WASHINGTON - Severe thunderstorms are impacting the Tuesday evening rush hour commute in D.C. area as drivers are dealing with flooding and downed trees.
High water was seen inside the parking garage at the Ballston Quarter mall in Arlington, Virginia.
A tree fell onto a vehicle and was blocking the roadway in the 1400 block of Rittenhouse Street in Northwest D.C. The branches also caused downed wires in the area.
Tree branches down on wires 1300 and 1400 Blk Rittenhouse St., NW, DC. Several roads closed; avoid area.— C on the scene (@Conthescene) May 22, 2018
⚠️***NOTE**^ Friendly reminder to treat all downed wires as if they were live, they could become re-energized without warning ⚠️@DCPoliceTraffic @dcfireems pic.twitter.com/NC4tZG5oWP
Another downed tree was also seen nearby blocking southbound 16th Street at Rittenhouse Street.
In Montgomery County, members from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services Swift Water Team responded to the ramp from northbound Rockville Pike (Route 355) to Interstate 495 after several vehicles were stuck in high water.
Traffic Advisory - High Water - ramp from NB Rt355 to OL I495 - driver self rescued, several vehicles stuck in Highwater (~ 3 or 4 feet deep) - MCFRS Swift Water crew OS pic.twitter.com/6G6FnpvGSX— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) May 22, 2018
A Metro passenger saw rain falling from the ceiling onto the platform at the McPherson Square station.
Drivers saw serious flooding at the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge that connects Arlington and D.C.
The start of Tuesday night's Washington Nationals game against the San Diego Padres has been delayed due to the weather.
D.C. Fire and EMS said a fire broke out at a home in Southeast D.C. following a lightning strike. No injuries were reported.
Update Workng Fire 2000 block 16th St SE. Fire caused by lightning strike to adjacent tree and attic of home. There were no injured and no displacements currently reported. Fire under control. pic.twitter.com/RfmaB00fAH— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) May 22, 2018