WASHINGTON - Severe thunderstorms passing through the D.C. region caused several reports of lightning strikes, downed trees, damaged homes and power outages Wednesday night.
Several Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued throughout the night in different parts of the region and a Flash Flood Watch was issued until 3 a.m. Thursday for the District of Columbia and several surrounding counties in Virginia and Maryland.
A roof was partially blown off of a four-story apartment building in the 1100 block of K Street in Southeast D.C. Three officers were in the neighborhood when the roof came crashing down.
“We were just trying to get the kids out of the way," said one officer. "It was coming to curfew time so we were just trying to get them all into the building, and then the next thing you know, the roof started caving in. Everything started falling off.”
Another officer told FOX 5, "The main focus is really just getting the kids out of the way because the debris was falling everywhere. We were basically pushing kids out of the way."
About 50 people had to be evacuated, but there were no injuries reported. The displaced residents were not allowed to return into their units.
An uprooted tree came crashing down on some condo units at the Fireside Condominiums in the 100 block of Duvall Lane in Gaithersburg, Md. Luckily, no one had to be evacuated from the building and no one was injured.
As of 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, thousands of residents were experiencing power outages:
- Pepco: 14,109 customers affected
- Baltimore Gas and Electric: 5,531 customers affected
- Dominion Virginia Power: 19,715 customers affected
Tree/Wires Down - 8100blk Park Crest Dr, large tree down w/ wires across road, road BLOCKED— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) August 18, 2016
Approx 50 people evacuated from 1131 K St SE where roof insulation was torn away. They will not be allowed to return inside.— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) August 18, 2016
Update - Timberlake Dr, house struck by lightning, bulk of fire knocked, FFs checking for extension & removing smoke, all occupants out— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) August 18, 2016
Working House Fire Greenbelt 7100 block of Matthew St in Greenbelt. Units on scene with fire showing from attic. Possible lightening strike— Mark Brady (@PGFDPIO) August 18, 2016
U/D Matthew St. Fire is out - all searches negative - confirmed lightening strike. No injuries.— Mark Brady (@PGFDPIO) August 18, 2016
Co39 takes in a tree that fell on a car during the storms. pic.twitter.com/lKfYcsy54Y— Bowie Volunteer Fire (@BowieVFD) August 18, 2016
4000blk Thornapple St, Chevy Chase, lightning strike, smoke coming from garage— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) August 18, 2016
1131 K St SE partial roof blown off 4 story apartment. Checking on status of occupants.— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) August 18, 2016
Update K St SE no injuries. Partial evacuation. Roofing blown off building. Structural integrity appears intact. Investigating further.— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) August 18, 2016
Units responding to the 6100 block of Kendra Way for a reported townhouse fire as a result of lightning strike— Fairfax Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) August 18, 2016
Update 6100 block of Kendra Way - report of smoke in attic. RIT dispatched. Report now of fire out; checking for extension— Fairfax Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) August 18, 2016
Update 6100 block of Kendra Way -situation stable. Most units being placed in service. Holding 2 engines & 2 truck companies a little longer— Fairfax Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) August 18, 2016
15900blk Emory La, sparking wires & brush fire, near house— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) August 18, 2016
100blk Duvall lane, tree on house— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) August 18, 2016
Woodbine house fire possibly caused by lightning 3300 blk Hipsley Mill Rd. PIO en route.— Howard Co Fire & EMS (@HCDFRS) August 18, 2016
Fire out | 3300 blk Hipsley Mill Rd.| cause under investigation.— Howard Co Fire & EMS (@HCDFRS) August 18, 2016