DANGEROUS WINDS: Powerful wind gusts brought by nor'easter down trees and power lines, close schools
WASHINGTON - Powerful wind gusts brought on by a strong Atlantic nor'easter topped 60 miles per hour in some places Friday as they wreaked havoc across the D.C. region.
The overnight winds brought down numerous power lines and at one point left hundreds of thousands of customers in the dark. Whipping winds also brought down trees and scattered debris across many roads and highways.
The extreme winds gusts began overnight and are expected to stay with us throughout the day Friday and into Saturday morning.
Adding to the wild weather, the nor'easter that is dropping heavy snow in parts of New York and Massachusetts also brought light snow to the D.C. region.
In Montgomery County, FOX 5's Melanie Alnwick reported that a large tree fell on a house on Bexhill Road trapping a 100-year-old woman inside. Firefighters were able to rescue her and transport her to a local hospital.
Transit systems across the area experienced delays. D.C.'s Metro system reduced the speed of its above ground trains causing commuter delays of around 12 minutes. VRE and MARC services were canceled across all lines. Local police departments have reported stop light outages at multiple intersections. Wind restrictions were also in place for motorists driving across Maryland's Bay Bridge.
The Federal Government's Federal Offices in the D.C. area were CLOSED on Friday. Dozens of schools across the region canceled classes.
Airports up and down the East Coast were experiencing flight delays. Delays are expected to continue into the weekend. A pilot who landed at Dulles International Airport on Friday reported the turbulence caused widespread nausea to everyone on board.
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