Severe storms pummel DC region; several lightning strikes, damage, outages reported

- 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

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