WASHINGTON - Severe thunderstorms with large hail and huge wind gusts impacted the D.C. region as several tornado and thunderstorm warnings and watches were issued throughout Monday afternoon and evening.
The thunderstorms caused storm damage throughout the D.C. area while thousands of residents in Northern Virginia suffered power outages.
Storm damage in Reston. Neighbors say they were in the basement when they got an alert for a tornado. Didn’t hear the tree come down, but are thinking about cutting down trees after seeing this. @fox5dc pic.twitter.com/6MYCEEfpMi— Marina Marraco (@MarinaMarraco) May 15, 2018
The storms have even caused Spotsylvania County Public Schools in Virginia to close on Tuesday due to hazardous road conditions and power outages at more than half of the schools in the school district.
According to the FOX 5 Weather Team, a line of thunderstorms carrying heavy rain and lightning moved into the D.C. area after organizing from the north and west of the region.
The National Weather Service said the largest threat from these storms were potentially-damaging winds as forecasters warned that wind gusts of 65 to 75 miles per hour were possible.
Numerous severe thunderstorms will be crossing the Mid Atlantic this afternoon-evening. Wind gusts 65-75 mph possible. Take precautions now for potential wind damage. If you hear thunder, seek safety indoors. pic.twitter.com/4PKi9V08lH— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) May 14, 2018
The FAA imposed a temporary ground stop at Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport due to severe weather in the region, which were later lifted in the evening. Officials are advising travelers to check with their air carrier for flight updates and delays.
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