, police say a sinkhole opened up on Blair Road at Columbia Pike after a night of heavy raid. In an image tweeted out by the Fairfax County Police, a vehicle can be seen stuck in the sinkhole. The area is closed to traffic at this time.
Blair Road at Columbia Pike is closed due to a sinkhole. Use Malibu Circle as alternate route. pic.twitter.com/Wlq9UKaxyf— FairfaxCounty Police (@fairfaxpolice) September 30, 2015
In Laurel, officials used a drone to inspect buildings that were damaged by the storm. City officials posted images online showing a fallen tree and debris following the storm.
According to Pepco, thousands of customers were without power near the U Street corridor Tuesday night. The utility company says power was restored just before 11 p.m.